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Ch 9: FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Structure in Informational Text

About This Chapter

Eighth-graders wishing to excel on the reading portion of the FSA - Grade 8 ELA exam will benefit from this study chapter on structure in informational texts. The lessons were designed to maximize lesson retention by experienced instructors.

FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Structure in Informational Text - Chapter Summary

Take your student beyond the face value of a written piece and help them get more out of what they read. This chapter includes lessons on the organization of a text and getting at meanings with context clues. When the chapter is over, your student will be prepared to answer questions on the FSA - Grade 8 ELA exam about:

  • Word choice, meaning, and tone
  • Prior knowledge and word structure
  • Analysis of text purpose and features
  • The author: attitude and credibility
  • Texts with opposing arguments

The lessons can always be reviewed when needed by the student. Video-lessons come with interactive timelines that enable rapid, topic-by-topic search and written transcripts meant to increase comprehension with multiple exposure to the same material. Quizzes and practice exams will help ensure retention of lesson materials for the real test.

FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Structure in Informational Text - Chapter Objectives

The FSA - Grade 8 ELA is meant to gauge the development of Florida's 8th-graders on their achievement in English language arts. This chapter is relevant to the reading portion of the exam. The two 85-minute reading assessments are computer-based and feature question formats like multiple-choice, open-response, and technology-enhanced or interactive.

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Structure in Informational Text
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Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

1. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

2. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

3. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

4. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.

What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

5. What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

You think the newest computers and smart phones have more features than dusty old books? You might think again after reading this lesson, where you'll see text features defined along with a few examples of these helpful textual enhancements!

How to Recognize Attitude Expressed by the Author Towards a Subject

6. How to Recognize Attitude Expressed by the Author Towards a Subject

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize an author's attitude toward his or her subject. We will pay close attention to the difference between formal, objective writing, and informal, subjective writing.

Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

7. Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

Find out what author credibility is and how it makes a difference to your research paper. Learn how to determine author credibility and where to find reliable sources.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

8. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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