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Ch 7: PSAT Reading - Understanding Reading Passages: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Reading: Understanding Reading Passages chapter of this PSAT Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning how to master reading passages. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the methods for understanding reading passages required in a typical PSAT prep course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other PSAT prep work.
  • Identify the reading passages concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our PSAT Prep Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to understand reading passages and prepare for the exam. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding inference, visualization, connotation, big picture reading, literary interpretation or any other understanding reading passages topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their learning
  • Prefer learning reading skills visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their understanding reading passages unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in preparing for the PSAT
  • Don't have access to their PSAT instructor outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning how to understand reading passages simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live PSAT tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn how to understand reading passages on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn to analyze literary passages and get the gist of essays.
  • Discover how to use visualization.
  • Compare connotation and denotation.
  • Examine the importance of mood and tone in passages.
  • Understand how structure can affect meaning.
  • Differentiate between big picture and close reading.
  • Find out how to use text in guiding your interpretation of passages.

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: PSAT Reading - Understanding Reading Passages: Tutoring Solution
How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. 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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

2. 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.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

3. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

4. 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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

5. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

6. 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.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

7. 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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

8. 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

9. 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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