Ch 3: NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Interpretation

About This Chapter

These video and text lessons and practice quizzes will help you prepare for reading interpretation and analysis questions on the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Reading test.

NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Interpretation - Chapter Summary

This chapter is an easy and fun way to brush up on reading interpretation for the NES Reading exam. You'll cover topics such as point of view, main idea and determining cause and effect in a reading passage. By the end of the chapter, you'll also have reviewed the following:

  • Improving reading comprehension
  • Using supporting details to explain the main point
  • Author's purpose
  • How word choice affects tone and meaning
  • First, second and third person point of view
  • Difference between point of view of characters and the reader
  • Determining sequence of events
  • Drawing conclusions from a reading passage
  • Evaluating author credibility and bias

These short video and text lessons use concise explanations and visual aids to bring topics to life in ten minutes or less. Use the timeline tags to skip to specific points in the lesson that you want to review. After you've completed the lessons, test your understanding with interactive quizzes and the chapter exam.

NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Interpretation Objectives

The NES Reading test is part of the licensure process for public school teachers in many states. The exam takes one hour to complete and consists of 45 multiple-choice questions.

The lessons in this chapter can help you study for questions about main ideas and supporting details, author's purpose and point of view. You'll also gain the critical reasoning skills that you'll need to evaluate writing passages. In addition to these topics, expect the exam questions to ask about the effect of a writer's choice of words and phrases, cause-and-effect relationships, drawing conclusions from written information, stated and implied assumptions that support an argument and the objectivity, credibility, or bias of an author.

12 Lessons in Chapter 3: NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Interpretation
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

1. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

2. 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.

Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

3. 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!

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

4. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Assessing Writer Credibility & Bias

6. Assessing Writer Credibility & Bias

When reading a piece of persuasive writing, it is important to be able to determine the writer's ethos, or credibility, in order to decide how truly persuasive his or her argument is.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

11. 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.

Detecting Assumptions in Arguments

12. Detecting Assumptions in Arguments

This lesson covers how to determine if an argument has been made based off of assumptions. It will also cover what needs to be done in order to make an argument valid. Multiple examples of assumptive argruments are provided, along with their re-structured arguments.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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