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NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Meaning in Reading - Chapter Summary
This chapter covers all the essential information you'll need to know about finding meaning in reading passages for the NES Essential Academic Skills Reading exam. By the end of the chapter, you'll have covered the following topics:
- Using text to interpret literary meaning
- Finding meaning using prior knowledge, context clues and word structure
- Inferring intended meaning
- Interpreting figurative language
Our instructors have broken down chapter concepts into a series of short video lessons. Each lesson lasts less than ten minutes, so you'll be able to quickly and easily catch up on the topics you'll need to know. Use the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson to gauge how well you understand the material.
NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Meaning in Reading Objectives
The NES exam is part of the certification process for teachers in many states. The exam consists of 45 multiple-choice questions and is delivered via computer. The learning tools in this chapter correspond to questions on the test that ask about the meaning of words and phrases, and determine your ability to understand a writer's purpose. You'll be asked questions about the meaning of figurative language found in a sample passage, the writer's purpose in a given text and the effects of word and phrase choice. In addition, you'll need to be able to identify a writer's opinion or point of view from the word choice, phrasing and content of a written passage.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction
In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.
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Other chapters within the NES Essential Academic Skills Reading Subtest 1 (001): Practice & Study Guide course
- NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Word Meanings
- NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Interpretation
- NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Nonfiction & Informational Text
- NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Literary Analysis
- NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Writing Development
- NES Essential Academic Skills Reading Subtest 1 Flashcards