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Ch 2: PECT PAPA: Purpose, Main Idea & Organization of Texts

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons to review the main idea and purpose of written texts, as well as organizational strategies used in writing. These lessons are designed to prepare you for questions on the PECT PAPA exam.

PECT PAPA: Purpose, Main Idea & Organization of Texts - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help you review the purpose, main idea and organizational structure in written texts and make sure you are ready for questions on the PECT Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment exam. The resources in this study guide can help you develop and structure your written response as well as answer questions on the following topics:

  • Author's intended purpose
  • Using supporting details to develop a main point
  • Identifying relationships between specific and general ideas
  • Organizational patterns used in writing
  • Characteristics and components of summaries
  • Arranging ideas in an outline

Review topics you may have grown rusty on with these engaging video lessons. Each lesson is about five minutes long and comes with a full video transcript. Test your knowledge with self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam.

PECT PAPA: Purpose, Main Idea & Organization of Texts Chapter Objectives

The PECT PAPA is part of the certification process for undergraduate students looking to obtain educator preparation certificates in the state of Pennsylvania. The test will measure your reading, writing and math skills. The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you answer the questions about purpose, main idea and organization on the reading portion of the exam, which consists of 36 selected-response questions. These lessons can also assist you in the writing portion of the exam, which includes two sentence-correction assignments, one constructed-response assignment and 36 selected-response questions.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: PECT PAPA: Purpose, Main Idea & Organization of Texts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

1. 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.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

2. 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.

How to Identify Relationships Between General & Specific Ideas

3. How to Identify Relationships Between General & Specific Ideas

In this lesson, we will learn how to tell the difference between general and specific ideas. We will also explore the relationships between these ideas and practice identifying the ideas and their relationships.

Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

4. Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

Ever read a piece of writing and simply not understand the message? Knowing the structure of the writing will often help you understand it. Watch this video lesson to learn about structure of writing.

Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

5. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

6. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.

How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

7. How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

Organizing ideas presented in a reading selection can seem like a tricky task. But, in this lesson, we'll discuss how to do this effectively and why it is an important skill to master.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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