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Ch 4: CSET English: Literacy Studies

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Get ready for the CSET English Subtest II with our video lessons. In this chapter, study the conventions of standard English and learn how to construct meaning using context clues. Use the video lessons and quizzes to prepare for the types of questions you'll see on the exam.

CSET English Subtest II: Literacy Studies - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter teach you how to evaluate reasoning in written texts, use inference and connotation and interpret literary meaning. By watching these video lessons, you'll become familiar with concepts in literacy studies that might appear on the CSET English Subtest II. Subjects covered in these video lessons include:

  • Definition and examples of consonance, assonance and repetition
  • Understatement and litotes
  • Using context clues and word structure to construct meaning
  • Reading strategies
  • Connotation and denotation
  • Understanding tone and mood
  • Writing structure
  • Close reading versus big picture reading
  • Commonly confused words
  • Capitalization rules
  • Social implications of mastering English
  • Metacognitive strategies
  • Text conventions in different genres

CSET English Subtest II: Objectives

The California Subject Exams for Teachers is designed to evaluate potential teachers' readiness to teach in specific subject areas. Aspiring English teachers in California need to pass the CSET English subject exam, which consists of four subtests. CSET English Subtest II has 50 multiple-choice questions covering language, linguistics and literacy. To succeed on this subtest, you'll need to be able to analyze the social implications associated with mastery of English conventions, understand reading and writing cognition and describe metacognitive strategies, such as word analysis and concept formation.

The video lessons in this chapter provide an in-depth review of these concepts. You'll also be able to utilize self-assessment quizzes that you can use to gauge your skill level in this area.

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: CSET English: Literacy Studies
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Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

1. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Consonance, Assonance, and Repetition: Definitions & Examples

2. Consonance, Assonance, and Repetition: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson, explore the different ways authors repeat consonant and vowel sounds in their literary works. Learn about how writers use repeated words and phrases with well-known examples.

Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

3. Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

In this lesson, explore the use of understatement as a way to draw attention to a specific quality or to add humor. Learn about litotes, a specific form of understatement, and discover examples from literature.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

4. 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.

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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

6. 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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

7. 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.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

8. 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.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

9. 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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

10. 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.'

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

11. 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.

Commonly Confused Words in English

12. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

13. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

14. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

15. 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.

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