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Organization and Ideas

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Integrate ideas within and across sentences and texts

SKILL 2: Comprehend generalizations about texts

SKILL 3: Analyze and compare concepts across texts

SKILL 4: Draw text-based conclusions beyond the main idea

SKILL 5: Determine the function of a selected portion of text within a longer text

 

  1. 1

    Integrate ideas within and across sentences and texts

    Example

    The passages below discuss the possibility of locating intelligent life on other planets. Passage 1 has been adapted from a 1999 book on the history of the universe. Passage 2 was excerpted from a 2000 book on the scientific quest for extraterrestrial life.

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    Which statement about the Fermi Paradox is supported by both passages?

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  2. 2

    Comprehend generalizations about texts

    Example

    The passages below discuss the possibility of locating intelligent life on other planets. Passage 1 has been adapted from a 1999 book on the history of the universe. Passage 2 was excerpted from a 2000 book on the scientific quest for extraterrestrial life.

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    In line 63, “radio communication” is cited as a

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  3. 3

    Analyze and compare concepts across texts

    Example

    The passages below discuss the possibility of locating intelligent life on other planets. Passage 1 has been adapted from a 1999 book on the history of the universe. Passage 2 was excerpted from a 2000 book on the scientific quest for extraterrestrial life.

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    Both the author of Passage 1 and Ben Zuckerman (line 73, Passage 2) imply that researchers seeking life on another planet should focus on which of the following?

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Skills needed to score in the next band

Find two challenging essays by different authors on the same topic. Consider how each author addresses the topic. How does each author treat the main idea? Do the authors use similar evidence and supporting ideas, or do they support their main ideas differently?

As you read an argumentative text, try to identify the parts of the author's argument. What is the thesis? What evidence does the author provide? Does the author cite others? How does he or she conclude the argument?

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