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

In literature, informational nonfiction is a broad category that includes various types of fact-based texts. Learn what the types of informational texts are, including articles, speeches, editorials, and more.

Business Documents: Policies, Procedure Manuals & More

2. Business Documents: Policies, Procedure Manuals & More

Business documents are used by companies to protect their interests and problem-solve issues that may arise. Explore three types of business documents--policies, procedure manuals, and employee programs--and discover the interaction between these documents.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

3. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

Every piece of writing should have a purpose, which is the thing that motivates writers to write in the first place. Learn how to determine the purpose of a text, discover the variety of purposes a text can have, and practice how to analyze them by looking at some examples.

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

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

An effective argument is meant to persuade others of the speakers claim. Discover more about the four parts of an argument--the claim, counterclaim, reason, and evidence--how each part functions and how they come together to build a strong argument.

Deductive Validity: Definition & Examples

5. Deductive Validity: Definition & Examples

Deductive validity describes an argument that is both logical and supported by factual information. Explore the definition and examples of ways to determine whether an argument is valid or invalid using deductive validity.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

6. 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.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

7. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

Learning how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic can help broaden a reader's understanding of a topic. Discover the benefits of synthesizing related texts, learn how to analyze texts and synthesize information, and practice these two skills with the help of examples.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

8. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

Although it may seem complex, texts that present opposing arguments can be analyzed when the appropriate strategies are known. Learn to analyze two texts with opposing arguments by analyzing what they say and how they say it, and find out how to break down their arguments.

How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

9. How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

Learning how to analyze graphic information inside a text can provide a wealth of additional information. Learn about the importance and types of graphic information, discover the process of analyzing graphic information, and explore how text and graphics work together to effectively present 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

Reference Materials are collections of lists of words that help describe and explain the world. Learn about how dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses can help improve vocabulary along with other reliable examples of reference material.

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

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

The scientific method is a multi-step process for conducting scientific research. Learn the steps of the scientific method and how it works by applying it to one of psychology's most famous experiments.

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