Let's Review Regents: English 2020

Let's Review Regents: English 2020

by Carol Chaitkin M.S.


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Barron's Let's Review Regents: English 2020 gives students the step-by-step review and practice they need to prepare for the Regents exam. This updated edition is an ideal companion to high school textbooks and covers all English topics prescribed by the New York State Board of Regents.

This edition features:
  • One actual full-length New York State Regents exam
  • Instructions on reading prose fiction, prose nonfiction, and poetry for understanding
  • Review of the fundamentals of essay writing and advises on writing for the Regents exam
  • Review of grammar, vocabulary, and spelling

Looking for additional review? Check out Barron’s Regents English Power Pack 2020 two-volume set, which includes Let’s Review Regents: English 2020 in addition to the Regents Exams and Answers: English 2020 book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506253800
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: Barron's Regents NY
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 463,765
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

About the Publisher
In the 1930s, Manuel H. Barron opened a bookstore in Brooklyn, New York. 

People from the community asked Mr. Barron about books that might be available to help their children study for the New York State Regents exams. After realizing there wasn't anything available, Mr. Barron created his own study guides.

80 years later, Barron's has helped millions of people prepare for their next step.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

A Guide to the New York State Standards in Literacy (ELA) 1

Terms to Help You Understand the State Standards 2

The Regents ELA (Common Core) Exam 3

Ways to Use Let's Review: English 4

Chapter 1 Reading Comprehension 5

Close Reading 5

Questions to Keep in Mind As You Read 6

Reading Comprehenshion Passages and Questions for Review 7

Chapter 2 Writing from Sources 23

Step 1 Reading for Information and Understanding 23

Looking at the Texts 30

Step 2 Composing a Source-based Argument 31

Planning the Essay 32

Looking at a Variety of Effective Claims 32

Chapter 3 Reading and Writing to Analyze Text 35

Text Analysis: Exposition 35

Sample Text and Expository Response 35

Additional Texts for Analysis and Review 38

Chapter 4 Reading Prose 45

What Writers Do: A List of Useful Terms 45

Reading Fiction 46

Reading Nonfiction 53

A Glossary of Literary Terms and Techniques 66

Chapter 5 Reading Poetry 75

Introduction 75

Structure and Language in Poetry 78

Theme in Poetry 83

Tone 86

Writing About Poetry/Explication 86

Poetry on Examinations 87

A Handful of Poems for Further Reading 87

A Glossary of Poetic Terms and Techniques 94

Chapter 6 Writing about Literature: A General Review 101

Topics for Literary Essays 101

Topic and Focus 102

Selection of Significant Details 102

Developing the Topic 102

Looking at Key Terms in Literature Questions 104

Using Fluent and Precise Language 104

Choosing Your Own Topic: Representative Literary Subjects and Themes 105

Audience and Literature Essays 108

A Note on Conclusions 108

Chapter 7 Writing on Demand 109

Writing to Inform or Persuade 109

Writing from a Prompt 115

Evaluating Composition 118

Preparing for Essay Exams 119

Writing on Timed Examinations 119

Using Synonymies to Enhance Your Writing 121

A Glossary of Terms for Writing 124

Chapter 8 Vocabulary 127

Academic Language 128

Unfamiliar and Archaic Language 133

Studying New Words 135

Roots and Prefixes from Latin and Greek 136

A Note on Synonyms and Using a Thesaurus 142

Organizing Vocabulary Study 143

Vocabulary for Study 149

Chapter 9 Grammar and Usage for the Careful Writer: A Guide to Standard Written English 161

Reviewing the Fundamentals 161

Avoiding Common Errors in Writing 165

Expressions Often Confused, Misused, and Overused 174

Chapter 10 Punctuation: Guidelines and Reminders 183

End Punctuation 183

Internal Punctuation 187

Titles of Works of Literature 196

A Final Note on Punctuation 196

Chapter 11 Spelling 197

Spelling on Writing Exams 197

Spelling Rules and Patterns 197

Words Commonly Confused 206

Words Commonly Misspelled 207

Recommended Reading 215

Novels 215

Autobiography, Essays, and Other Nonfiction 217

Poetry 218

Short Stories 220

Plays 220

Appendices: The New York State Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts 223

Regents Ela (Common Core) Examinations

June 2019 Examination 233

Index 261

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