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Ch 5: NES Middle Grades ELA: Literary Interpretation

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This chapter on literary interpretation can improve your ability to determine an author's meaning and to teach interpretive strategies to your own students. Watch each video lesson in advance of taking the NES Middle Grades ELA examination.

NES Middle Grades ELA - Literary Interpretation - Chapter Summary

Review this chapter prior to sitting for the NES Middle Grades ELA examination and strengthen your understanding of literary interpretation. The video lessons will remind you of how text and key elements in literature can be used to decipher meaning. They'll provide opportunities to practice using inference, and to learn more about sequential order and organizational structure in writing. Allow this chapter to assist you with:

  • Using text to interpret literary meaning
  • Inferring literary meanings
  • Understanding the sequential pattern of organization
  • Applying context when trying to understand information
  • Discussing and understanding the importance of tone and meaning

These interactive video lessons are short, educational and information-rich. Expert teachers deliver the lessons and answer your on-topic questions. You can study the online lessons 24/7 as long as you utilize a wired or wireless device such as a laptop computer. You could print out the quiz results and lesson worksheets in order to review them offline.

NES Middle Grades ELA - Literary Interpretation Objectives

Demonstrate your ability to interpret literature when you're answering questions on the Reading Various Text Forms and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature content domain of the NES Middle Grades ELA examination. The domain is the equivalent of 29% of the assessment score. There are 150 multiple-choice questions to be answered on the computer-based examination. You will be allowed about three hours to finish its questions.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: NES Middle Grades ELA: Literary Interpretation
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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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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