Ch 4: TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Understanding Written Passages

About This Chapter

Go through these video lessons and learn different strategies for teaching students to understand written passages. Study for the TExMaT Master Reading Teacher (MRT) exam by reviewing our transcripts and taking our chapter exam.

TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Understanding Written Passages - Chapter Summary

Lessons in this chapter can help you improve your skills with training students and teachers to analyze written texts. As you prepare for the TExMaT MRT exam, watch our video lessons to find out more about these key areas:

  • Literary motifs and meaning
  • Inference, foreshadowing, and symbolism
  • The importance of reference materials
  • Organization style in literary passages
  • The differences between arguments and topics

To get a stronger handle on the strategies presented in these video lessons, it is recommended that you watch each lesson and read through the lesson's transcript. You may already know some of these topics, though, so you can use the video tags to skip around to those with which you are less familiar. Even if you do know a topic fairly well, skimming through the transcript may help refresh your memory, especially in preparation for the TExMaT MRT exam.

TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Understanding Written Passages Chapter Objectives

In the state of Texas, experienced teachers can earn the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) certificate by passing the TExMaT MRT exam. This exam is used to evaluate whether educators possess enough knowledge and real-world experience in accordance with MRT standards. During the exam, individuals will answer mainly multiple-choice questions, although there are some written-response questions as well. The test has been divided into five domains of knowledge. The two largest domains that make up more than half of the exam address questions related to instructional strategies for building foundational skills for reading. Questions about understanding written passages will more than likely fall within these two domains.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Understanding Written Passages
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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.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

2. 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 Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

3. 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.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

4. 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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

5. 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.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

6. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

7. 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.

What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples

8. What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples

Symbolism is a literary element used in literature to help readers understand a literary work. Learn more about the definition of symbolism and the different types of symbolism used in literature, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

9. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

10. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

When it comes to writing an essay or a vast array of other academic writing projects, you will often have to refer to the works of others. This video will teach you the skills to use reference materials in your writing.

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