Ch 5: MTLE Middle Level Science: Reading Comprehension & Analysis

About This Chapter

This chapter on Reading Comprehension and Analysis is designed to help you study for the related portion of the MTLE Middle Level Science exam, with video lessons taught by professional instructors guiding you towards a test-ready understanding of the subject.

MTLE Middle Level Science: Reading Comprehension and Analysis - Chapter Summary

This chapter takes a look at various approaches and aspects of reading comprehension and its instruction, with lessons touching on all of the following topics:

  • Defining and teaching reading comprehension
  • Strategies for reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary words and reading comprehension
  • Analyzing the purpose of a text as well as an argument's effectiveness and validity
  • Inferences
  • Topic vs. argument
  • Determining the sequence of events and comparing ideas in a reading selection
  • Analyzing two texts related by theme or topic
  • Fact vs. persuasion vs. informed opinion in nonfiction

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MTLE Middle Level Science: Reading Comprehension and Analysis - Chapter Objectives

The MTLE Middle Level Science exam includes two subtests, each of which contain around 50 multiple-choice questions. You'll have up to an hour to complete each subtest and will need to pass both in order to achieve your Minnesota teacher's license in the field. This chapter can help you study for the Concepts and Applications in Middle Level General Science subarea of the first subtest, which includes a section of questions zeroed-in on developing students' content-area reading skills to support their reading and learning in the sciences. As a whole, this subarea will count towards 43% of your score on the first subtest.

12 Lessons in Chapter 5: MTLE Middle Level Science: Reading Comprehension & Analysis
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What is Reading Comprehension?

1. What is Reading Comprehension?

When you are reading, it isn't enough to just process the words. You need to understand what you are reading, too. In this lesson, you'll learn about the steps involved in reading comprehension.

How to Teach Reading Comprehension

2. How to Teach Reading Comprehension

Teaching reading comprehension requires instilling in the learner the use of several strategies and skills. This lesson will focus on cognitive skills and notation strategies that will enhance reading comprehension.

Strategies for Reading Comprehension

3. Strategies for Reading Comprehension

Have you been assigned to read something and you just couldn't understand what the author is trying to tell you? In this lesson, you will learn five strategies to help yourself understand what you are reading.

Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

4. Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

Learning how to decipher unfamiliar words is imperative in any language arts classroom. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for teaching vocabulary in reading passages.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

5. 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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

6. 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.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

7. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

8. 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 & Contrast Ideas in a Reading Selection

9. How to Compare & Contrast Ideas in a Reading Selection

The ability to compare and contrast the many ideas in one reading selection can be an overwhelming task. This video lesson gives a step-by-step method of how to successfully compare and contrast ideas in a reading selection.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

10. 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.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

11. 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.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

12. 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.

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