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Ch 10: MTEL Reading Specialist: Analyzing Ideas

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This chapter on Analyzing Ideas is an ideal way to prepare for the related portion of the MTEL Reading Specialist exam. Simple-to-follow video lessons let you go at your own pace on your way to a heightened understanding of the material.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Analyzing Ideas - Chapter Summary

This chapter looks at the process of analyzing ideas from a teacher's perspective. It touches on all the subject-relevant information you'll want to have down going into the MTEL Reading Specialist exam, including:

  • Student backgrounds and reading comprehension
  • Getting the gist of paragraphs, sentences and essays
  • Arranging ideas and determining cause and effect
  • Understanding a sequence of events
  • Comparing and contrasting passage elements
  • Performing analysis on two related or opposing texts
  • Audience opposition
  • Finding problems and solutions in reading passages
  • Plot analysis
  • Drawing conclusions from texts
  • Deductive and inductive reasoning

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13 Lessons in Chapter 10: MTEL Reading Specialist: Analyzing Ideas
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How a Student's Background Affects Reading Comprehension

1. How a Student's Background Affects Reading Comprehension

Cultural and linguistic backgrounds can have a tremendous effect on a student's level of comprehension in a particular text, which may affect recall and interpretations.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

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.

How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

3. How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

Organizing ideas presented in a reading selection can seem like a tricky task. But, in this lesson, we'll discuss how to do this effectively and why it is an important skill to master.

How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

4. How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

Recognize and understand how cause and effect relates to literature. Learn how to determine and find cause and effect in a reading passage, along with a strategy to assist you.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

5. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.

How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

6. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

7. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

8. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.

Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays

9. Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays

In addition to planning the major argumentative points you'll make when writing a persuasive paper, you should also think about potential opposing views. This video gives you tips for determining how to effectively anticipate and refute opposing views as you write your argument.

How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection

10. How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection

Informational texts can be arranged in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify the problem/solution structure. We will look at key words used and an example that uses this format.

How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

11. How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

In this lesson, we will discuss how to analyze a plot in three basic steps. We will take these three steps and break them down to understand how to analyze a plot by analyzing a fable.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

12. 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.

The Differences Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

13. The Differences Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

Inductive and deductive reasoning are often confused. This lesson introduces the concept of reasoning and gives you tips and tricks to keeping inductive and deductive reasoning straight.

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