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GED Social Studies: Analysis Skills - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter break down various analytical skills you'll want to have sharpened before tackling the GED Social Studies test. You'll go over skills that apply to the different forms of questions on this portion of the exam so you can be ready to ace this section of the test. Topics covered include working with historical content, determining fact vs. opinion in texts, the implied main idea, and all of the following:
- Spotting cause and effect
- Recognizing bias
- Comparing ideas within a reading selection
- Using context to find meaning
The practice quizzes accompanying these lessons give you the chance to test your understanding of the material subject-by-subject, with a practice final exam at the chapter's end providing a more thorough test of your comprehension. These assessments can be taken an unlimited number of times and are printable in worksheet form for offline use.
1. Analyzing Historical Documents & Images
In this lesson we will examine ways to analyze historical documents and images. We will learn how to place historical materials in context and determine meaning.
2. What are Political Cartoons? - History & Analysis
Political cartoons have a rich history that is as interesting as the cartoons are visually entertaining. In this lesson, you'll learn how political cartoons have shaped our past and continue to shape our society today, and how to analyze their messages.
3. Making Inductive & Deductive Inferences About a Text
Inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning are two often confused methods that are used to make inferences or assumptions about a text. Read on to find out the difference between these inferences and how they can be used to better understand a written work.
4. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection
When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.
5. Analyzing Sequence of Events in an Informational Text
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the different types of sequencing of events from non-fiction, informational text. You will learn how to use context clues and make inferences about the ordering of events in a text.
6. Correlation vs. Causation: Differences & Definition
When conducting experiments and analyzing data, many people often confuse the concepts of correlation and causation. In this lesson, you will learn the differences between the two and how to identify one over the other.
7. Identifying Cause & Effect in Historical Documents
In this lesson, we will learn about the cause and effect surrounding important historical documents. We will examine the historical context surrounding these documents, learn why they were created, and analyze their role in history.
8. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text
This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.
9. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works
In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.
10. How to Compare & Contrast Ideas in a Reading Selection
The ability to compare and contrast the many ideas in one reading selection can be an overwhelming task. This video lesson gives a step-by-step method of how to successfully compare and contrast ideas in a reading selection.
11. Guidelines for Evaluating Arguments
When evaluating an argument, there's a lot to consider. In this lesson you'll learn some guidelines for evaluating the quality of an argument, and whether it is sound.
12. How to Evaluate Scientific Claims & Arguments
When you hear about the new scientific discovery, how can you be sure that it's true? Learn how to evaluate scientific claims and arguments, and then test your new skills with a quiz.
13. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays
In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos. Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area.
14. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words
With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.
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Other chapters within the GED Social Studies: Civics & Government, US History, Economics, Geography & World course
- About the GED: Social Studies
- GED Question Types
- GED Social Studies: Reading Skills
- GED Social Studies: Writing Skills
- GED Social Studies: Math Skills
- World History (8000 BCE to 600 CE)
- World History (600 to 1600)
- World History (1600 to 1930)
- World History (1930 to Present)
- U.S. History (Pre-Columbian Period to 1791)
- U.S. History (1791 to 1877)
- U.S. History (1877 to 1929)
- U.S. History (1929 to Present)
- Post World War II Politics & Culture
- Types of Governments
- The History of American Democracy
- Key Documents in the Creation of the U.S.
- Overview of Federalism in the United States
- Election Process
- Individual Rights & Civic Responsibilities
- Public Policy Overview
- Foundations of Economics
- Basic Geography Tools & Concepts
- Physical Features of the Earth & the Environment
- Overview & Effects of Human Migration
- GED Social Studies Flashcards