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AP English: Interpreting Literature - Chapter Summary and Lesson Objectives
When you first start reading academically, the text can seem like a mystery you'll never crack. In this chapter, we'll break down the basics of interpreting literature, from reading strategies to inferring meaning. The instructors will show you how to figure out the definitions of strange words, how to visualize what you're reading, and how to understand the overall points of a piece. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Find meaning in a literary passage
- Understand unknown words through context clues
- Identify tone and mood in a passage
- Perform close reading and big picture analysis
|What Is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning||Understand the basis for reading literature through inference in various texts.|
|Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure||See how multiple observations can help you understand the author's meaning.|
|Reading Strategies Using Visualization||Learn about this tool, which can aid you in creating meaning and remembering what you've read.|
|How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words||Explore different ways to figure out definitions of unknown words in a sentence or text.|
|What Is Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples||Examine the differences and interactions between these two important literary reading concepts.|
|Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage||Understand how to identify the attitude and emotional setting of a text.|
|What Is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?||Take a look at how different structures can change the way we read certain pieces.|
|Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies||Learn how to read on the sentence level and for major themes in this video.|
|Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation||Put together all the strategies from the chapter to analyze passages as a whole.|
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. Feminine Rhyme: Definition & Examples
If you've ever heard 'Yankee Doodle' or 'The Star Spangled Banner' you've been exposed to feminine rhyme. In this lesson, you'll learn how to define this literary term; you'll see some famous examples, and you'll test your know-how with a short quiz.
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Other chapters within the AP English Literature: Exam Prep course
- AP English: Literary Analysis Intro
- AP English: Rhetorical Devices
- AP English: Poetry
- AP English: Types of Poetry
- AP English: Prose
- AP English: Prose Fiction
- AP English: American Literary Periods and Movements
- AP English: Examples of American Literary Analysis
- AP English: English Literary Periods and Movements
- AP English: Examples of English Literary Analysis
- AP English: Grammar Review
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- AP English - Essay Basics: Conventions in Essay Writing
- AP English: Beginning the Writing Process
- AP English: Writing & Structuring an Essay
- AP English: Writing Revision and Skill Development