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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

The act of reading or writing can enable personal growth through exploring different cultures and perspectives. Contemplate the question 'Who are you?' and the impact of both reading and writing on one's worldview.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

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

Getting the gist, or point, of a written document is a skill. Learn the guidelines that help readers quickly grasp the gist of an essay and use this skill to improve reading comprehension and writing, too.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

3. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

Visualization is an effective reading strategy to support reading comprehension. This lesson will explore the definition, purpose, and benefits of visualization, as well as explain how to visualize while reading.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

4. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

Examining literature with close-reading and big-picture reading techniques can aid in getting a firm grasp on understanding the text. Explore these two strategies and how they can be applied to many texts, including Shakespeare's 'Romero and Juliet.'

Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

5. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

Transitions, words and phrases that connect pieces of information, are vital for giving a passage natural flow and clarity. Learn how to navigate a reading passing by learning about various types of transitions and how to use them.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

6. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

The topic and the argument of a passage are two different parts with different purposes. Learn the differences between topics and arguments to improve reading comprehension, looking at examples of each.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

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

Connotation is a word's figurative meaning, while denotation is a word's literal meaning. Explore the definitions of connotation and denotation, as well as examples of each from literature.

Commonly Confused Words in English

8. Commonly Confused Words in English

People often confuse or misuse words in English, and it has become so natural that they might not even notice. Explore some commonly confused words in English, including pairs like 'affect' and 'effect,' groups of words like 'two,' 'to,' and 'too,' and nonwords such as 'ain't.'

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

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

The structure of a written story impacts the story's meaning. This lesson will define what is in a story, the framework of a story, and how the story is organized impacts the meaning of the story.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

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

Inference is a conclusion or opinion that is logically formed through observation, facts, reasoning and evidence. Learn about the meaning of inference, explore how to infer an intended meaning and understand how to practice making inferences.

Finding Meaning in Visual Media: Strategies & Examples

11. Finding Meaning in Visual Media: Strategies & Examples

Finding meaning in visual media involves understanding what the work is depicting and how the different artistic choices and techniques affect it. Explore more about finding meaning in visual media, including strategies in ~'reading~' visual media, and see some examples.

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