Ch 30: NES Middle Grades ELA: Writing Research & Citation

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Strengthen your knowledge of writing research and citation formats to ease the process of studying for the NES Middle Grades ELA assessment. Boost your comprehension by watching short video lessons and taking self-assessment quizzes in this chapter.

NES Middle Grades ELA: Writing Research & Citation - Chapter Summary

Let us help you study for the NES Middle Grades ELA assessment with this comprehensive overview of writing research and using proper citations. After exploring the lessons, you will be prepared to:

  • Support your message with primary and secondary research
  • Assess the reliability and validity of sources
  • Locate research materials and quote, paraphrase, and summarize research
  • Analyze, apply, and draw conclusions from research to make recommendations
  • Define academic sources, journal article citations, and online sources
  • Recognize and use MLA format and Chicago citation style
  • Share how to avoid plagiarism and cite from magazines and various types of books
  • Use reference materials, make in-text citations and format APA citations in your writing

Watch lessons in any sequence that works for you, and visit them as often as necessary. The videos are visually entertaining, yet packed with informative details and examples to ensure you understand writing research and citation formats.

NES Middle Grades ELA: Writing Research & Citation - Chapter Objectives

The NES Middle Grades English Language Arts (ELA) assessment is utilized in some states as a way to gauge educators' comprehension of the subject and ensure they're prepared to secure or enhance their teacher certification or licensure. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, is taken on the computer and lasts three hours. To pass the exam, you must score at least 220.

The topics covered in this chapter are found in the English language conventions, composition, writing process and research content domain of the exam, which constitutes approximately 15% of the total exam. Take the self-assessment quizzes in this chapter to reinforce concepts covered in the lessons. The chapter exam can assess your readiness to tackle writing research and citation questions on the test.

16 Lessons in Chapter 30: NES Middle Grades ELA: Writing Research & Citation
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Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

1. Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

An individual's ability to support messages with primary and secondary research for business communication is a much needed skill. There are some key differences between primary and secondary research and how the information can be acquired, utilized, and help create an effective message.

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

2. Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

In the business world, any research material must have support that can provide validity and reliability. The support must be credible and have documentation to show that it is well-researched, professional, peer-reviewed and recent.

Tips for Locating Research Materials

3. Tips for Locating Research Materials

The process of preparing a research paper for academic or employment purposes can be a difficult task. There are some basic tips for how to locate research materials such as online, books, periodicals, etc.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

4. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.

Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations

5. Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations

In this lesson, we'll explore how companies analyze, apply and draw conclusions from research to solve problems. Learn how effective recommendations can help a business survive and thrive.

Academic Sources: Definition & Examples

6. Academic Sources: Definition & Examples

Find out what academic sources are and what to look for if you're required to use them for research papers and essays. Complete the lesson, and take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

7. How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

Plagiarism is a very serious matter in both academia and professional writing. Plagiarism in an academic setting can lead to you failing a course or being removed from school completely. Plagiarism in professional writing can lead to being fired from a job or finding yourself in court being sued. Let's figure out how to avoid this issue!

Journal Article Citations

8. Journal Article Citations

One of the most common citations used in academic writing is that of journal articles. In this video, we will learn all about putting journal article citations into our text and works cited pages. The citations in this video are in APA style; before you sit down to make a works cited page, make sure to check what style your discipline requires.

Citations from Authored Books, Edited Books and Revised Books

9. Citations from Authored Books, Edited Books and Revised Books

Depending on the type of book we're using, there are a few rules we have to follow when citing it in our reference page. In this video, we're going to cover authored books, edited books, and revised books. However, there are many different types of citation styles, including MLA, APA, and Chicago, and some differ in their exact formatting rules. These citations are in APA style - make sure you check to find out what style you should be using before you complete your reference page.

Citations from Magazines

10. Citations from Magazines

This video covers citing magazines both in text and in the reference page. The lesson addresses citation formats in both APA and MLA. It's important to note the differences, since both expect specific citation styles.

Online Sources: Definition & Citations

11. Online Sources: Definition & Citations

Find out what online sources are and how to cite them in your research paper or essay. Learn some tips on evaluating online sources. After the lesson, take a quick quiz to test your knowledge.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

12. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

When it comes to writing an essay or a vast array of other academic writing projects, you will often have to refer to the works of others. This video will teach you the skills to use reference materials in your writing.

How to Make In-Text Citations

13. How to Make In-Text Citations

With this lesson, you'll get to know the basics of creating in-text citations. We'll go over both MLA and APA style parenthetical citations and how to use them to cite different types of sources.

What is MLA Format?

14. What is MLA Format?

MLA format is one of the most common structures for organizing a paper in academic writing. In this video, we will cover the basics of MLA format, focusing on citing within the text and creating a Works Cited page.

How to Format APA Citations

15. How to Format APA Citations

All college students must not only know how to read and understand writing, they need to know how to write using the APA citation style as well. This video will pull back the covers of APA style writing and give you confidence when using APA.

What Is the Chicago Citation Style?

16. What Is the Chicago Citation Style?

In this video, we cover the basics of the Chicago Manual of Style. This writing format is popular among those in the editing field and may be the preferred style of many professors in technical writing, law, and even some English courses.

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