About This Chapter
CBEST Reading: Critical Analysis Chapter Summary
Enhance your critical analysis skills ahead of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) by completing this series of reading video lessons. By the end of this chapter, you'll know a step-by-step process for analyzing literary passages. You'll also be able to recognize numerous literary devices, including foreshadowing and persuasive techniques. Topics covered in this chapter include:
- The difference between fact and opinion
- First, second and third points of view
- Identifying inconsistencies in points of view
- Identifying logical assumptions in a reading selection
- Making predictions based on a reading selection
- Recognizing an author's attitude toward his or her subject
- Recognizing the audience in a reading selection
- Determining the best audience for a reading selection
Objectives of the CBEST Reading: Critical Analysis Chapter
California and Oregon require prospective K-12 public school teachers pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test. This exam is divided into three sections: reading, mathematics and writing. The reading portion features 50 multiple-choice questions, approximately 40% of which focus on your ability to critically analyze and evaluate written passages, graphs and tables.
Critical analysis is the focus of a number of lessons. Each individual lesson includes a video presentation and a self-assessment test, which allows you to gauge your skill in critically analyzing reading selections.
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.
2. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person
Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.
3. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions
Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.
4. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions
Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.
5. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay
Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.
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Other chapters within the CBEST Test Prep: Practice & Study Guide course
- About the CBEST Test
- CBEST Reading: Comprehension
- CBEST Reading: Vocabulary & Language
- CBEST Reading: Evaluating Arguments
- CBEST Writing: Conventions of English
- CBEST Writing: Developing Ideas
- CBEST Writing: Focused Writing
- CBEST Writing: Write with Clarity
- CBEST Math: Arithmetic
- CBEST Math: Basic Algebra
- CBEST Math: Numerical Relationships
- CBEST Math: Graphical Relationships
- CBEST Test Prep Flashcards