Ch 2: TACHS: Reading Comprehension

About This Chapter

The TACHS (Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools) will evaluate your student's preparation for high-school level coursework. Through its text and video lessons, this chapter can improve students' reading comprehension before they take the test.

TACHS: Reading Comprehension - Chapter Summary

This chapter will aim improve your student's ability to understand reading passages as they prepare for The TACHS examination for Catholic high school admission. Its text and animated video lessons emphasize reading strategies such as visualization, decoding, fluency and retelling. Young learners can become adept at using graphic organizers that help them remember what they've read, and they can practice implementing transitional phrases and words when reading various passages. They might utilize this chapter in order to:

  • Determine main point of an essay or paragraph
  • Build reading fluency skills
  • Practice oral language activities that promote reading comprehension
  • Increase understanding of written material through visualization
  • Recognize and use different graphic organizers
  • Compare close- and big-picture reading techniques
  • Understand use of transitions
  • Distinguish between argument and topic

Your student can benefit from the instruction of experienced teachers when watching these short lessons. Accessible via mobile device and offered in both text and video format, the lessons can prepare students for questions they'll find on the TACHS examination. Personalized assistance can be obtained when your student submits questions on reading comprehension to our experts. Several five-question multiple-choice quizzes will evaluate how much the student has remembered.

TACHS: Reading Comprehension Chapter Objectives

The TACHS examination will assess your student's readiness to enter a Brooklyn or Queens Catholic high school. Registration information can be obtained from the offices of a Catholic elementary or high school as well as from some public elementary schools or religious offices. The registration process can be completed online (the preferred method), on paper, or by phone. A required registration fee must be paid by credit card.

You'll receive an admissions card that confirms your child's testing date. Include the top three Catholic high school choices on this card. In addition to ensuring that the school completes and submits your child's Applicant Record, you could attend an informational fair at a local high school. Home reports containing your child's test score should be received by the middle of January.

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: TACHS: Reading Comprehension
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Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

1. 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.

Factors That Influence Reading Fluency

2. Factors That Influence Reading Fluency

Many things go into making a good reader, from word recognition to fluency. How does fluency factor in? This lesson defines and outlines the components of a fluent reader and shows how fluency changes in different situations.

Oral Language Activities & Reading Comprehension

3. Oral Language Activities & Reading Comprehension

A student's reading comprehension abilities can be difficult for any teacher to evaluate. This lesson discusses verbal strategies for assessing a student's comprehension level.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

4. 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.

Graphic Organizer: Definition, Types & Examples

5. Graphic Organizer: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, delve into the world of graphic organizers and gain an understanding of the definition and varieties. You'll also view examples of how they can be applied to foster a myriad of educational objectives.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

6. 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.'

Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

7. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for using transitional words or phrases to navigate a reading passage and find the main point. Then, you can practice yourself in the quiz.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

8. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

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