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Ch 11: Interpreting Informational Texts & Data

About This Chapter

This chapter will help you review the processes, strategies and methods used to evaluate the credibility and worth of informational texts, read and interpret visual displays of information, teach abstract reasoning skills and independent learning, and use technology to aid in reading instruction and assessment.

Interpreting Informational Texts & Data - Chapter Summary

Improve your understanding of informational texts and the components of assessing and analyzing informational texts by reviewing the material in these lessons. These lessons will also offer some information about teaching independent learning strategies and using technology in reading instructions and assessment. Each lesson was put together by one of our expert instructors so that you would be able to have an effective review of:

  • Ways to determine if sources are credible and have worth
  • How to interpret line graphs, tables and other visual presentations of data
  • Features of technical writing
  • Strategies for teaching content-area writing and writing across content areas
  • Reading strategies for close reading and expository texts
  • Definitions and examples of abstract reasoning
  • Promoting independent learning strategies in students
  • Technologies used in reading instruction and literacy assessment

Along with these lessons, you will have the opportunity to complete practice quizzes and a chapter exam. Use the lesson transcripts to improve your understanding of the material covered and study the key terms of the chapter. Take the lesson quizzes to determine what topics you don't understand, so that you may identify topics you need to review further. Then, once you've completed all the lessons and quizzes in the chapter, use the practice chapter exam to measure your overall understanding of the chapter.

14 Lessons in Chapter 11: Interpreting Informational Texts & Data
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

1. 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!

Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs

2. Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs

Watch this video lesson to find out how useful line graphs can be and how much information you can gain just from looking at one. Learn how you can apply that information in your own life to help you make better decisions.

Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

3. 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.

How Supplemental Features Add to an Informational Text

4. How Supplemental Features Add to an Informational Text

Informational texts are nonfiction writings that inform the audience about a topic. To help organize these texts, supplemental features are used. These include print features, organizational aids, and visuals.

What is Technical Writing?

5. What is Technical Writing?

You might not be a doctor or an IT specialist, but you've probably had more experience with technical writing than you realize. Find out how when you explore the features of this specialized communication style in this lesson.

Teaching Strategies for Content-Area Writing

6. Teaching Strategies for Content-Area Writing

All subject areas are required to incorporate writing in some form. This lesson offers strategies for teaching content area writing in two ways - learning to write and writing to learn.

Strategies for Teaching Reading & Writing Across Content Areas

7. Strategies for Teaching Reading & Writing Across Content Areas

Students are required to read and write in most subject areas. How can teachers support this? This lesson discusses strategies that promote writing and reading comprehension in all content areas.

Close Reading: Strategies & Techniques

8. Close Reading: Strategies & Techniques

In this lesson you will learn what it is to read closely. You will explore strategies and techniques for close reading a text, including highlighting anything that is surprising to you and asking and answering questions about the text.

Reading Strategies for Expository Texts

9. Reading Strategies for Expository Texts

Reading informational text and understanding the main ideas can be tricky. Teaching students key strategies and concepts helps them build the right set of skills. This lesson defines expository texts, outlines their components, and offers some teaching tips.

Strategies for Assessing Reading Materials

10. Strategies for Assessing Reading Materials

One of the most important aspects of being an English language arts teacher is choosing suitable reading materials for your students. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for choosing the most appropriate materials.

Abstract Reasoning: Definition & Examples

11. Abstract Reasoning: Definition & Examples

Abstract reasoning involves flexible thinking, creativity, judgment, and logical problem solving. Learn more about abstract reasoning and how it differs from concrete reasoning from examples, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Independent Learning Strategies

12. Independent Learning Strategies

Learn about strategies teachers can use to help their students build independent learning skills. Included are the foundations of a good independent learning lesson and some examples of activities teachers can easily implement.

Technology Used in Reading Instruction

13. Technology Used in Reading Instruction

In this lesson, we will explore the different uses of technology for reading instruction and how it can be a valuable tool in the classroom. We will discuss some of the options available for your classroom implementation.

Using Technology to Assess Reading Literacy

14. Using Technology to Assess Reading Literacy

Using technology to assess literacy skills is just a smart move. It gives teachers data on a student's current level of performance and details for future instruction. Read on to learn about technology's role in assessment and how is it used.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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