Ch 1: NMTA: Historical Research & Writing

About This Chapter

Watch this series of lesson videos to prepare for questions on the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam about techniques used to collect historical data. You can take a cumulative chapter exam once you complete all the lessons to see how well you've retained the information you've reviewed.

NMTA: Historical Research & Writing - Chapter Summary

This chapter has been assembled to help you review the different ways we collect and present historical data. Watch these lesson videos to review the importance of primary and secondary sources, how to use sources when writing and the use of graphs and charts when presenting historical data. Once you have completed these lessons, you should have a better understanding of:

  • Historical research design and methodology
  • Differences between primary and secondary sources
  • Using sources and supporting details when writing essays and constructing arguments
  • Understanding inferences
  • Using graphs, charts and other visual aids to present data

Test your understanding of these lessons by completing the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. With the results from these assessments, determine what topics you may want to improve your understanding of, then do so by returning to the transcripts or videos using the video tags. If you find there is a topic that you are still confused about, be sure to ask our instructors for clarification so you can effectively master the material.

NMTA: Historical Research & Writing - Chapter Objectives

The state of New Mexico uses the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science test to ensure future social studies teachers understand the topics they will be teaching their students. This computer based certification exam has test takers complete a series of 150 multiple-choice questions in a three hour long testing session. Half of these questions belong to the content domain of History. The lessons and assessments of this chapter will help you improve your understanding of how historical research is conducted and historical knowledge is gained.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: NMTA: Historical Research & Writing
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Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

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.

Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

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.

What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples

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.

Secondary Source: Definition & Examples

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.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

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.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

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.

Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, 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.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

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.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

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.

The Role of Visuals in Communication

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.

Using Visuals to Present Data: Textual Graphics vs. Visual Graphics

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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