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Ch 6: NES ELA: Reading & Comprehension Strategies

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Brush up on strategies for promoting reading comprehension as you prepare for the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam. This chapter uses engaging lessons to help you review topics like word choice, inference and context.

NES ELA: Reading & Comprehension Strategies - Chapter Summary

These resources will get you up to speed on reading strategies for the NES ELA exam. Use the lessons and quizzes to brush up on topics like tone and mood in a reading passage, inferring intended meaning in a literary passage and higher-level and probing questions that help with comprehension. By the end of the chapter, you'll also have covered the following topics:

  • Close and big picture reading
  • Using text to interpret literary meaning
  • Determining a sequence of events
  • Use of context in interpreting meaning
  • Effect of word choice on tone, mood and meaning
  • The four-square strategy of vocabulary identification
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using technology in the classroom
  • Scaffolding and visualization reading instruction strategies
  • Teaching strategies using advance organizers

Each of these lessons explains the essential concepts you'll need to know in ten minutes or less. Use the timeline tags to quickly skip to the points in the lessons you want to review or re-watch. Test what you know and what you still need to work on with our self-assessment quizzes.

NES ELA: Reading & Comprehension Strategies Objectives

The NES ELA exam is part of the certification requirements for English teachers in some states. Expect to answer 150 multiple-choice questions delivered electronically. You'll have three hours to complete the exam.

Use the study resources in this chapter to prepare for comprehension questions in the Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension and Reading Various Text Forms subarea of the exam. This test section makes up approximately 23% of the total test score. You'll be tested on strategies for reading comprehension, including strategies that can be used to for particular texts and purposes.

14 Lessons in Chapter 6: NES ELA: Reading & Comprehension Strategies
Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

1. 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.'

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

2. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

3. 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.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

4. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.

What is Context? - Definition & Application

5. What is Context? - Definition & Application

In writing, context is the information surrounding the information. Without context, information can be misinterpreted; with context, information can be understood.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

6. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

7. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

Using the Four-Square Strategy to Identify & Define Key Vocabulary

8. Using the Four-Square Strategy to Identify & Define Key Vocabulary

In this lesson, we'll explore how to use the Four-Square Strategy to learn and remember important vocabulary words. We'll also practice with a couple sample words.

Higher Level Questions for Reading

9. Higher Level Questions for Reading

This lesson will highlight some higher-level questions that can be used for reading comprehension. Higher-level questions require students to think critically about the story or text that they are reading. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

Probing Questions: Types & Examples

10. Probing Questions: Types & Examples

Want someone to open up? In this lesson, we will learn about probing questions and how they are used to elicit answers that are based on critical thinking and/or personal feelings.

Technology in the Classroom: Advantages & Disadvantages

11. Technology in the Classroom: Advantages & Disadvantages

Teachers in today's schools need to be aware of the uses of educational technology. This lesson explains both the advantages and disadvantages of using technology in the classroom.

Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

12. Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

Ever heard the phrase 'reading is gateway to all learning'? Reading is one of the areas targeted by most states for assessment because it not only is a critical area in academics, but also an area where most students were not showing gains. This lesson will highlight strategies to help struggling readers develop skills to be successful in the classroom.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

13. 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.

Advance Organizers in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies & Advantages

14. Advance Organizers in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies & Advantages

An advance organizer is a very useful tool for teachers to help students understand, retain and remember new learning material. In this lesson, we define an advance organizer and discuss examples and benefits of use in the classroom.

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