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Ch 2: AP English: Interpreting Literature

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Watch online video lessons about literary interpretation and learn about inference, close reading, context clues, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP English course.

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

VideoObjective
What Is Inference? - How to Infer Intended MeaningUnderstand the basis for reading literature through inference in various texts.
Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word StructureSee how multiple observations can help you understand the author's meaning.
Reading Strategies Using VisualizationLearn 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 WordsExplore different ways to figure out definitions of unknown words in a sentence or text.
What Is Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & ExamplesExamine the differences and interactions between these two important literary reading concepts.
Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading PassageUnderstand 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 StrategiesLearn how to read on the sentence level and for major themes in this video.
Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your InterpretationPut together all the strategies from the chapter to analyze passages as a whole.

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: AP English: Interpreting Literature
What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

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.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

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.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

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.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

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.'

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

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.

Feminine Rhyme: Definition & Examples

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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