Ch 8: MTLE Basic Skills: Analyzing Written Material

About This Chapter

Look over this chapter to review strategies for analyzing written material as part of your preparations for the MTLE Basic Skills exam. In these lessons, you will be presented with techniques for ascertaining meaning from texts, a skill the exam may test.

MTLE Basic Skills: Analyzing Written Material - Chapter Summary

As you make your way through this chapter, you will have opportunities to review how to analyze written material, an ability that will prove beneficial for answering related questions on the MTLE Basic Skills exam. These lessons aim to familiarize you with the following:

  • Common rhetorical devices used in writing
  • Biases, stereotypes, and assumptions
  • Purpose of a text
  • Informational text and textual evidence
  • Gaps and inconsistencies in informational texts, fiction, and nonfiction
  • Components of an argument and argument analysis
  • Teaching the difference between facts and opinions
  • Identifying fact or opinion in written text

These lessons are presented in the form of brief animated videos, but if you process information more easily by reading it, you may also consult the full transcriptions that accompany each video. To test how well you understand the topics reviewed in every lesson, take the short self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: MTLE Basic Skills: Analyzing Written Material
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Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

1. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.

Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

2. 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.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

3. 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.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

4. 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.

How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

5. How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize gaps and inconsistencies in nonfiction and fiction texts. We will pay special attention to gaps in arguments and informational texts.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

6. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.

Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

7. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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