Ch 11: NES Middle Grades ELA: Reading Informational Texts

About This Chapter

Enhance your ability to identify the various parts of informational text. When you sit for the NES Middle Grades ELA examination, apply the knowledge you gained through this chapter's video and text lessons on the subject.

NES Middle Grades ELA - Reading Informational Texts - Chapter Summary

This chapter will assist you in re-examining strategies for reading and interpreting informational text. As you begin your review of the online video and text lessons, you'll find that they emphasize informational writing, metacognitive strategies and information transfer. Learn more about the functions of line graphs, and discover tips for interpreting scientific data. Before you take the NES Middle Grades ELA examination, allow this chapter to help you with:

  • Understanding positive, negative and zero transfer of information
  • Describing metacognitive strategies
  • Outlining the characteristics of informational text
  • Providing samples of informational writing and a journal article
  • Evaluating text structure, defining a summary and comparing fact and opinion
  • Evaluating the credibility, reliability and worth of sources and authors
  • Learning how to read and interpret line graphs as well as charts and tables of scientific data

Prepare for NES Middle Grades ELA examination by studying all of this chapter's videos and text lessons. They're led and written by experienced instructors whose conversational delivery facilitates learning. You'll be able to study at your own convenience and submit your topical questions for expert assistance. About ten minutes long, the lessons include video tags for navigational purposes, written transcripts, and quizzes that allow you to gauge your progress.

NES Middle Grades ELA - Reading Informational Texts Objectives

Information related to this chapter's topics can be found in the second content domain of the NES Middle Grades ELA examination. entitled, Reading Various Text Forms and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature. This domain amounts to 29% of the assessment. Display your ability to identify the organization and components of informational texts, including bold text, headings and illustrations, as you seek an English Language Arts teaching endorsement. The five-content domain examination is composed of 150 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in about three hours. The assessment is administered by computer.

13 Lessons in Chapter 11: NES Middle Grades ELA: Reading Informational Texts
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Types of Information Transfer

1. Types of Information Transfer

When you acquire one skill, does that ability help or hurt your ability to learn other skills? For example, learning to play the guitar might help you learn to play the banjo, but it probably doesn't affect your ability to learn the geography of Africa. This lesson focuses on transfer of information, including positive, negative and zero transfer, as well as the difference between high-road and low-road transfer of information.

Metacognitive Strategies: Definition & Examples

2. Metacognitive Strategies: Definition & Examples

This lesson will define and explain in detail what metacognitive strategies are and how they can be used in the classroom to help deepen students' thinking about content and develop students who are ready and willing to tackle new content.

What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

3. What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

This lesson will help you understand and identify all components of informational text. Learn more about informational text and see examples in this lesson.

Informational Writing: Types & Samples

4. Informational Writing: Types & Samples

In this lesson, we will define informational writing, examine the purpose of this type of writing and explore the features of different kinds of informational texts.

How to Identify & Analyze Text Structure

5. How to Identify & Analyze Text Structure

Understanding the organization of a piece of writing is imperative to gain a full understanding of the author's message. In this lesson, we'll learn how to identify and analyze several common text structures.

What is a Journal Article? - Examples & Overview

6. What is a Journal Article? - Examples & Overview

Find out what journal articles are and how they're different from other article types. Learn how they can be used in your research papers and essays. Read the lesson, and then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

7. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!

Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

8. Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

Find out what author credibility is and how it makes a difference to your research paper. Learn how to determine author credibility and where to find reliable sources.

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

9. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.

Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

10. 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.

Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs

11. Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs

Watch this video lesson to find out how useful line graphs can be and how much information you can gain just from looking at one. Learn how you can apply that information in your own life to help you make better decisions.

Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

12. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.

Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

13. Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Complex table problems getting you down? Multi-question, situational problems don't have to be a drag on your testing performance. Learn how to apply three simple rules as we walk through two table problems together.

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