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Ch 6: PLACE Elementary Education: Research Skills

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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
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What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

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

A text feature is intended to enhance the audience's understanding through developing independent elements to literature away from the main text. Study more on the definition of text features and their various types.

Synthesis: Definition & Meaning

2. Synthesis: Definition & Meaning

Synthesizing different pieces of information can add a new perspectives or even opinions to the original texts. Learn the meaning and definition of synthesis and examples of this process in literature and writing.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

3. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

Reference materials often are a necessary tool to create effective writing. Learn how to incorporate appropriate reference material into your writing and still make it your own work. Explore the steps for using reference materials, which include consult experts, broaden and then narrow your research, use your newfound knowledge, and make it your own work.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

4. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

Using and citing sources correctly is extremely important for accurate writing in the classroom or workplace. Learn more about quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing your research and the reasons it's important to cite sources correctly.

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

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

The credibility and accuracy of sources used in research must be relevant, verifiable, and unbiased. Learn more about these characteristics of reliable research by exploring examples of each in action.

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

6. Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

Credible esearch material must be both Valid, having a truthful source, and Reliable, or repeatable. Examine the importance of peer-reviewed sources and these two concepts in research, but don't just take our word for it; assess for yourself!

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

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

In order to determine the effectiveness and validity of an argument, one must pay close attention to its elements. Learn how to analyze whether or not an argument works by examining its parts, including its claim, reasons, evidence, and assumptions.

Facts vs. Opinions: Examples, Games & Activities

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

Facts can be proven by objective, often scientific demonstrations, but opinions are are subjective, based on beliefs and not provable. See their importance in education and learn how games and activities reinforce teaching lessons.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

9. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

As you read essays and articles, your reading comprehension and understanding of each writing's purpose and key points are enhanced if you understand the author's reasoning and logic. Explore deductive and inductive reasoning processes and learn techniques for evaluating reasoning in an essay or article.

Avoiding Plagiarism: How to Quote and Paraphrase in Your Writing

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

Direct quoting or paraphrasing ideas and statements are ways to correctly convey information from other sources while avoiding plagiarism. Understand what plagiarism is and learn how to include and cite information from sources.

How to Make a Works Cited Page

11. How to Make a Works Cited Page

Well-written documents avoid plagiarism. Understand plagiarism and how to avoid it by properly citing sources. Learn how to make a works cited page based on MLA style and recognize when and how to use in-text parenthetical citations.

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