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Praxis I Core Academic Reading: Comprehension - Chapter Summary
Prepare for the Praxis I Core Academic Reading exam by developing your close reading skills and your ability to recognize a written passage's main idea. This chapter's video lessons include the following strategies for improving reading comprehension:
- Get the gist of an essay
- Infer intended meaning
- Identify facts and details in a reading selection
- Recognize implied relationships in a reading selection
- Identify the relationships between general and specific ideas
- Recognize gaps and inconsistencies in a text
- Determine where a text leaves a matter uncertain
- Use specific details to understand a text as a whole
- Recognize how individuals, events, and ideas can interact within a text
In addition to familiarizing you with content found on the exam, the video lessons go over test-taking strategies, such as how to answer multiple-choice questions about literature. You can put these strategies to use by taking the quizzes included at the end of each lesson; the results can help you identify areas for improvement.
Praxis I Core Academic Reading: Comprehension Chapter Objectives
The Praxis I Core Academic Reading exam consists of 56 multiple-choice questions intended to assess your aptitude for evaluating such texts as novels, journal articles, and magazine articles. Scores on this exam are used to determine if applicants to schools' teacher education programs have sufficient academic preparation. You might also be required to submit these scores in the process of applying for a teaching license.
The exam is broken up into three sections. The Key Ideas and Details section makes up about 35% of the exam and tests you on many of the concepts included in this chapter. After reading a passage, you might be asked to identify statements that would strengthen the author's argument or determine which statements the author would agree with.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.'
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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Other chapters within the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Reading (5712): Study Guide & Practice course
- About the Praxis Reading Core Academic Test
- Praxis I Reading: Themes and Main Ideas
- Praxis I Reading: Evaluating Arguments and Reasoning
- Praxis I Reading: Word Choice and Language
- Praxis I Reading: Figurative Language and Nuance
- Praxis I Reading: Structure and Organization
- Praxis I Reading: Point of View
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading Flashcards