Ch 1: CBASE English: Critical Reading

About This Chapter

Learn critical reading strategies in anticipation of passing the English section of the College BASE examination. This chapter includes animated video lessons and self-assessment tests that will allow you to build expertise in this area.

CBASE English: Critical Reading - Chapter Summary

Text and video lessons make up this chapter on critical reading. Exploring the information can prepare you for the English portion of the College BASE examination. The chapter can be helpful whether you are taking the exam to satisfy accreditation requirements or are seeking entry to a teacher education program. Review critical reading skills such as the ability to interpret the meaning of literary passages, use context to determine meaning and comprehend the themes of written works. You can also gain a better understanding of literary definitions. Study all of the text and video lessons in this chapter in order to:

  • Determine an author's purpose
  • Identify a passage's main idea
  • Recognize an implied main idea using supporting details and other strategies
  • Use word structure, text and prior knowledge to understand the meaning of a literary passage
  • Assess an argument's validity
  • Define connotation, denotation, euphemism and literary theme
  • Explore examples of literary genres
  • Identify tone and mood, and evaluate the ways in which word choice can affect them

When you have a solid understanding of the above topics, you could perform better on the College BASE examination. Learn on-the-go with the help of your laptop or tablet. Ask questions via the Dashboard area's specific feature, and further explore the bold keywords in the text transcripts. Each lesson is followed by a short multiple-choice quiz. If you'd like to print out the quiz results along with the chapter's worksheets, they can be studied offline.

CBASE English: Critical Reading Chapter Objectives

There are 180 multiple-choice questions as well as an essay prompt on the College BASE examination. In addition to the English section, for which this chapter can help prepare you, the examination contains mathematics, social studies and science subject areas. Apply your knowledge of critical reading during the Reading and Literature subarea of the English section. You'll be evaluated on your ability to ask relevant questions, assess ideas and read accurately. Recall what you studied in this chapter as you pursue admission to an undergraduate professional education program. You'll need about four hours to finish the examination.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: CBASE English: Critical Reading
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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.

Finding & Interpreting the Main Idea in Literature

2. Finding & Interpreting the Main Idea in Literature

Identifying the main idea of a piece of literature is essential to understanding the selection. In this lesson, we will explore the process of finding and interpreting the main idea in a piece of literature.

Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

3. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

4. 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

7. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

8. 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.

Euphemism: Definition & Examples

9. Euphemism: Definition & Examples

This lesson defines euphemisms, alternate language used in place of offensive language or when discussing taboo topics. Explore some examples of euphemisms in everyday language and well-known examples from literature.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

10. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

11. 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.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

12. 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.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

13. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

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