Ch 10: SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Informational & Scientific Text Analysis

About This Chapter

Make sure your student is assessment ready in understanding, interpreting, and citing non-fiction texts with these exciting videos. Have them complete the chapter test to measure readiness for the 3rd-5th grade SBA in English Language Arts.

SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Informational & Scientific Text Analysis - Chapter Summary

The videos and quizzes in this chapter focus on preparing your student for the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in grades 3-5 English Language Arts, particularly in the areas of research and informational text analysis. The lessons are intended to supplement classroom lessons, though they would also be useful for students who were absent on the days related classes were taught. The topics in this chapter explain:

  • Analyzing business documents, editorials, speeches, and other informational copy
  • Determining purpose in a text
  • Evaluating effectiveness and validity of arguments
  • Deciphering graphics within texts
  • Decoding words, phrases, and symbols
  • Using the scientific method

Each video takes only minutes to watch and contains awesome instruction by an English teacher who's passionate about the subject. Your student will be able to complete the short quizzes and the chapter test to see how they're doing as they get ready for the actual assessments. Have your student view the videos in order or skip around as they need in order to address specific trouble areas.

13 Lessons in Chapter 10: SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: 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.

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

13. 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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