Ch 1: PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Analyzing Text

About This Chapter

Students review literary analysis in the Analyzing Text chapter of our PSSA - ELA Grade 7 study guide. Use these lessons to help your students gain confidence, knowledge and skill in preparation for the language arts section of the PSSA exam.

PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Analyzing Text - Chapter Summary

Expand your students' ability to evaluate and extract meaning from written text using the material in these lessons. Students will study how to interpret generalizations, look at the ways in which different authors might present information, and see how written text compares with other forms of media. The lessons cover the following:

  • Steps to analyzing a literary passage
  • Making inferences, drawing conclusions, summarizing and more
  • Documenting textual evidence and using details
  • Understanding interactions between ideas, individuals and events
  • How to analyze dialogue, characters, times, decisions and more in fiction
  • Evaluating how similar themes are handled by different genres
  • Analysis of related texts and topics presented in other formats
  • Comparisons between authors' presentations, and text vs. other mediums

Step-by-step evaluation and reinforcement is built into this study guide in the form of lesson quizzes, worksheets and chapter exams. The worksheets provide practice to help with the quiz, and the quizzes allow the student to test retention and identify areas of strength or weakness. Upon completion of the chapter, the student takes a chapter exam to measure overall mastery of the material, and the dashboard provides a convenient way to keep everything organized.

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Analyzing Text
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

2. 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 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 Draw Conclusions from a Passage

4. 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.

How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

5. 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.

Citing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis of the Text

6. Citing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis of the Text

This lesson will discuss what textual evidence is and why it is important to use it when analyzing a text. We will also discuss ways to cite textual evidence when analyzing a text to better support your claims.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

7. 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.

Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or Decisions

8. Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or Decisions

Having trouble analyzing a story? Not sure what events are important? Or how speech influences the story? This lesson describes how dialogue and incidents affect the plot and characters.

Analyzing the Fictional Portrayal of a Time, Place or Character

9. Analyzing the Fictional Portrayal of a Time, Place or Character

Authors often use real historical eras, events, and people to shape their fictional stories. In this lesson, we will explore how authors use and change historical accounts to fit their needs when writing stories.

How Different Literary Genres Approach Similar Themes & Topics

10. How Different Literary Genres Approach Similar Themes & Topics

Different genres may approach themes in different ways, but similarities are always present when dealing with complementary ideas. This lesson uses the theme of justice to explain how different genres handle similar ideas.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

11. 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.

How Differing Authors Present Information

12. How Differing Authors Present Information

This lesson discusses how differing authors present the same information. Authors use facts, opinions, images and the power of persuasion to connect with their audience.

Understanding Topics Presented in Different Media or Formats

13. Understanding Topics Presented in Different Media or Formats

Information can be presented in many ways, and it's important to understand all of them. In this lesson, we'll talk about several ways for information to be presented and see how they relate to each other.

A Comparison Between Text & Other Mediums

14. A Comparison Between Text & Other Mediums

What are the advantages and disadvantages of various mediums when reading content? Does the medium affect the comprehension? In this lesson, we will compare text-only versions to audio, video, and multimedia versions of the text.

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