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FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Analyzing Informational Text - Chapter Summary
Our experienced instructors will help your 8th-grader enhance their ability to make judgements about and draw conclusions from informational text. From comparing information in multiple mediums to recognizing inconsistencies in a text, these lessons will help prepare your student for life as a competent reader. By the end of this chapter, your student will have covered:
- Evaluation of quality sources
- Analysis of an argument
- Reading comprehension
- Structure analysis
- Interpretation of scientific data
- Analysis of graphic information
- Definition of nonfiction
- Types of literary nonfiction
All lessons are available for repeated use by the student wanting to review. Video lessons come with written transcripts that enable enhanced comprehension and an interactive timeline that allows review by major topic. The experienced instructors are available to answer questions through the system, and the quizzes and practice exam can expose the student to the kinds of questions they may face on the test.
FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Analyzing Informational Text - Chapter Objectives
The Florida Department of Education uses the FSA - Grade 8 ELA to examine the development of their 8th-grade students relative to the Florida Standards in English language arts. This chapter is relevant to the two 85-minute reading assessments. The exam is computer-based with questions in the following formats: multiple-choice, open-response, and technology-enhanced (interactive).
1. Comparing Information Presented Through Different Mediums
Different mediums, such as television, film, stage, and books, may often present the same story or the same text, but changing the medium will always inherently change the way the story is presented. This lesson uses ''Romeo and Juliet'' as an example to show how information changes when presented through new mediums.
2. How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text
In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize gaps and inconsistencies in nonfiction and fiction texts. We will pay special attention to gaps in arguments and informational texts.
3. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth
It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!
4. How to Recognize Statements that Strengthen or Weaken Arguments
In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize statements that strengthen or weaken arguments. We will pay special attention to identifying strong and weak claims, reasons, and evidence.
5. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension
In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.
6. Analyzing Structure in an Informational Text
In this lesson, we examine several of the most common structures that an informational text might use and the different ways each structure helps an author create an argument or deliver their message.
7. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems
Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.
8. How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text
In this lesson, we explore graphic information in texts. We will take a look at the types of graphics often seen in nonfiction, learn how to analyze them, and see how they contribute to the texts' information.
9. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples
There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.
10. Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More
Watch this video lesson to explore the world of literary nonfiction. You will learn the similarities and differences between journals, diaries, memoirs and much more.
11. Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies
Literary nonfiction consists of many types of writing. Two of the most popular types are biographies and autobiographies. Watch this video lesson to learn more about these two types.
12. Autobiography: Definition & Examples
This lesson examines the genre of nonfiction. Specifically, you will learn how an autobiography is nonfiction, with examples illustrating the concepts.
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Other chapters within the FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Test Prep & Practice course
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Key Ideas in Literature
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Understanding Diction & Tone
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Conventions of Standard English
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Acquiring & Using Vocabulary
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Interpreting Literature
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Craft & Structure in Literature
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Comparing Literary Genres
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Key Ideas in Informational Text
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Structure in Informational Text
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Argumentative Writing
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Informative Writing
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Narrative Writing
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Writing Clearly & Effectively
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Revising & Editing Written Work
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Effective Research Skills
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Collaborative Communication
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Public Speaking Skills
- FSA - Grade 8 ELA Flashcards