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Ch 4: SBA ELA - Grade 11: Reading Basics

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Review essentials of critical reading and reading strategies as you prepare for the SBA for Grade 11 ELA. Use the multiple-choice assessments to measure your comprehension of major topics.

SBA ELA - Grade 11: Reading Basics - Chapter Summary

The Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for English Language Arts (ELA) do not have to be a stressful experience. Get prepared for the assessments with these videos that discuss principles associated with reading and thinking about various texts. Each lesson is less than 10 minutes long, giving you a quick review that does not take up too much of your time. The lessons in this chapter include discussions of:

  • Growing through reading and writing
  • Improving reading comprehension
  • Developing effective reading strategies
  • Understanding argument, inference, and connotation
  • Identifying words in English which are commonly confused
  • Exploring meaning in visual media

You can use these lessons as review of topics learned in foregone times. The videos are fun and focused, making sure you don't get bored before the important topics have been covered. Take the lesson quizzes as part of your homework and complete the chapter to gauge your understanding and synthesis of key concepts.

SBA ELA - Grade 11: Reading Basics Chapter Objectives

The 11th Grade ELA assessments help the school and higher administration officials determine how well students have achieved the Common Core State Standards and understand whether their instruction has been effective in general. The assessments are done in three basic parts, with the reading assessments being principally part of the Computer Adaptive Testing portion. Since it is an English assessment, however, students should expect emphasis to be on the reading and understanding of informational texts as they complete the Performance Tasks and in-class activities. Reviewing these lessons will give you a leg up on efficiently pulling the useful information out of a text and applying it to your research, making sure your SBA experience is a positive one.

The reading portion of the ELA for SBA for 11th grade includes about 15-16 items, with potential for two of them to be short text responses. The assessment is not timed, so you needn't worry about meeting a time limit.

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: SBA ELA - Grade 11: Reading Basics
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Reading and Writing for Personal Growth

1. Reading and Writing for Personal Growth

In this lesson, we will discuss how reading and writing can expand our world views by allowing us to see things from other perspectives and challenge our own viewpoints.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

2. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

3. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

4. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

5. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for using transitional words or phrases to navigate a reading passage and find the main point. Then, you can practice yourself in the quiz.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

6. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

7. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.

Commonly Confused Words in English

8. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

9. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

10. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Finding Meaning in Visual Media: Strategies & Examples

11. Finding Meaning in Visual Media: Strategies & Examples

You know how to read a book. But do you know how to 'read' a painting? In this lesson, you'll get some strategies for interpreting visual media like painting, sculpture, and photography.

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