• Unit 3: How Information Shapes Ideas

    This unit explains the third reading competency: understanding the integration of information and ideas. This section considers how content is shaped by format and evidence and how different authors may approach similar topics in unique ways. This section steps back and looks at the "bigger picture" of a text and asks you to question why authors make choices about support and how they write in conversation with one another.

    In this unit, you'll learn how to review pieces of evidence in a text to better understand an author's purpose. You'll also identify conversations between authors and synthesize those conversations. You'll practice another test-taking strategy at the end of this unit: recognizing question types.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 1 hour.

    • 3.1: Relevancy, Sufficiency, Validity and/or Reasoning

      An important "big picture" factor in understanding a text is understanding how and why an author chose evidence and how they used that evidence to support their central point. The following resources will help you see the patterns that emerge in writing and how evidence comes into play to develop a text.

    • 3.2: Reading Different Authors on the Same Theme

      We've now spent time looking at how a text is organized and supported, and we've considered how to analyze those pieces to draw our own conclusions. Even so, what do you do when faced with two or more texts about the same topic? What do you do when those authors don't agree on the same conclusion? This section will show you how authors work in "conversation" with one another and give you strategies to synthesize different texts and ideas.

    • Unit 3 Assessment

      • Receive a grade