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Ch 3: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Research & Analysis

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Take some time and go through the materials put together in this chapter. Doing so gives you the best opportunity to succeed on the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam.

OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Research & Analysis - Chapter Summary

Use your time wisely when prepping for the exam by going through the lessons in this chapter. If you do, you can better your knowledge of:

  • The reliability and validity of sources
  • Evaluating reasoning
  • Interpreting an informational text
  • Written and graphic presentations of information
  • Analyzing the purpose of a text
  • Explaining the main point through supportive details
  • Historical timelines
  • Recognizing biases

In order to know what social studies materials are going to be on the exam, utilize our video lessons. They are around 5-10 minutes long, giving you the ability to quickly review research and analysis topics. Each one of these lessons can be accessed either on the computer, tablet or smartphone. Wherever you are in the world, you will be able to efficiently prepare for the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 3: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Research & Analysis
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Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

1. Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives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.

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.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

3. 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.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

4. 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.

Comparing Written & Graphic Presentations of Information

5. Comparing Written & Graphic Presentations of Information

In this lesson we will discuss different formats for conveying information, including photos, videos, slideshows, and standard text format. Specifically, we will focus on the pros and cons of each for conveying information on social sciences topics.

How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

6. How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

Think that historians only rely on dense textbooks full of nothing but words, dates, and more words? Think again. Historians actually use a variety of visual representations, ranging from images that they create to visuals that are sources themselves.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

7. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

8. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

9. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

10. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

11. 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

12. 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.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

13. 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 Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

14. 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.

Historical Timelines: Strategies for Interpretation

15. Historical Timelines: Strategies for Interpretation

In this lesson we will learn about strategies for interpreting historical timelines. We will also learn how to find connections between world, American, and local historical events.

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