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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What is the definition of inference and its relationship to meaning?
- What tools do readers use to construct meaning in literature?
- How does visualization work as a reading strategy?
- What are the major differences between connotation and denotation?
- How do mood and tone differ in literature?
- When are big picture or close reading strategies appropriate?
- How can text provide clues to literary meaning?
1. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning
In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.
2. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure
In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.
3. Reading Strategies Using Visualization
In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.
4. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words
With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.
5. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
6. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage
In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.
7. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.
8. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies
In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'
9. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.
10. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition
Plot is a literary term that refers to how narrative points are arranged to make a story understandable to the reader or observer. This lesson will look at the definition of plot, as well as examples of plot from well-known stories.
11. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: Summary, Theme & Analysis
'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' is one of Robert Frost's most famous poems, filled with the theme of nature and vivid imagery that readers of his work have come to love. In this lesson, we'll summarize the poem, discuss its major theme and several interpretations, and finish with a quiz to test your knowledge.
12. Prior Knowledge: Definition & Theory
Have you ever noticed that sometimes it is really easy for you to learn something new but some things are harder to learn? In this lesson, we'll define prior knowledge and why it can make learning new things easier. We'll also explore different strategies to activate prior knowledge.
13. Author Jim Harrison: Books & Poems
American author Jim Harrison has been writing poems, stories, and essays about the unmistakable grace of the outdoor world for 60 years. Take a look at what inspires him to write every single day.
14. Kiss of the Spider Woman: Book Summary & Analysis
Manuel Puig's 1976 novel ''Kiss of the Spider Woman'' combines dialogue and stream-of-consciousness writing to explore themes such as homosexuality, politics, and aesthetics.
15. Lamb to the Slaughter: Summary, Setting & Characters
From giant peaches to kids with telekinesis, Roald Dahl has brought us some fascinating characters and settings over the years. Visit some new and not-so-kid-friendly people and places in this lesson on Dahl's short story, 'Lamb to the Slaughter!'
16. Roald Dahl: Biography, Books & Poems
With tales of wondrous factories and vengeful youngsters, Roald Dahl's stories have sparked imaginations and controversies for generations. Find out more about the surprisingly dark life and work of this fascinating creative genius in this lesson!
17. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James: Summary & Analysis
This lesson provides a summary and analysis of Henry James' short story 'The Beast in the Jungle.' A core focus of this lesson is the story's emphasis on the themes of loneliness, relationships, the meaning of life, and life's inevitable regrets.
18. The Brothers Karamazov: Summary, Characters & Analysis
In The Brothers Karamazov Dostoevsky uses the conflicts of these complex characters to ask the big questions about life, meaning, God, and human nature. In this lesson, we will look at how the brothers and their interactions with their father hint at underlying issues around justice, family, and responsibility.
19. Semi-Barbaric: Definition & Examples
In his short story 'The Lady, or The Tiger?,' Frank Stockton uses the compound adjective semi-barbaric to describe the main characters. In this lesson, you will learn what this term means while exploring Stockton's examples of the term.
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- AP English - Essay Basics - Types of Essay: Homework Help
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- Writing Revision for AP English: Homework Help
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