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Ch 7: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Expository Texts

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Refresh your knowledge about expository writing, how to identify and restate main ideas, drawing conclusions from passages, effects of writing structures on meaning and graphics in expository text as you prepare for the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities exam.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Expository Texts - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons and assessments of this chapter to refresh your knowledge about expository writing and how to analyze expository text as you prepare for related questions on the Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements (WEST-E) Middle Level Humanities. Follow along with our professional instructors in the short, engaging and mobile-device-friendly lesson videos to improve your understanding of:

  • Expository writing and organizational features of expository text
  • Restating ideas and explaining main points with supporting details
  • Identifying the author's purpose and assessing his/her credibility
  • Inferring the intended meaning of a text
  • Drawing conclusions of passages
  • Effects of writing structures on meaning
  • Interpretation of graphics in expository texts

After you've watched these lessons, use the corresponding quizzes to assess your understanding of the material and discover topics you still need to master. You can use our jump feature found in each video's timeline to return to specific parts of the lessons that discussed these topics to reinforce your mastery over them. Alternatively, you can read over the lesson transcripts and look for the key terms highlighted in bold.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Expository Texts Objectives

Prospective teachers in the state of Washington take the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities to show their competency in middle grades language arts and social studies topics. This computer-based certification exam involves completing two tests, each made up of 55 multiple-choice questions. Test takers may take these tests together in one 2.5-hour testing session or separately in two 1.25-hour testing sessions. Forty-two percent of the first test includes questions about the reading process and comprehension and is where you'll find questions about reading expository texts.

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Expository Texts
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What is Expository Writing? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Expository Writing? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the major components of expository writing. Learn more about expository writing and see some common examples. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Organizational Features of Expository Texts

2. Organizational Features of Expository Texts

Reading an expository text can seem like an intimidating ordeal. Read this lesson to find out how to use specific features of expository text to help you understand the material.

How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

3. How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

Understanding how to restate an idea and summarize the information you have read is an important reading skill. In this lesson, you'll learn how to rephrase the main points of an essay, argument, or reading passage into a clear summary.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

4. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

5. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.

Assessing Writer Credibility & Bias

6. Assessing Writer Credibility & Bias

When reading a piece of persuasive writing, it is important to be able to determine the writer's ethos, or credibility, in order to decide how truly persuasive his or her argument is.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

7. 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.

How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage

8. How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage

You might be able to understand everything the author says in a passage, but can you figure out what the author ISN'T saying? Try your hand at drawing conclusions - but not jumping to conclusions - in this video lesson.

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.

Interpreting Graphics in Expository Texts

10. Interpreting Graphics in Expository Texts

Expository texts frequently use graphics to present facts and information. In this lesson, we'll discuss some ways to interpret the graphics found in expository texts.

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