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Ch 3: Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Find the Main Idea & Supporting Details

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Let us show you how to identify main ideas and supporting details from a passage of text. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes provide several approaches to help you correctly answer these types of questions on the Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension test.

Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Find the Main Idea and Supporting Details - Chapter Summary

You can utilize this chapter's lessons to learn methods of determining the main idea and supporting details from a written piece. The lessons will help you prepare for the Reading Comprehension portion of the Illinois TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency. These video lessons and accompanying self-assessment quizzes include:

  • A step-by-step guide to analyzing a literary passage
  • Getting the gist of an essay and improving reading comprehension
  • Using visualization as reading strategies
  • Strategies for close reading and big picture reading
  • Themes and motifs
  • Finding a text's main idea
  • Finding supporting information
  • Establishing the steps or sequence of events in a passage
  • Test-taking strategies for multiple-choice questions about literature

In each lesson, instructors will explain each topic and help you prepare for the test questions. The methods of determining the main and supporting ideas of written texts will be clarified, and these engaging lessons will keep your attention as you get ready for the test.

Objectives of the Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Find the Main Idea and Supporting Details Course

The TAP is used to assess the knowledge of Illinois teacher licensing candidates. It is divided into three parts with 170 total questions, plus a writing assignment. The topics covered in the Find the Main Idea and Support Details chapter are part of the TAP's reading comprehension section. This section consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. Licensing applicants must pass each section.

The self-assessment tests included with each lesson will help you become familiar with the test format, as well as allow you to check your knowledge of test topics.

6 Lessons in Chapter 3: Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Find the Main Idea & Supporting Details
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.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

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.'

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 Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

6. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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