Ch 9: FTCE: Inferential Comprehension

About This Chapter

Let us show you how to improve your inferential reading comprehension skills. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this chapter provide several approaches to help you pass the reading portion of the FTCE General Knowledge Test.

FTCE: Inferential Comprehension - Chapter Summary

The Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) General Knowledge Test measures your proficiency in several areas, including inferential reading comprehension. Viewing our video lessons on this topic can help build your skills - and your confidence - in determining the purpose of written passages and drawing logical inferences and conclusions from what you've read. Topics covered in these lessons include the following:

  • Using text to interpret literary meaning
  • Inferring intended meaning
  • Drawing inference of figurative language and mood in poetry
  • Determining purpose and identifying organization in reading selections
  • Fact vs. opinion
  • Tone vs. mood
  • Recognizing bias and evaluating reasoning
  • Analyzing the validity of arguments in reading selections
  • Identifying and avoiding logical fallacies

Objectives of the FTCE: Inferential Comprehension Chapter

As part of the certification process in Florida, prospective teachers must pass the FTCE General Knowledge Test. This four-part exam features multiple-choice subtests in reading, English language and mathematics as well as an essay section. The reading subtest features approximately four expository and narrative passages that measure test takers' literal and inferential reading comprehension skills. This 40-minute subtest features 40 questions.

Taking the self-assessment quizzes associated with the inferential reading comprehension lessons can help you identify areas where you need improvement. You can complete these assessments before, after or before and after watching the associated videos.

9 Lessons in Chapter 9: FTCE: Inferential Comprehension
Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

1. 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.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

2. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

3. 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.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

4. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.

Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

5. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

6. 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.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

7. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.

Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

8. Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

In this lesson, we will explore point of view in fiction. We will learn about several possible points of view (first person, second person, and third person) and practice identifying them.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

9. 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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