Ch 10: NMTA Reading: Using Literary Texts

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Use our video lessons to renew your understanding of how to use literary texts to boost reading comprehension. This review will help you answer related questions on the NMTA Reading exam.

NMTA Reading: Using Literary Texts - Chapter Summary

Let us aid in your review of reading strategies and understanding various types of fiction and poetry as you prepare for the NMTA Reading exam. These brief videos will help you tackle exam questions on topics including:

  • Strategies for close reading vs. big picture reading
  • How to let text help interpret meaning
  • Steps in analyzing a literary passage
  • Similes, metaphors and imagery
  • Meaning and form in poetry
  • Foreshadowing
  • Methods of interpreting tone and drawing inferences in fiction
  • How to use literary texts to reinforce comprehension

You can watch these lessons from anywhere, on a computer, smartphone or tablet. A clickable timeline allows you to quickly return to key points in the lesson without having to re-watch the entire video. A lesson transcript highlights important topics and terms, and there's even an ask-an-expert feature that lets you seek personalized assistance.

NMTA Reading: Using Literary Texts Chapter Objectives

New Mexico requires passing the NMTA Reading test to add an endorsement in reading to an existing teaching license. The exam can also be used to meet testing requirements for several types of initial licensing. There are 100 questions on the exam, all multiple choice. The exam is divided into four subareas, and questions on the topics in this chapter are in the Developing Reading Comprehension and Promoting Independent Reading subarea, which makes up 27% of the total exam.

You can see what it's like to answer questions in a format like you'll encounter on the exam by completing the short quizzes that follow each of our lessons. These quizzes also provide a way to assess your learning and see where you need further review. In fact, if you miss a question, we'll provide a link right to that point in the video.

11 Lessons in Chapter 10: NMTA Reading: Using Literary Texts
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Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

1. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

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

2. 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.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

3. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

4. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

5. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

6. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

Form & Meaning in Poetry

7. Form & Meaning in Poetry

In this lesson, we will explore how form and content combine to create meaning in poetry. Along the way, we will examine the components of poetic form and content and define poetic meaning.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

8. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

9. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

10. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

Using Literary Texts to Teach Reading Comprehension

11. Using Literary Texts to Teach Reading Comprehension

Comprehension is one of the major elements of reading, and in order to get students to improve their comprehension, you need to present them with good reading material. This lesson will acquaint you with the use and benefits of literary texts.

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