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NES: Historical Research & Writing - Chapter Summary
This chapter uses a combination of informative video and text lessons and short practice quizzes to get you up to speed on historical research and writing for the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam. Learn about sources, research methods and writing historical essays. By the end of the chapter, you'll be well-versed in the following:
- Design and methodology for historical research
- Primary and secondary sources
- Using supporting details
- Components of an argument
- Evaluating evidence and writing using sources
- Inferring intended meaning
- Format and characteristics of an evaluative essay
- Reading scientific graphs and charts
- Presenting data and communicating using visual representations
Each of these lessons uses clear, direct instruction to get you up to speed in next to no time. Follow along with instructors using the written transcripts, and test what you've learned with our interactive practice quizzes.
NES: Historical Research & Writing Chapter Objectives
Passing the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam is required to teach middle school social science in certain states. These chapter resources prepare you for questions on historical research skills in the History portion of the exam, which is worth about 50% of the total score. The test as a whole consists of 150 multiple-choice questions on history, geography, culture, government and economics. Use the practice quizzes in this study guide to get an idea of the types of questions you'll be asked.
1. Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations
Most research involves looking at what's happening right now. But what if a researcher wants to look at the past and what it can tell us about the future? In this lesson, we'll explore historical research design, its steps, and its pros and cons.
2. Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation
In this lesson. we will learn about historical methodology. We will learn how history is constructed based on evidence and how various interpretations are formulated.
3. What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples
Let's explore primary sources. In this lesson, learn about first hand materials as primary sources. And then, begin to analyze and determine if a document, information, or object is a primary source.
4. Secondary Source: Definition & Examples
What are secondary sources? Read this lesson to learn about these materials. You'll also find out how to determine whether or not a source is secondary.
5. 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.
6. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence
When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.
7. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence
To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.
8. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics
A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.
9. 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.
10. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts
How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.
11. The Role of Visuals in Communication
Visuals used in business communication can help with message development. This lesson will explain how the use of visuals can increase understanding, development, communication, and the retainment of a message.
12. Using Visuals to Present Data: Textual Graphics vs. Visual Graphics
Textual and visual graphics can aid in visually presenting data to a business audience. You must first identify the type of data you will be presenting and then decide whether it is details, patterns or relationships being communicated.
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