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CSET English Subtest I: Analyzing Texts and Other Media - Chapter Summary
A large portion of questions on the CSET English Subtest I assess your knowledge of literary genres, literary periods and literary theory. You can get ready for them by reviewing the following strategies and improving your ability to analyze different types of texts:
- Inferring intended meaning
- Constructing meaning with context clues, prior knowledge and word structure
- Using visualization, close reading and big picture reading strategies
- Discerning between connotation and denotation
- Understanding tone and mood in a reading passage
- Recognizing how structure in writing affects meaning
- Using text to guide your interpretation of literary meaning
- Understanding literary theory's major critics and movements
- Identifying literary periods and movements
- Analyzing visual media, including film, TV and Internet
- Interpreting works in political, social and cultural contexts
The instructors discuss points you'll need to be familiar with on test day in a way that makes the material approachable. The quizzes are available to help you determine how well you'll be able to answer these questions on the exam.
CSET English Subtest I: Analyzing Texts and Other Media Course Objectives
Before you can qualify for an English teacher endorsement in California, you'll need to pass four content area exams. The CSET English Subtest I is the first in the series and includes 50 questions; all are multiple-choice. Forty of these questions - or 80% of the exam - are used to assess your strength in the area of literature and textual analysis.
You'll be asked about subjects like a genre's literary components, types of literary criticism and characteristics of visual media and nonfiction. Many of these topics are covered in this chapter and can be used to get an idea of what you'll need to study for the exam.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Reading Strategies Using Visualization
In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.
7. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies
In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'
8. 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.
9. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose
The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.
10. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements
When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.
11. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course
When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.
12. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry
Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!
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Other chapters within the CSET English Subtests I & III (105 & 107): Practice & Study Guide course
- About the CSET English Test
- CSET English: Overview of American Literature
- CSET English: Overview of British Literature
- CSET English: Literature of the Ancient World
- CSET English: Overview of Philosophy
- CSET English: Genre and Form
- CSET English: Essay Writing and Rhetoric
- CSET English: Using Tools to Improve Your Writing
- CSET English: Grammar and Usage
- CSET English: Conventions of Research and Citation
- CSET English Subtests 1 & 3 Flashcards