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What's the BIG picture point of view of this sentence?

All NFL players deserve large salaries no matter what their level of performance is.

Author believes salary should be based on job title rather than individual performance.


Infer/explain the inference of the sentence from card 1.

Hint: why would it be ok for NFL players who perform poorly to get a high salary?


NFL would only choose high performing players and would fire those who didn't perform!



"Strong and confident tackling is the key to a successful defense, and no team member can ignore this most important part of football."

A) ambivalent

B) earnest

B) earnest

Hint: ambivalent means refusing to take a position on a topic




"If the goal of war against Iraq is to eliminate the threat of weapons of mass destruction, why aren't we at war with other countries that have them?"

A) curious

B) challenging


B) challenging

Hint: "If" and "why"? suggest challenge

A) curious is too mild



"Public education is the backbone of this country, yet communities are suffering budget cuts that make it almost impossible to maintain their schools."

A) wistful

B) indignant



B) indignant

Hint: wistful is sad, indignant seeks action for injustice




"So great was Aristotle's prestige that centuries later his authority in philosophical argument was rigidly accepted and, unfortunately, even in questions of natural science."

A) qualified admiration

B) complete admiration

A) Qualified Admiration

Hint: "rigidly" and "unfortunately" limit admiration from complete


Tone vocab:



sardonic: sarcastic

apathetic: indifferent


Tone vocab:



equivocal: uncertain

ironic: highlighting incongruity/unexpected events/facts


Tone vocab:



didactic: instructional

nonchalant: casual


Tone vocab:



unabashed: unapologetic

nostalgic: yearning for past


Tone vocab:



whimsical: funny/fanciful

wistful: longing



Sentence Reading Cards will teach the vocabulary of 200 words through sample sentences that teach sentence decoding. (2 decks of 100 each).

The goal is to improve context recognition and predicting meaning which is the 1st step in the sentence completion process.




The scratches in the door of the car were completely effaced by a compound that when rubbed over the area liquefied the existing paint then smoothed it over the surface.


Root Skill Builder will teach how to breakdown words by their stems and teach all prefixes and suffixes. This deck will also have a number of cards listing words that lead to false roots. (50 cards)




fatigue (tire out)

to not be able to be tired

tireless, unwearying, inexhaustible


This deck teaches how to properly process sentence completion questions.  It will present step by step cards to practice each portion of the process.  (30 cards)

Example:  What is the best process for confidently decoding all sentence completion questions?


The best process

1. Read sentence to identify overall context and keywords that give information about the words that should go in the blanks.

2. Predict the missing meaning, (reach up into SAT level language).

3.  Search for predicted word.

4. If you find it, select on answer sheet.

5. If not, eliminate words that definately do NOT fit the context.  (Do not guess as you eliminate.)

6.  If you get to 2 answers left, try one in the sentence.



Vocab builder is to be used as a verifier of word knowledge.  It simply gives a word and definition. (10 decks of 100 each)


(v.) to make void or invalid


This deck presents direct practice for SAT sentence completion.  (8 process reinforcement cards and 52 practice)


This deck identifies the types of reading passages used and the types of questions seen on the test. (50 cards)

Example:  What are the six kinds of questions you'll face on the SAT passage reading?

The questions are

1.  Main Idea (of whole passage)

2.  Details

3.  Vocabulary (in passage context)

4.  Inference

5.  Tone

6.  Structure and Purpose (general questions)


This deck teaches a direct reading strategy with side notetaking called "active reading" as the preferred strategy for our approach to SAT passage reading.  (30 cards)

Example:  Read the following sentence and underline words that indicate the writer's tone.

sacrifices, surrenders



This deck show students how to use alternate appraoches to passage based reading based on their study timeline, ability level, knowledge base, preferences for certain types of passages,  score goals and previous experience.  (30 cards)
Example: Is this passage literary or scientific and which one are you more likely to score highly on? Should I skip this passage until last or tackle it first?

This is a scientific passage. If your strength is in science, go for it first to gain points. If not, pick another passage and leave this until last.


This deck teaches alternate processes, roughly speaking we will be explaining Barrons or another recommended process so that students know the different strategies that can be used to handle passage based reading. (30 cards)

Example: Read each question and identify the vocab ion context and detail questions where the lines are given.

Go directly to the passage and pick out the key lines needed to answer these questions first. Move on to the braoder questions such as primary purpose and inference questions only after tackling the line specific questions.