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NYSTCE English Language Arts: Reading Comprehension Strategies - Chapter Summary
How can you get more out of your reading? Use our online video lessons to practice essential reading techniques. Review the following comprehension strategies:
- Strategies for big picture and close reading
- Analysis of literary passages
- Multiple-choice test taking strategies for literature questions
- Improve comprehension by finding the gist
This chapter also gives you practice answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Work your way through each lesson and take the quiz at the end to check for mastery.
NYSTCE English Language Arts: Reading Comprehension Strategies Objectives
The reading subarea of the English Language Arts Content Specialty test composes about 14% of the questions. Prepare by reviewing the following topics:
- How to vary reading strategies for different types of texts and purposes
- Before- and After-reading comprehension strategies
- Methods for monitoring your understanding while you read
- Common text structures
- Patterns of repeated words and phrases
- Word identification strategies
- How to gather, synthesize and evaluate information
- How to distinguish between general statements and specific details
- Tone and style
- Logic fallacies
- How to make inferences and draw conclusions
- Summarizing and paraphrasing
- Analyzing information
- Comprehending reading for literary response, critical analysis and evaluation
The whole test is composed of about 90 multiple-choice questions and a written, constructed-response question. This chapter of our online study guide can help you review content knowledge and allows you to practice answering the types of questions you might find on the test.
1. Reading Strategies Using Visualization
In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.
2. 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.'
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.
4. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies
In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.
5. 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.
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Other chapters within the NYSTCE English Language Arts (003): Practice and Study Guide course
- NYSTCE Information Resources
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Literary Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary Genres
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary History & Culture
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: World Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: American Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: British Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Informational Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing U.S. Documents
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Arguments
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: The Pre-Writing Process
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Revising & Editing Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Style
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Narrative & Descriptive Writing
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Research & Writing Tips
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Interpersonal Communication
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Communicating in Groups
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Evaluating & Delivering Speeches
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Persuasive Speaking
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: English Language & Grammar
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Assessment Types & Techniques
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Instructional Strategies
- NYSTCE English Language Arts Flashcards