Ch 54: NYSTCE Social Studies: Analyzing Information & Texts

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Use this chapter of our NYSTCE Social Studies exam study guide to review facts about how to analyze texts and information. Our study materials include short video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes that can help you prepare for New York's teacher certification exam.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Analyzing Information and Texts - Chapter Summary

Lessons in this chapter explore how to analyze information and texts, including the public policy process, nonfiction texts, and recognizing biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. Reliability and validity, how to analyze similar and opposing texts, and interpretation are also discussed. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • Problem recognition, policy formation and policy implementation
  • Fact vs. persuasion vs. informed opinion in nonfiction
  • Recognizing biases assumptions and stereotypes in written works
  • Assessing the reliability and validity of sources, historical documents, and narratives
  • How to analyze two related or opposing texts
  • How to analyze an argument's effectiveness and validity
  • Textual evidence and interpreting an informational text

Our video lessons generally last no more than 10 minutes, and you can watch them from anywhere you have Internet access. They're developed and taught by experts who are available to help if you have questions. Every lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz that lets you assess your progress.

9 Lessons in Chapter 54: NYSTCE Social Studies: Analyzing Information & Texts
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The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation

1. The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation

Good public policy is grounded in a sound policy making process. In this lesson, you'll learn about the rational-comprehensive model of policy formation and the steps involved in using it. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

2. 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.

Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

3. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

4. 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.

Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

5. Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

Historians have to analyze a great deal of data in order to find out what sources are worthwhile. However, many sources may not be valid. This lesson explains how historians are able to find out which sources are worth their attention.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

6. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

7. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

8. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

9. 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.

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