Ch 10: SBA ELA - Grade 11: Informational & Scientific Text Analysis

About This Chapter

Get ready for the SBA Grade 11 ELA assessment by working through these lessons on analyzing and citing informational texts. The test and quizzes provide practice answering questions related to research.

SBA ELA - Grade 11: Informational and Scientific Text Analysis - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you can get valuable review in analyzing information-dense texts and critiquing their source, key aspects of the research skills you may be required to demonstrate on your 11th grade SBA ELA assessment. These lessons include discussions of:

  • Types of informational texts and business documents
  • How to analyze a text's purpose
  • The parts of an argument and how to analyze arguments and determine validity
  • Ways to compare and contrast texts
  • Information graphics in a text
  • Proper citation of texts
  • How to pull key vocabulary from reference materials

These video and text lessons are designed to be both educational and entertaining, ensuring that you have a memorable learning and review experience. You can take the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to see how well you are doing as well as use the lesson transcripts as a handy study guide.

SBA ELA - Grade 11: Informational and Scientific Text Analysis Chapter Objectives

The SBA is designed to provide a comprehensive look at a student's achievement level relative to the Common Core State Standards. The ELA test for 11th grade students focuses especially on the kinds of writing and research topics that demonstrate college readiness. Complete this chapter as you prepare for the assessment, making sure to brush all the cobwebs out and get an accurate reading of your research and analytical skills.

The lessons in this chapter fall under both Claim 1: Reading and Claim 4: Research in the SBA for 11th Grade ELA assessment blueprint. The principles covered here, though, will generally apply to nearly every item in the assessment, particularly those in the performance task category.

14 Lessons in Chapter 10: SBA ELA - Grade 11: Informational & Scientific Text Analysis
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Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

1. Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

Informational nonfiction is a large category that includes various types of writing. Learn about two of those types, articles and speeches, in this video lesson.

Business Documents: Policies, Procedure Manuals & More

2. Business Documents: Policies, Procedure Manuals & More

While letters and memos may be purpose written for businesses, plenty of other documents are used as well. In this lesson we'll take a look at policies, procedure manuals, and employee training programs.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

3. 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.

Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

4. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.

Deductive Validity: Definition & Examples

5. Deductive Validity: Definition & Examples

Deductive validity is a term for an argument that holds up logically and has factual information. Learn more about deductive validity's definition and see some examples of how deductive validity can help us analyze whether or not an argument is well-made!

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

6. 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.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

7. 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

8. 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 Graphic Information Inside a Text

9. 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.

Citing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis of the Text

10. Citing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis of the Text

This lesson will discuss what textual evidence is and why it is important to use it when analyzing a text. We will also discuss ways to cite textual evidence when analyzing a text to better support your claims.

Strategies to Evaluate Explanations in Texts

11. Strategies to Evaluate Explanations in Texts

In this lesson we will use the CER Framework as a strategy to evaluate explanations in historical texts. By using the CLAIM and EVIDENCE provided by the author, and the reader's own REASONING (CER), we can more easily choose the best explanation.

Deciphering Words, Symbols & Phrases in Informational Texts

12. Deciphering Words, Symbols & Phrases in Informational Texts

When reading challenging, technical texts, it is important to break the work down, then start to analyze the words and phrases available that you do know. This lesson will demonstrate how to decipher text, giving you the map and compass to determine the words you do not know.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

13. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.

What Is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps

14. What Is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps

How might someone apply the scientific method to psychological research? We will review the steps of the scientific method and how they applied to one of the most famous psychological studies ever conducted.

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