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Ch 7: ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA: Inference & Context in Written Works

About This Chapter

Help your students quickly get ready for the ISTE+ Grade 8 ELA exam by having them look through this chapter. Featuring engaging resources, this chapter makes the study process engaging.

ISTE+ Grade 8 ELA: Inference & Context in Written Works - Chapter Summary

Using the lessons in this chapter, students will enhance their ability to interpret literary meaning and review inference for the exam. After working through this chapter, students should be capable of answering questions on the ISTE+ Grade 8 ELA exam relating to:

  • Application of context
  • Finding the theme or central idea
  • Determining the sequence of events in reading selections
  • Analyzing theme development in a text
  • Understanding tone and mood
  • The impact of word choice

Each video lesson in this chapter is short, ranging from 5-10 minutes. The videos help your students quickly prepare for the exam, and they can see how much they have learned by using the self-assessment quizzes. All of these resources are available online and the videos are taught by professional instructors who are available to answer any questions that might come up.

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA: Inference & Context in Written Works
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Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

1. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

2. 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.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

3. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.

What is Context? - Definition & Application

4. What is Context? - Definition & Application

In writing, context is the information surrounding the information. Without context, information can be misinterpreted; with context, information can be understood.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

5. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

6. 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 Find the Theme or Central Idea

7. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot

8. Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot

Once you can identify the plot, setting, characters, and theme of a story, there's still more to consider. In this lesson, you'll get a sense of how all four of those terms function together to have an effect on the reader.

Connecting Characters, Plot & Themes in a Text

9. Connecting Characters, Plot & Themes in a Text

Plot, theme, and characters are elements in almost every story, book, and play. In this lesson, you'll learn how they work together to create an impact on the reader, and you can test your understanding at the end with a short quiz.

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