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History Study Skills - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this study guide to reinforce your knowledge of how to gather, evaluate and process information when conducting historical research. You will review older and discover newer ways to collect and evaluate source materials, differentiate between opinion, persuasion and fact and examine articles and essays to find the central themes. These lessons cover the following material:
- Reading and interpreting historical timelines
- Finding the central idea and examining the reasoning in an essay or article
- Examining historical narratives and documents for validity
- Comparing fact, persuasion and informed opinion in nonfiction works
- Collecting and assembling needed information
This powerful, comprehensive study guide combines short, well-written and carefully researched lessons with self-assessment quizzes and chapter tests so that all of the tools you need are at your fingertips. Ready access to our expert instructors and subject-area specialists ensures that help is as close as your computer mouse, and the dashboard feature provides a well-organized means of staying on track.
1. 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.
2. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article
Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.
3. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.
4. Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives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.
5. 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.
6. Gathering Relevant & Essential Information in Research
In this lesson we will discuss how to distinguish relevant and essential information from irrelevant and incidental information when doing research. This will help when you are researching a topic or writing a paper.
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