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Ch 25: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Reading Informational Texts

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Watch our engaging video lessons with your 6th-8th grade language arts students to supplement your text and review for the English language arts part of the summative SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment). The brief lessons with quick quizzes and a chapter exam are a perfect way to tackle this important part of reading.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Reading Informational Texts - Chapter Summary

Students in grades 6-8 can practice their informational reading skills for the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts) through this chapter of entertaining lessons. They'll review text structure analysis, evaluation of source reliability and author credibility, in addition to effective strategies for reading graphs, charts and tables. All class members should feel confident in the following topics by the time they finish this chapter:

  • Journal articles and informational writing
  • Text structure used in informational pieces
  • Ways to determine credible sources and authors
  • Comparison of fact and opinion
  • Interpretation of line graphs, scientific charts and data tables

Knowledgeable instructors lead our offerings that include both video and text lessons, transcript options, lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. Lessons may be used as many times as needed, and videos have handy tags so that students will be able to go back and find select sections for review with ease.

9 Lessons in Chapter 25: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Reading Informational Texts
What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

1. What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

This lesson will help you understand and identify all components of informational text. Learn more about informational text and see examples in this lesson.

Informational Writing: Types & Samples

2. Informational Writing: Types & Samples

In this lesson, we will define informational writing, examine the purpose of this type of writing and explore the features of different kinds of informational texts.

How to Identify & Analyze Text Structure

3. How to Identify & Analyze Text Structure

Understanding the organization of a piece of writing is imperative to gain a full understanding of the author's message. Read this lesson to learn how to identify and analyze several common text structures.

What is a Journal Article? - Examples & Overview

4. What is a Journal Article? - Examples & Overview

Find out what journal articles are and how they're different from other article types. Learn how they can be used in your research papers and essays. Read the lesson, and then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

5. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!

Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

6. Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

Find out what author credibility is and how it makes a difference to your research paper. Learn how to determine author credibility and where to find reliable sources.

Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs

7. Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs

Watch this video lesson to find out how useful line graphs can be and how much information you can gain just from looking at one. Learn how you can apply that information in your own life to help you make better decisions.

Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

8. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.

Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

9. Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Complex table problems getting you down? Multi-question, situational problems don't have to be a drag on your testing performance. Learn how to apply three simple rules as we walk through two table problems together.

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