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Reading & Analysis Skills - Chapter Summary
If you're interested in refreshing your knowledge of different reading and analysis skills, you've come to the right place! This chapter is filled with bite-sized lessons that can ensure you know how to find specific details in a reading selection, analyze the purpose of a text and graphic information inside a text, evaluate an author's point of view and more! After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Explain how to determine the meaning of words using context
- Outline how to make inductive and deductive inferences about a text
- Discuss ways to draw conclusions from a reading selection
- Describe the process of analyzing the sequence of events in an informational text
- Differentiate between correlation and causation
- Share how to identify cause and effect in historical documents
- Discuss how to determine facts vs. option in a text
- Detail ways to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works
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1. Finding Specific Details in a Reading Selection
Ever have trouble finding a specific detail in a reading selection? Often knowing the structure of the selection will help. This video lesson will give some strategies for finding specific details depending on selection structure.
2. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words
With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.
3. How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text
In this lesson, we explore graphic information in texts. We will take a look at the types of graphics often seen in nonfiction, learn how to analyze them, and see how they contribute to the texts' information.
4. Making Inductive & Deductive Inferences About a Text
Inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning are two often confused methods that are used to make inferences or assumptions about a text. Read on to find out the difference between these inferences and how they can be used to better understand a written work.
5. 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.
6. Analyzing Sequence of Events in an Informational Text
In this lesson, you will learn how to identify the different types of sequencing of events from non-fiction, informational text. You will learn how to use context clues and make inferences about the ordering of events in a text.
7. Correlation vs. Causation: Differences & Definition
When conducting experiments and analyzing data, many people often confuse the concepts of correlation and causation. In this lesson, you will learn the differences between the two and how to identify one over the other.
8. Identifying Cause & Effect in Historical Documents
In this lesson, we will learn about the cause and effect surrounding important historical documents. We will examine the historical context surrounding these documents, learn why they were created, and analyze their role in history.
9. 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.
10. Evaluating an Author's Point of View
Two authors have differing opinions on the same topic. Which one should you believe? This lesson details several things to look for when evaluating points of view and forming your own informed decisions.
11. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text
This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.
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.
13. Guidelines for Evaluating Arguments
When evaluating an argument, there's a lot to consider. In this lesson you'll learn some guidelines for evaluating the quality of an argument, and whether it is sound.
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