These instructions can always be accessed by clicking the blue question mark icon in the top right of your task interface.
Task Goal: To determine how the argument in bolded text is relevant to the rest of the news article.
Do your best! The first few tasks might take you 5 minutes or more. But you'll soon be doing these tasks in 2 minutes or less.
And don't stress! Sometimes it is hard to choose between potential answer choices, and difficult to know for certain if you are correct. But other people are also completing these same tasks, and the PE system will find the consensus among your best efforts. (Although PE tasks appear like the quizzes and tests we took in school, no one is grading you or judging you. Your best effort is more than good enough.)
Delete a highlight: You can remove any mistaken highlight by clicking on it and then pressing the 'Backspace' or 'Delete' key on your keyboard.
Select different highlighters by clicking on their colored circles (inkwells) or corresponding answer choices.
Adjust case flags by clicking on the +/- buttons next to the case flag number or by pressing any number key on your keyboard.
If you are having trouble understanding what the questions are asking or what each answer choice means, click on the blue question mark next to the corresponding text, and a help box will appear.
Feel free to overlap highlights. The interface will stack them. Note: If you see multiple colored underlines, you have stacked (overlapping) highlights. You can delete the highlights and re-highlight if needed.
If you need to see more of the document, you can do so easily. Notice the slider along the bottom of the text display pane. If you click, hold, and drag the slider button all the way to the right, you will be able to see the entire document. If you drag it back the left, you will only see the bold-faced text.
Zoom in/out: If you're having trouble reading the text, zoom in. If you can't see the full instructions pane below, zoom out. Zoom in or out using the 'View' menu of your Google Chrome web browser. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to zoom in or out. On a Mac, zoom in by holding the 'command' key and pressing the '+' key. Zoom out by holding the 'command' key and pressing the '-' key. On a PC, zoom in by holding the 'Ctrl' key and pressing the '+' key. Zoom out by holding the 'Ctrl' key and pressing the '-' key.
For precision highlighting: Hold the 'Alt' key on Windows or the 'Options' key on Mac while highlighting. You'll notice more accurate control of word/character boundaries.
If you have any questions about the interface, watch our Interface Demo here.
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