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inference (conclusion) asks for an answer that is not explicit in the text, but can be decided based on other text clues
story elements asks for an understanding of plot and other elements used in stories (conflict, characters, etc.)
poetry elements asks for an understanding of poetry structure and figurative language only used in poems
detail asks for details from text that show comprehension of text
context clues asks for meaning of words based on other words in the text or question
vocabulary asks for meaning of words or requires an understanding of meaning to answer
central idea (main idea) asks for what a passage or section is mainly about or focused on
argument/ support asks for specific text to back up what an author is arguing/ saying
author's craft asks for an understanding of how the author chose to write or build the piece (text structure, tone, word choice, etc.)
author's purpose asks questions about why the author writes about a specific topic or why s/he makes other content choices in the writing
cause/ effect asks for an understanding of a chain of events and what happens to cause other things or what made something happen
characterization asks for an understanding of how an author creates a character (speech, thoughts, effect on other characters, actions, looks/ appearance)
figurative language asks for an understanding of language elements that have figurative meanings beyond their literal meanings or definitions
summary asks for comprehension through a statement of what the entire piece is about in a few words or sentences
text features asks about the effect of features used in the text (graphics, italics, bullets, ellipses, etc)
theme asks for the message the reader is supposed to take away from the text
text evidence asks for specific text to back up another answer or what the author is saying
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