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Reasoning and Inferencing

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Perform multiple steps of reasoning

SKILL 2: Make multiple, layered inferences

 

  1. 1

    Perform multiple steps of reasoning

    Example

    This passage is adapted from a 1981 book on the history of the blues.

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    The author’s “difficulty” (line 1) was caused primarily by the

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  2. 2

    Make multiple, layered inferences

    Example

    This passage is adapted from a 1981 book on the history of the blues.

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    Lines 35–41 (“Before . . . know”) suggest that the author valued both

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Skills needed to score in the next band

When you’ve finished reading a text and have determined how the author feels about a certain topic, ask yourself how he or she would feel about a related argument. How would someone with an opposing viewpoint respond to the text? How would the author respond to an opposing argument?

As you read a longer text, notice how the author develops an idea. How is the idea introduced? How is the idea developed throughout the text?

 

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