Ch 3: Ohio Graduation Test: Interpreting Readings

About This Chapter

Our Interpreting Readings chapter is part of our preparation course for the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). Use our short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to help you prepare for the reading section of the OGT.

Ohio Graduation Test: Interpreting Readings Chapter Summary

Let our expert instructors show you effective strategies for analyzing and interpreting texts for the reading section of the OGT. This chapter will cover all the skills you need, including:

  • Interpreting how ideas, events and individuals interact
  • Cause and effect of an event in a passage
  • Comparing and contrasting elements in a passage
  • Interpreting generalizations, word choice and figurative language
  • Determining the writer's tone and purpose
  • Explaining the main point through supporting details
  • Writing style
  • Drawing conclusions from a passage

We'll cover all of these concepts plus many more, as well as teach you some effective strategies on how to apply this to the OGT. This chapter is ideal for anyone looking to improve their reading analysis skills or struggling to convey their analysis effectively.

Ohio Graduation Test: Interpreting Readings Chapter Objectives

The OGT is a 5-part examination that is a prerequisite for high school graduation. The topics covered in our Interpreting Readings chapter will apply to the reading section of the examination. The chapter is particularly applicable to questions dealing with analyzing text; whether it be to draw conclusions about meaning, doing comparative analysis or responding to a passage to demonstrate understanding.

Our short, easy-to-navigate video lessons are led by expert instructors. These videos come equipped with useful video tags that let you jump to specific parts of the lesson and include accurate transcripts. The format means you can learn at your own pace and never worry about missing information.

The OGT's reading section contains 32 multiple-choice questions, four short answer questions and two extended response questions. This section covers a student's proficiency in four academic reading content standards.

15 Lessons in Chapter 3: Ohio Graduation Test: Interpreting Readings
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How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

1. 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.

How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

2. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.

How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

3. How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

Do you know what a generalization is? Do you know how to spot a misleading generalization when you see one, or make generalizations about different aspects of a passage? Watch this video lesson to gain or improve skills.

How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

4. How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

Authors never pick the words in their works by accident. In this lesson, we'll explore the ways that authors use words and see how this impacts our understanding of their work.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

5. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions

8. How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions

Text structures are identifiable patterns in the organization of text in a written work. This lesson will discuss the use of transitions to determine text structure. We will end with a very short quiz to see what you have learned.

How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

9. How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

Understanding how to restate an idea and summarize the information you have read is an important reading skill. In this lesson, you'll learn how to rephrase the main points of an essay, argument, or reading passage into a clear summary.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

10. 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.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

11. 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.

What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

12. What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

What is writing style? Many people struggle to answer this question, because the answer can be vague. By evaluating several main types of writing and examples of each, we will try to answer this elusive question.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

13. 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.

How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage

14. How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage

You might be able to understand everything the author says in a passage, but can you figure out what the author ISN'T saying? Try your hand at drawing conclusions - but not jumping to conclusions - in this video lesson.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

15. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.

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