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Ch 4: SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Reading Basics

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Get your student up to speed on deconstructing texts and using references as they prepare for the SBA in 3rd-5th grade English Language Arts. These exciting videos will engage their mind while the test and quizzes help you evaluate their readiness for the real tests.

SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Reading Basics - Chapter Summary

These video lessons give your student a thorough review of reading and research principles in 10-minute chunks as they get ready for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in Grades 3-5 English Language Arts. They will brush up on their skills at picking apart intent, meaning, and arguments in written texts as well as their understanding of research and referencing. Topics included in this chapter discuss:

  • Improving comprehension in reading
  • Using visualization as a reading strategy
  • Navigating transitions
  • Identifying commonly confused words
  • Inferring word meaning using affixes and roots
  • Recognizing the effects of structure on writing
  • Discovering meaning in visual media

Our lessons are designed to bring high-quality instruction by an experienced English teacher to your student at home or on the go without excessive interference in your student's busy schedule. Each video is under 10 minutes and includes fun graphics and examples from real texts to keep your student interested and engaged. The lesson quizzes provide a brief check on understanding while the chapter test helps you determine if your student may need further review in certain lessons.

14 Lessons in Chapter 4: SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: 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.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

9. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

10. 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 Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

11. 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

12. 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.

Literal Language: Definition & Examples

13. Literal Language: Definition & Examples

Do you sometimes feel like nobody understands you? Well, perhaps you should try using more literal language! Learn more about this form of straightforward expression in this lesson, where you'll also find some literal language in action.

Finding Meaning in Visual Media: Strategies & Examples

14. 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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