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Reasoning and Inferencing

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Make layered inferences and apply those inferences to different but related situations

SKILL 2: Make a connection between one part of a text and a later part of that same text to enhance comprehension

 

  1. 1

    Make layered inferences and apply those inferences to different but related situations

    Example

    The following passage is from a 1979 essay by a Native American writer.

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    In the context of the passage, which “expression of art” (line 9) would be the most difficult to interpret?

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  2. 2

    Make a connection between one part of a text and a later part of that same text to enhance comprehension

    Example

    The following passage is from a 1979 essay by a Native American writer.

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    In lines 83–87, the description of the porcupine woman emphasizes the discrepancy between her

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Skills needed to score in the next band

As you read a text (such as an essay or newspaper article), think about what the author is trying to say, either directly or indirectly. What does the author tell you? What can you guess about what he or she thinks or feels? What evidence from the text supports your assumptions?

Find two challenging texts by different authors on the same topic. Synthesize the main ideas and supporting details from each text. Think about what conclusions you can draw from both texts.

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