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SAT Study Strategy - Critical Reading

1~3. Three Key Questions and Three Kinds of Prose

 

Purpose

Central Idea

General Structure

Narratives

(Movie)

to tell a story

(describe)

Conflict

1.Conflict introduced

2.Conflict developed

3.Conflict resolved

Arguments

(Battle)

to persuade

(presents author's

subjective opinion)

Theses

(pros / cons)

1.State thesis

2.Support thesis

3.Conclude

Analysis

(Schematic Diagram)

to analyze a concept

(inform objective facts)

Objective response to a question

1.Introduce concept

2.Examine concept

3.Conclude

4. Review after each paragraph

   1) Main idea of the passage

   2) Relation to previous paragraph

   3) The paragraph's contribution to the whole

 

5. Questions

Q. Type

What is Asks

How to Answer

1

Purpose

WHY the author wrote

Purpose of the WHOLE passage

2

Central Idea

Conflict, Thesis, Question

Answer as you read

3

Secondary Idea

Points of individual paragraph

Supporting idea

4

Inference

DRAW Conclusion

LOGICAL implication

5

Tone

Author's ATTITUDE

Find the KEY word

6

Word in Context

Meaning

Replace with your own word

7

Structure/Device

Overall structure / Certain Device

Answer as you read

Analysis

examination of parts

Metaphor

saying one thing is another

Anecdote

an illustrative story

Simile

comparison using like / as

Counterexample