Ch 30: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Elements of Research Writing

About This Chapter

You can use the lessons in this chapter to review the ways of using primary and secondary sources for research projects and how to put together proper citations. These video and text lessons were put together to help you prepare for the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Elements of Research Writing - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to improve your understanding of the ways to avoiding plagiarism whenever writing research papers. In this chapter watch a series of lesson videos, taught by professional instructors, about the proper use of primary and secondary sources, paraphrasing and citations. After this chapter you should be prepared for NMTA Middle Grades ELA exam questions about:

  • Using sources to support your writing
  • Assessing the reliability and validity of sources
  • Using paraphrasing in your research
  • Drawing conclusions form research
  • Qualities of an academic source
  • Using citations to avoid plagiarism
  • Citations for journal articles, books, magazines and online sources

For an additional review of the material presented in these lesson videos, read the lesson transcripts that present written overviews of the videos and identify the key terms of the chapter. After reviewing these lessons, test your understanding of the material with the lesson quizzes. Use the results from these quizzes to find topics you haven't mastered, then return to the videos via video tags to fortify your understanding of them.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Elements of Research Writing Chapter Objectives

In the state of New Mexico, the NMTA Middle Grades ELA exam is used to certify future middle grades English teachers. On test day, you will complete the 150 multiple-choice questions on this computer-based exam to show that you possess the knowledge needed to teach middle grades English language arts. Of the test questions, 15% are part of the domain that assess your understanding of English language conventions, compositions, writing processes and research. Use this chapter to prepare for questions in this section about using sources of information in research papers.

16 Lessons in Chapter 30: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Elements of Research Writing
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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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