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Historical Text & Information Analysis - Chapter Summary
Re-familiarize yourself with historical text and information analysis with this chapter. Get caught-up on major topics, such as assessing whether historical documents are valid, or determining the purpose of a given text. Additional topics to brush-up on in this chapter include the following:
- Analyzing informational texts for textual evidence
- Information expressed in graphic and written formats
- Interpreting historical data via visual representations
- Deciphering informed opinions, facts and persuasion methods
- Identifying stereotypes, assumptions, and biases
- Techniques for understanding historical timelines
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To help you get back in the swing of things, pay special attention to how we organize our materials. Our chapters address the bigger concepts, such as this chapter on historical text and information analysis. Within that bigger concept are a bunch of individual topics, and we make each of those topics into lessons. Remember that we keep our lessons short, because we want to keep you focused without weighing you down.
1. Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives
Historians have to analyze a great deal of data in order to find out what sources are worthwhile. However, many sources may not be valid. This lesson explains how historians are able to find out which sources are worth their attention.
2. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text
In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.
3. Comparing Written & Graphic Presentations of Information
In this lesson we will discuss different formats for conveying information, including photos, videos, slideshows, and standard text format. Specifically, we will focus on the pros and cons of each for conveying information on social sciences topics.
4. How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data
Think that historians only rely on dense textbooks full of nothing but words, dates, and more words? Think again. Historians actually use a variety of visual representations, ranging from images that they create to visuals that are sources themselves.
5. 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.
6. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction
How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.
7. 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.
8. Historical Timelines: Strategies for Interpretation
In this lesson we will learn about strategies for interpreting historical timelines. We will also learn how to find connections between world, American, and local historical events.
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- Development of Religions
- Islamic Culture
- Fall of the Roman Empire
- Ancient China
- Early Civilizations in the Americas
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- European Imperialism
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- Events & Leaders of the American Revolution
- Early Evolution of American Government
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- The American Civil War
- After the Civil War: Reconstruction
- American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century
- American Imperialism
- A World at War - WWI
- 1920s America
- America and the Great Depression
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- Post-WWII World Cultures & Politics (1946-1959)
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