Ch 6: PLACE Elementary Education: Research Skills

About This Chapter

You're in the right place for a thorough yet time efficient review of the topics you'll encounter on the PLACE Elementary Education exam. This chapter covers the language arts and writing research skills you'll want to be familiar with when taking this teacher certification exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Research Skills - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides helpful instruction on many aspects of well-executed research and the reporting of that research. You can watch these engaging video lessons to help you prepare to answer questions on the PLACE Elementary Education exam about the following topics:

  • Text features
  • Synthesis
  • Using reference material in writing
  • Quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing in writing
  • Determining reliability and validity in sources
  • Analyzing the effectiveness and validity of an argument
  • Difference between fact and opinion
  • Evaluating reasoning and avoiding plagiarism
  • Elements of a works cited page

At the end of each lesson, you'll find a practice quiz that lets you put your understanding to the test; it will also help familiarize your with the kinds of questions you might encounter on the exam. You can also print a worksheet version of the quiz for further study offline.

PLACE Elementary Education: Research Skills Chapter Objectives

The PLACE Elementary Education test measures the skills of those seeking a licenses as an elementary education teacher in Colorado. It is a 100 questions test, and all questions are multiple choice. Test questions are divided among six sections. This chapter applies to questions you may find in the language arts and literary section of the test; this section includes questions on strategies for locating, selecting, and using information from a variety of sources. The videos and quizzes in this chapter will not only give you the information you need for taking the test, but they will also preparing you for answering questions in the same format that you will find on test day.

11 Lessons in Chapter 6: PLACE Elementary Education: Research Skills
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

1. 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!

Synthesis: Definition & Meaning

2. Synthesis: Definition & Meaning

In this lesson, we look at the word ''synthesis''. We consider what it means and how it is used in writing and literature. We also look at a few examples of synthesis in both cases.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

3. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

When it comes to writing an essay or a vast array of other academic writing projects, you will often have to refer to the works of others. This video will teach you the skills to use reference materials in your writing.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

4. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.

Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate

5. Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate

Learn how to do research that is credible and accurate by evaluating your sources for how relevant the information is, how verifiable the information is, and how unbiased your source is after listening to this lesson on how to do reliable research!

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

6. 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 Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

7. 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.

Facts vs. Opinions: Examples, Games & Activities

8. Facts vs. Opinions: Examples, Games & Activities

Being able to discriminate between facts and opinions is an important reading skill elementary students need to understand. But how do you tell the difference between the two? Luckily, there's a straightforward way to teach fact and opinion. That's a fact. Trust me.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

9. 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.

Avoiding Plagiarism: How to Quote and Paraphrase in Your Writing

10. Avoiding Plagiarism: How to Quote and Paraphrase in Your Writing

Learn how to avoid plagiarism by giving clear credit to your sources by directly quoting or paraphrasing them and properly citing them in the following video!

How to Make a Works Cited Page

11. How to Make a Works Cited Page

You will have to cite your sources properly whenever you borrow words or ideas for a paper. One part of proper citation is the Works Cited page. This lesson shows you how to put one together.

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