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Ch 18: SAT Reading: Interpreting & Analyzing Text

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This chapter on interpreting and analyzing text can help you answer related questions on the reading section of the SAT examination. Each of the includes a topic that you'll need to know about to do well on the test.

SAT Reading - Interpreting and Analyzing Text - Chapter Summary

Enhance your ability to interpret and analyze text before you take the reading portion of the SAT examination. This chapter can help you develop skills in these areas. For instance, you can discover what it means to compare and contrast various elements of literature, and explore the significance of the Venn diagram for this purpose. Study these and other topics in order to:

  • Explore the relationships between events and ideas
  • Determine the purpose of an author
  • Use supportive details to identify the main point
  • Restate, summarize, explore cause and effect, and apply ideas from reading passages
  • Analyze text and compare it to real-world situations
  • Draw conclusions and infer intended meanings in passages
  • Interpret generalizations and word choices
  • Evaluate point of view along with the writer's tone
  • Practice reading informational text and analyzing graphic information

Go over the teacher-led videos and text lessons so that you can perform well on the reading section of the SAT examination. Designed to help you recall concepts you may have studied in class or to present you with new information, the lessons are brief, self-paced and entertaining. You can watch the animated videos, listen to their narration or check out the written transcripts and bold keywords that accompany the visual lessons. Take the multiple-choice self-assessment quizzes in order to test your retention.

SAT Reading - Interpreting and Analyzing Text Objectives

The SAT examination's Critical Reading Section includes much of the material that you will study in this chapter. Prove your ability to analyze information, to comprehend inferences and to assess cause and effect when answering this section's 52 multiple-choice questions that must all be completed in 65 minutes.

12 Lessons in Chapter 18: SAT Reading: Interpreting & Analyzing Text
Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

9. How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

Authors never pick the words in their works by accident. In this lesson, we'll explore the ways that authors use words and see how this impacts our understanding of their work.

How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

10. How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

Writers give us many clues to help us understand why they write. In this lesson, we're going to check out the concepts of tone and point of view to see how they can be used to better understand a passage.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

11. 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 Graphic Information Inside a Text

12. 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.

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