Ch 12: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Analyzing & Interpreting Passages

About This Chapter

Brush up on your skills in analyzing and interpreting texts before you take the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing. This chapter can help you review how to identify literary forms, critical thinking, rhetorical devices and context in literary passages.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Analyzing & Interpreting Passages - Chapter Summary

This chapter has been put together to help you improve your skills analyzing and interpreting passages, so that when you read the passage for the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CATW) you will be able to do so effectively. In it, our expert instructors lead a series of short, engaging videos about:

  • How literary forms and genres affect meaning
  • Processes of critical thinking and critical listening
  • Uses of rhetorical devices in writing
  • Using context to interpret writing
  • Identifying biases, assumptions and stereotypes
  • Interpreting informational text and using textual evidence
  • Steps for analyzing literary passages
  • Analyzing articles, journals, diaries, speeches and letters

Take advantage of the versatility of these lessons and watch them on your mobile devices when you are away from your computer and have a spare moment. You can also read the text transcripts for written overviews that identify the key vocabulary of the chapter. Before you move on from a lesson, be sure to test your retention of the material presented in it by taking the quiz that accompanies it.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Analyzing & Interpreting Passages Objectives

The CUNY Assessment Test in Writing is one of the three tests administered by CUNY schools as part of their admissions and placement process. In this test, you will be asked to analyze and interpret a passage and then write an essay in response, all in a 90-minute testing session. Review these lessons to improve your skills analyzing and interpreting passages before test day.

14 Lessons in Chapter 12: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Analyzing & Interpreting Passages
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Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

1. 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.

What is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning

2. What is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning

Critical thinking is a term that we hear a lot, but many people don't really stop to think about what it means or how to use it. This lesson will tell you exactly what it means and make you realize that the average person largely ignores critical thinking.

The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions

3. The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions

In this lesson, you'll learn the steps involved in the critical thinking process. You'll consider how coming to a conclusion effectively involves multiple questions that get you thinking about a topic in a new way.

Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

4. Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

Critical listening skills go far beyond just hearing a speaker's message. They involve analyzing the information in a speech and making important decisions about truth, authenticity and relevance. Learn about critical listening and thinking skills in this lesson.

Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

5. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.

Interpreting Works in Context

6. Interpreting Works in Context

In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.

Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

7. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

8. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

9. 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.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

10. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

When reading news articles, we often get caught up in the drama, but in order to analyze an article we need to look at it differently. In this lesson, we'll discuss exactly how to do that.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

11. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

There are many famous speeches that are inspiring and memorable, but to effectively analyze a speech we need to look at it in a new way. In this lesson we'll discuss exactly how to do this.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal

12. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal

Interpreting a journal article can seem daunting, but recognizing common format elements and asking specific questions will help you break it down into understandable pieces that can be analyzed.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

13. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

Reading someone's diary seems like a slightly scandalous thing to do, but published diaries can be analyzed, interpreted, and used as research materials. In this lesson, we'll look at how to read a diary in this way.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

14. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

Writing a letter to someone may seem like a casual thing, but letters can be analyzed as primary sources that represent a piece of history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze a letter.

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