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Ch 12: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Reading Informational Texts

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This chapter has been assembled to help you prepare for the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam by reviewing the skills used to analyze different types of informational text and how to summarize the data presented.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Reading Informational Texts - Chapter Summary

Use the resources in this chapter to review types of informational texts and how to read and interpret the data presented in them. In this series of lesson videos, our professional instructors help you prepare for questions on the NNMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam about:

  • Characteristics and types of informational texts and writings
  • Identifying and analyzing text structures
  • Summarizing texts
  • Journal articles
  • Evaluating sources of information in terms of reliability, credibility and worth
  • Difference between facts and opinions
  • Interpreting graphs and scientific data

Test your understanding of the material presented in this chapter with the quizzes that accompany these lessons then use the results to identify topics you don't fully understand. Review these topics using the video tags that link directly to the locations of the lessons that discussed them, or read over the lesson transcripts for a written alternative review of the material.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Reading Informational Texts Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam is a computer-based teachers certification exam used to certify middle grades language arts teachers. Taking this exam involves completing 150 multiple-choice questions in a three-hour testing session. Of these questions 29% belong the to the content domain of Reading Various Text Forms and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, which may include some questions about strategies for reading informational text. The objective of this chapter is to prepare you for these questions by reviewing the types of informational text and the skills used to interpret them.

11 Lessons in Chapter 12: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Reading Informational Texts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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 Summary? - Definition & Concept

4. 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.

What is a Journal Article? - Examples & Overview

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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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