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Ch 6: MTEL: Identifying Purpose, Point of View & Intended Meaning

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This MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills chapter helps you brush up on your critical reading skills before the big test day. Make sure you are on point by taking the self-assessments and doubling down on the areas where you are struggling.

MTEL: Identifying Purpose, Point of View & Intended Meaning - Chapter Summary

Preparing for the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills exam is made easy in this chapter on analyzing and evaluating the content of texts. Our unique test-preparation materials use interesting videos and quality instruction to give you a boost in your skills before you step into the testing center. The particular concepts expounded upon in this chapter include:

  • Analyzing purpose in a text
  • Identifying a text's target audience(s)
  • Evaluating word choice
  • Interpreting meaning through tone and mood
  • Identifying point of view

Each video features a brief, focused lesson presented by an expert English instructor and set to engaging graphics. You can follow the lessons in the order they are presented or skip around to the videos you know you need to work on most. Be sure to complete the quizzes and chapter test to gauge your knowledge of key concepts, jumping back to relevant content in the videos using the video tags in the quiz worksheet.

MTEL: Identifying Purpose, Point of View & Intended Meaning - Chapter Objectives

The material in this chapter primarily prepares you for the reading subtest of the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam, though applying some of these skills to your own composition in the writing subtest will help you maximize your score there as well. The related content is mostly within Objective 0003, which includes 6-8 multiple-choice questions and accounts for approximately 16.7% of the reading subtest weight. If you take the test in one session, you will have four hours to complete both subtests, but you can also elect to pay for two sessions, getting four hours to complete each subtest. You must score at least 240 on the 100-300 score scale in each subtest to pass the exam and receive your licensure.

Registration is completed through the MTEL website, where you'll also find more information on testing centers, schedules for testing and score reporting, and FAQs about the test administration.

9 Lessons in Chapter 6: MTEL: Identifying Purpose, Point of View & Intended Meaning
How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

1. 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.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

2. 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.

What is Audience in Writing? - Definition & Examples

3. What is Audience in Writing? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what an audience in writing is and see how knowing your audience can make your writing clearer and more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

4. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.

Target Audience: Definition, Types & Examples

5. Target Audience: Definition, Types & Examples

When we are writing, we need to understand who our audience will be. Knowing our target audience helps shape the tone of our words. In this lesson, we will both define and analyze how to choose a target audience.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

6. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

7. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.

Point-of-View: Definition & Examples

8. Point-of-View: Definition & Examples

Find out what 'point of view' means and how it's used in literature. Learn about some points of view that are used less often, then test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

9. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

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