Ch 11: NMTA Reading: Promoting Content Area Literacy

About This Chapter

Review information on how to understand various types of informational texts as you prepare for the NMTA Reading exam. Our video lessons and quizzes will help you answer these types of exam questions.

NMTA Reading: Promoting Content Area Literacy - Chapter Summary

Let us help you prepare for the NMTA Reading exam with lessons on characteristics of informational texts, how to spot inconsistencies and ways to evaluate reasoning. Our videos offer information that can assist you in tackling exam questions on topics including:

  • Definition of nonfiction
  • Text features
  • How to use textual evidence to interpret a text
  • Ways to evaluate reasoning in an article or essay
  • Differentiating between fact, persuasion and informed opinion
  • Literary nonfiction
  • Types of informational text
  • Strategies to help students understand informational texts

These lessons average about five minutes in length, and you can study them as your schedule permits, on a computer, tablet or smartphone. We provide many ways to help you prepare for the NMTA Reading exam, including printable worksheets that let you organize your study and an ask-an-expert feature to provide additional assistance.

NMTA Reading: Promoting Content Area Literacy Chapter Objectives

In New Mexico, passing the NMTA Reading exam may be a requirement for initial licensure or you can take the exam to add a reading endorsement to your teaching license. There are four subareas on the exam, and questions on the topics covered in this chapter are in the subarea on Developing Phonological and Other Linguistic Processes Related to Reading. This subarea makes up 20% of the exam's total content.

Like the brief quizzes that accompany each of your video lessons, the NMTA Reading exam consists entirely of multiple-choice questions and is computer-based. In addition to offering practice answering questions in this format, our quizzes let you assess your learning and help you review parts of the lessons that discuss areas where your knowledge is weak.

11 Lessons in Chapter 11: NMTA Reading: Promoting Content Area Literacy
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What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

1. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.

What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

2. What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

You think the newest computers and smart phones have more features than dusty old books? You might think again after reading this lesson, where you'll see text features defined along with a few examples of these helpful textual enhancements!

What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

3. 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.

How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

4. How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize gaps and inconsistencies in nonfiction and fiction texts. We will pay special attention to gaps in arguments and informational texts.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

5. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

6. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

7. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

8. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.

Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

9. Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

Watch this video lesson to explore the world of literary nonfiction. You will learn the similarities and differences between journals, diaries, memoirs and much more.

Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

10. Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

Informational nonfiction is a large category that includes various types of writing. Learn about two of those types, articles and speeches, in this video lesson.

Supporting Comprehension of Informational Texts

11. Supporting Comprehension of Informational Texts

Reading and comprehending informational texts is an important skill for students. This lesson will detail several strategies you can use to support student comprehension of these texts.

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