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Compass ESL: Reading Interpretation & Analysis - Chapter Summary
This chapter uses quick, entertaining video lessons to explain important reading interpretation and analysis strategies to help you improve your performance on the Compass ESL Reading test. Chapter topics include:
- Cues for inferring meaning of unfamiliar words
- Using supporting details to explain a passage's main point
- Comparing and contrasting passage elements
- Tone, structure, mood, and point of view
- Restating or summarizing an idea
Each lesson comes with a video transcript that highlights key terms and ideas. Lesson quizzes let you practice using the information you've covered and assess where additional study is necessary.
Objectives of the Compass ESL: Reading Interpretation & Analysis Chapter
The Compass ESL Reading test is an untimed, computer-based exam that evaluates your English reading abilities for the purpose of college placement. The test is responsive and submits questions that are easier or more difficult based on your answers as you progress through the exam.
Reading test items show pictures, short phrases and passages and ask you multiple-choice questions about the content. The lesson quizzes in this chapter are similarly formatted. Use them to get acclimated to the Compass format before your test date.
1. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions
Text structures are identifiable patterns in the organization of text in a written work. This lesson will discuss the use of transitions to determine text structure. We will end with a very short quiz to see what you have learned.
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