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ASSET Reading Skills Test: Understanding Context - Chapter Summary
This chapter is composed of a series of lesson videos you can watch to review some of the different strategies you can use to interpret the meanings of passages and the words in them. Each lesson video is taught by an expert instructor who will explain these different strategies and will also be available to answer any questions you may have, via the teacher tab in the lessons, so that you will be able to:
- Decipher unfamiliar words in a reading passage
- Use the context of a reading to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words
- Do a structure analysis to understand unfamiliar words
- Use a combination of prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to find the meanings of words
- Understand an author's use of connotation and denotation
- Interpret written works in the context they were written in
After you watch these lesson videos, you can reinforce your understanding of the material presented in them by reading the lesson transcripts. Once you've completed your review of a lesson, see how well you retained the information presented in it by taking the lesson quiz that accompanies it. After these short assessments, use the video tags to return to and study the parts of the lessons that explained the topics you missed, so that you can further improve your understanding of the material.
ASSET Reading Skills Test: Understanding Context Objectives
The ASSET Reading Skills Test is used by many community and technical colleges to measure the reading skills of incoming students for course placement. This 25-minute exam is composed of 24 questions, 12 of which will measure your ability to recall information from reading passages and another 12 that will measure your ability to interpret the meanings of those passages. Use this chapter to improve your ability to decipher the meanings of text and understanding the context.
1. Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies
Learning how to decipher unfamiliar words is imperative in any language arts classroom. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for teaching vocabulary in reading passages.
2. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words
With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.
3. Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words
Discover the importance of using structural analysis to understand unfamiliar words. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to divide unknown words into known pieces to comprehend their overall meanings.
4. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure
In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.
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.
6. Interpreting Works in Context
In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.
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