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Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Inference & Interpretation - Chapter Summary
Our videos can help refresh your memory about strategies for reading comprehension. This chapter focuses on interpreting what you read and inferring concepts that are not directly stated. You can watch videos on these concepts:
- Inferring the author's intended meaning
- Recognizing the goal of a piece of writing
- Finding the best statement of a written work's main idea
- Identifying a writer's opinion
- Understanding figurative language in poetry
- Determining mood in poetry
- Using context and word structure to understand meaning
- Connotation vs. denotation
These lessons are short, so each one can focus on a single concept. After you watch each video, you can take the included multiple-choice quiz to see how much you remember. Retake the quizzes as often as you want to. You might choose to practice your skills by reading and analyzing other materials as you prepare.
Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension Objectives
Everyone who wants an Illinois professional educator license must take the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) from the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS). The Reading Comprehension section is multiple-choice; it includes 60 questions. The TAP test includes two other multiple-choice sections (Language Arts and Mathematics) and one Writing section.
The Reading Comprehension section addresses your skill at understanding what you read across a wide spectrum of content. The test may include passages about fine arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences. You might be reading college-level writing or even original sources.
1. 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.
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.
3. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure
In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.
4. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
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Other chapters within the ILTS TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency (400): Practice & Study Guide course
- About the Illinois TAP Test
- Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Vocabulary & Language
- Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Find the Main Idea & Supporting Details
- Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Critical Reasoning
- Illinois TAP Reading: Summarizing & Interpreting Information
- Illinois TAP Language Arts: Grammar
- Illinois TAP Language Arts: Writing Mechanics
- Illinois TAP Writing: Understanding Audience
- Illinois TAP Writing: Development & Organization
- Illinois TAP Writing: Editing & Revision
- Illinois TAP Writing: Clarity
- Illinois TAP Writing: Practice
- Illinois TAP Math: Integers
- Illinois TAP Math: Fractions, Decimals & Percents
- Illinois TAP Math: Estimation & Measurement
- Illinois TAP Math: Reasoning Skills
- Illinois TAP Math: Algebra
- Illinois TAP Math: Geometry
- Illinois TAP Math: Data & Statistics
- ILTS TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency Flashcards