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Ch 4: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Reading Interpretation & Analysis

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Get a refresher on literary analysis strategies in these videos as you prepare for the WEST Middle Level Humanities test. Valuable test-taking practice is available in the corresponding self-assessment lesson quizzes.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Reading Interpretation & Analysis - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, we help you prepare for the English Language Arts subtest for the Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements (WEST-E) Middle Level Humanities exam by exploring how to use elements of writing and storytelling to extract meaning. Our expert instructors guide you through your review as painlessly as possible with fun graphics, useful examples, and brief videos you can fit anywhere in your busy schedule. These lessons discuss:

  • Analyzing the development and interactions between ideas, events, and individuals
  • Comparing and contrasting elements in literary passage
  • Determining cause and effect
  • Interpreting word choice and generalizations
  • Using context to determine word meanings
  • Evaluating point-of-view and tone
  • Using transitions to analyze text structure

Our lessons are designed to be viewable either at home on your computer or on the go using a mobile device. Using our unique video interface, you can skip to the video sections you need to review the most and easily move between lessons. The lesson quizzes are self correcting, helping you identify which areas you may need to review within a given lesson, and the chapter test will help you gauge your understanding while giving your realistic test-taking practice.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Reading Interpretation & Analysis Chapter Objectives

The material in this chapter fits specifically into Subtest 1: English Language Arts of the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities examination. More specifically, this material falls into the testing objective 0005, apply strategies for reading literary texts, which is one of the objectives of the Reading Process and Comprehension content domain (which makes up 42% of the overall test). You will have 75 minutes to answer about 55 multiple-choice questions in Subtest 1. To pass the Middle Level Humanities exam and receive your content knowledge endorsement you must score at least 240 on the scaled scoring system ranging from 100 to 300. Completing these lessons can help you approach the literary passages you will encounter within the test with ease.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Reading Interpretation & Analysis
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

1. How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

Recognize and understand how cause and effect relates to literature. Learn how to determine and find cause and effect in a reading passage, along with a strategy to assist you.

How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

2. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.

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 Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

4. How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

Authors never pick the words in their works by accident. In this lesson, we'll explore the ways that authors use words and see how this impacts our understanding of their work.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

5. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

6. How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

Writers give us many clues to help us understand why they write. In this lesson, we're going to check out the concepts of tone and point of view to see how they can be used to better understand a passage.

How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions

7. How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions

Text structures are identifiable patterns in the organization of text in a written work. This lesson will discuss the use of transitions to determine text structure. We will end with a very short quiz to see what you have learned.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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