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Ch 42: HSPT Test: Interpreting Readings

About This Chapter

Further enhance your ability to break down and interpret readings by reviewing these engaging video lessons. This chapter is extremely useful in preparing you for what's going to be on the HSPT test.

HSPT Test: Interpreting Readings - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter have been created to facilitate your review on interpreting literary works and the components within a passage. The video format of these lessons makes learning entertaining and efficient. The following topics are addressed in this chapter:

  • Interpreting connections between ideas, events and individuals
  • Cause and effect in passages
  • Elements of a passage
  • Interpreting word choice and generalization
  • Using context
  • Sentence structure and its effect on meaning
  • Identifying a writer's tone and point-of-view
  • Restating ideas
  • The author's purpose in passages
  • Inference and drawing conclusion

Instructors have made this chapter to help you identify ways to interpret literature in preparation for the HSPT test. The videos, text lessons, and self-assessment quizzes can help ensure you are learning the right details for the exam.

HSPT Test: Interpreting Readings Chapter Objectives

The topics within this interactive chapter are part of the reading portion of the exam, which has 62 multiple-choice questions. Using the lessons, you can examine what the questions could look like on the actual exam. In order to ensure you are learning effectively, you can use the self-assessment quizzes.

14 Lessons in Chapter 42: HSPT Test: Interpreting Readings
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How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

1. How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

Recognize and understand how cause and effect relates to literature. Learn how to determine and find cause and effect in a reading passage, along with a strategy to assist you.

How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

2. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.

How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

3. How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

Do you know what a generalization is? Do you know how to spot a misleading generalization when you see one, or make generalizations about different aspects of a passage? Watch this video lesson to gain or improve skills.

How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

4. How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

Authors never pick the words in their works by accident. In this lesson, we'll explore the ways that authors use words and see how this impacts our understanding of their work.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

5. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

6. How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

Writers give us many clues to help us understand why they write. In this lesson, we're going to check out the concepts of tone and point of view to see how they can be used to better understand a passage.

What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

7. What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

What is writing style? Many people struggle to answer this question, because the answer can be vague. By evaluating several main types of writing and examples of each, we will try to answer this elusive question.

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

8. 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.

How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions

9. How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions

Text structures are identifiable patterns in the organization of text in a written work. This lesson will discuss the use of transitions to determine text structure. We will end with a very short quiz to see what you have learned.

How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

10. How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

Understanding how to restate an idea and summarize the information you have read is an important reading skill. In this lesson, you'll learn how to rephrase the main points of an essay, argument, or reading passage into a clear summary.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

11. 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.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

12. 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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

13. 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.

How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage

14. How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage

You might be able to understand everything the author says in a passage, but can you figure out what the author ISN'T saying? Try your hand at drawing conclusions - but not jumping to conclusions - in this video lesson.

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