Ch 3: Praxis I Reading: Themes and Main Ideas

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to prepare for the Praxis I Core Academic Reading exam. The video lessons in this chapter can teach you how to identify a reading selection's main ideas and details, and the quizzes can give you an idea of what to expect on exam day.

Praxis I Core Academic Reading: Themes and Main Ideas - Chapter Summary

If you'd like to improve your ability to identify a written passage's reoccurring subjects or motifs in time for the Praxis I Core Academic Reading exam, the Themes and Main Ideas chapter outlines techniques for doing just that. Some of the skills covered in the video lessons are listed below:

  • Finding the theme in a text
  • Identifying elements of a reading selection that support the main idea
  • Summarizing and paraphrase ideas in a reading selection
  • Finding specific details in a reading selection

These video lessons can help you assess your understanding of the material and set study goals. You can use the quizzes at the end of each lesson to track your progress and find out what types of questions are included on the exam.

Praxis I Core Academic Reading: Themes and Main Ideas Chapter Objectives

The Themes and Main Ideas chapter prepares you for questions appearing in the Key Ideas and Details section of the Praxis I Core Academic Reading test. This section makes up around 35% of the exam and includes questions that present you with a list of statements and ask you to pick the one that best paraphrases a written passage's main idea or a supporting detail. There are 56 total questions on the Praxis I Core Academic Reading test, all of which are multiple-choice.

Overall scores on the exam are sometimes used by colleges, universities, and even state education boards to determine applicants' readiness for a teacher education program or a teaching license.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Praxis I Reading: Themes and Main Ideas
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

1. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

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 Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

3. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.

Comparing Texts to Personal Experience

4. Comparing Texts to Personal Experience

Each reader brings individual opinions, beliefs, and experiences to the reading of a text. Understanding this dynamic can help you enjoy and learn from the books you read.

What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

5. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

6. 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 Restate an Idea and Summarize

7. 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.

What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples

8. What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what a paraphrase is and how to accurately paraphrase information. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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