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HSPT Test: Understanding Meaning in Reading - Chapter Summary
This chapter shows you some strategies that you can use to improve your ability to understand meaning in the things you read. Taught by our professional instructors, the chapter can help you improve your reading skills prior to taking the HSPT test. Use these lessons to review topics such as critical thinking skills, the critical thinking process and how to evaluate reasoning. The chapter is also designed to help you do the following:
- Understand words by their relationships
- Construct meaning with prior knowledge, word structure and context clues
- Define synonyms and antonyms
- Find the meanings of words using affixes and roots
- Give the definition of connotation and denotation
- Tell the difference between facts and opinion in a text
- Explain how authors promote bias in texts
- Compare literal and figurative language
To reinforce your understanding of the material in these lessons, read the transcripts that come with the videos or take the lesson quizzes. If you find a topic you don't understand, be sure to ask our experts for assistance. After you've reviewed all the lessons, take the practice chapter exam to see if you understand the different strategies presented in these lessons well enough to use them on the HSPT test.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. How to Evaluate Reasoning
Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.
4. Understanding Words By Their Relationships
Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.
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.
6. What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples
We use synonyms and antonyms in language usually without even noticing. Watch this video lesson to see examples and learn how to use each effectively for communication.
7. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words
In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.
8. 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.
9. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text
This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.
10. How Authors Promote Bias in Texts
Do you believe anything a person tells you? If so, then you really need to read this lesson to learn how to recognize the ways an author promotes his or her bias in a text.
11. Literal vs. Figurative Language
Writers frequently make use of different types of language to get their points across. In this lesson, we'll look at the basic differences between literal and figurative language.
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