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GED Social Studies: Reading Skills - Chapter Summary
In order to perform well on the GED Social Studies test, you'll need to demonstrate strong reading skills. To help you strengthen your reading abilities for the exam, we've outlined a variety of effective reading strategies and methods in this chapter. Work through the chapter to review methods for analyzing a text's main idea, purpose, point of view, organization and more. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Recognize the number of main ideas that are present in a text
- Define the concept of an implied main idea
- Use supporting details to explain a main point
- Find specific details in reading selections
- Compare types of organizational writing patterns
- Analyze a text's purpose
- Evaluate an author's purpose and point of view
To practice applying these reading skills, try the short lesson quizzes and the chapter's multiple-choice exam. If you have any questions about these reading methods, feel free to reach out to our reading experts online. The chapter is available whenever you need it, and you can use any Internet-connected device to access these convenient GED Social Studies test preparation materials.
1. How to Determine the Number of Main Ideas in a Text
When approaching a text for the first time, the reader is likely looking for the main idea, or the central point the author is trying to emphasize or explain. Read this lesson to learn how to find what the main idea is and how to tell if there is more than one.
2. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples
What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!
3. 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.
4. Finding Specific Details in a Reading Selection
Ever have trouble finding a specific detail in a reading selection? Often knowing the structure of the selection will help. This video lesson will give some strategies for finding specific details depending on selection structure.
5. Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types
Ever read a piece of writing and simply not understand the message? Knowing the structure of the writing will often help you understand it. Watch this video lesson to learn about structure of writing.
6. 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.
7. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples
This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.
8. Evaluating an Author's Point of View
Two authors have differing opinions on the same topic. Which one should you believe? This lesson details several things to look for when evaluating points of view and forming your own informed decisions.
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Other chapters within the GED Social Studies: Civics & Government, US History, Economics, Geography & World course
- About the GED: Social Studies
- GED Question Types
- GED Social Studies: Analysis Skills
- GED Social Studies: Writing Skills
- GED Social Studies: Math Skills
- World History (8000 BCE to 600 CE)
- World History (600 to 1600)
- World History (1600 to 1930)
- World History (1930 to Present)
- U.S. History (Pre-Columbian Period to 1791)
- U.S. History (1791 to 1877)
- U.S. History (1877 to 1929)
- U.S. History (1929 to Present)
- Post World War II Politics & Culture
- Types of Governments
- The History of American Democracy
- Key Documents in the Creation of the U.S.
- Overview of Federalism in the United States
- Election Process
- Individual Rights & Civic Responsibilities
- Public Policy Overview
- Foundations of Economics
- Basic Geography Tools & Concepts
- Physical Features of the Earth & the Environment
- Overview & Effects of Human Migration
- GED Social Studies Flashcards