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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Meaning With Word Structure
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Strategies for Acquiring Vocabulary
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Figures of Speech
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Inference, Context & Comprehension
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- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Literary Structure
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Plot & Climax
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Theme in Literature
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Point of View in Literature
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Literary Devices
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Literary Genres
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Nonfiction
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Types of Literary Fiction
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Interpreting Literary Fiction
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Drama
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Interpreting Poetry
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Prose
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: English & American Literature
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Parts of Speech
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Phrases & Clauses
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Types of Sentences
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Modifiers
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Grammar Conventions
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Spelling Rules
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: The Writing Process
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Composition Writing
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Elements of Research Writing
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Narrative Writing Strategies
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Descriptive Writing Elements
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Expository Writing Strategies
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Persuasive Writing Strategies
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Listening
- NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Public Speaking
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