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Ch 10: PSAT Reading: Interpretation & Analysis of Text

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Study this chapter on the interpretation and analysis of text so you can be ready to answer related questions on the PSAT Reading test. The online video lessons and self-assessment quizzes can be used as extra educational resources.

PSAT Reading: Interpretation and Analysis of Text - Chapter Summary

Increase your chances of performing well on the PSAT Reading test by looking at the online video lessons in this chapter. In one lesson, you'll discover how an author can utilize words to persuade, entertain and inform audiences. Another lesson highlights the four parts of an argument. Throughout the chapter, you can gather tips for analyzing informational text and identifying the topic of a particular passage. After studying, you could be able to:

  • Assess the relationships between individuals, events and ideas
  • Identify an author's purpose and examine supporting details to determine the main point
  • Restate and apply ideas from reading passages
  • Explore the causes and effects of reading passage events, and compare and contrast its components
  • Note the similarities between texts, data and real-life situations
  • Draw conclusions and infer meaning in literary works
  • Understand generalizations, and interpret a writer's choice of words, tone and point of view
  • Outline the components of an argument
  • Compare topics to arguments
  • Evaluate reason and the arguments of authors as well as texts that have differing arguments
  • Learn about informational texts and graphic information within a text

Prepare to ace the reading portion of the PSAT examination by studying all of the online videos in this chapter. The short lessons are presented by instructors and experts who can answer your questions. You can rewind or pause the videos at anytime in order to grasp the concepts. The written transcripts include key terms that you can look up for clarification. You'll find extra courses and your recent activities on the Dashboard. When you finish watching a lesson, take its corresponding quiz to see how well you're retaining the chapter's material.

PSAT Reading: Interpretation and Analysis of Text Chapter Objectives

During the examination, you'll be tested on your ability to understand words according to the context in which they're used. The examination may also evaluate your understanding of an author's use of evidence and your capability of analyzing arguments and informational graphics. When testing, you'll find reading passages with several multiple-choice questions underneath. You should bring two No. 2 pencils with erasers to complete the paper-based test.

14 Lessons in Chapter 10: PSAT Reading: Interpretation & Analysis of Text
How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

1. How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

In this lesson, we explore graphic information in texts. We will take a look at the types of graphics often seen in nonfiction, learn how to analyze them, and see how they contribute to the texts' information.

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.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

3. 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.

How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

4. 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 Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

5. How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

Recognize and understand how cause and effect relates to literature. Learn how to determine and find cause and effect in a reading passage, along with a strategy to assist you.

How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

6. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.

How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage

7. 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 Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

8. 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 Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

9. How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

Do you know what a generalization is? Do you know how to spot a misleading generalization when you see one, or make generalizations about different aspects of a passage? Watch this video lesson to gain or improve skills.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

10. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

11. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

12. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

13. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

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

14. 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.

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