About This Chapter
Informational Texts - Chapter Summary
This chapter is designed to teach middle schoolers to read and interpret informational texts. Lessons also explain how to write effectively by describing how to define and support paper topics. Short multiple-choice quizzes let students practice their new skills, and our instructors are available to answer any questions.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|What is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples||The lesson explains nonfiction and gives examples of nonfiction works.|
|Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension||Students learn to summarize an essay and get reading comprehension tips.|
|How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details||The video teaches students to define the main point of a work and pinpoint the supporting details.|
|Supporting Details: Definition, Examples & Lesson||This lesson gives an in-depth explanation of supporting details and offers examples.|
|How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage||Students learn to compare elements used in text.|
|How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions||The lesson explains transitions and shows students how to use them to define text structure.|
|How Differing Authors Present Information||Students are encouraged to consider the different methods for presenting information.|
|Understanding Topics Presented in Different Media or Formats||Students learn to interpret information presented in contrasting formats.|
|A Comparison Between Text and Other Mediums||This lesson considers the advantages and disadvantages of text versus other presentation mediums.|
|How to Restate an Idea and Summarize||Students learn to re-phrase and summarize their arguments and ideas.|
|What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning||The lesson explains inference and how to recognize it.|
|Discerning Explicit Statements from Inferences in a Text||Students consider the differences between inferences and explicit statements.|
1. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples
There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.
2. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension
In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.
3. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.
4. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples
Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.
5. How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions
Text structures are identifiable patterns in the organization of text in a written work. This lesson will discuss the use of transitions to determine text structure. We will end with a very short quiz to see what you have learned.
6. How to Restate an Idea and Summarize
Understanding how to restate an idea and summarize the information you have read is an important reading skill. In this lesson, you'll learn how to rephrase the main points of an essay, argument, or reading passage into a clear summary.
7. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning
In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.
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