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Ch 5: Developing Reading Skills

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These self-paced lessons on developing reading skills can assist you with a class project, homework assignment, or test preparation. You can review how to navigate a reading passage, the 8 parts of a speech, and how to improve reading comprehension from a platform that works on your computer or mobile device.

Developing Reading Skills - Chapter Summary

This chapter is a quick and easy way to get up to speed on developing reading skills. Our expert instructors discuss how to find the main idea of a story, how to arrange ideas, and how the structure of writing impacts meaning. You can also use these lessons to review how to infer intended meaning, reading strategies use of visualization, and use of transitional words to navigate a reading passage. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between fact and opinion in a text
  • Recognize the difference between topic and argument in a reading passage
  • Explain use of prior knowledge and context cues to understand what you read
  • Find specific details in a reading selection
  • Identify implied relationships when reading
  • Provide an example of a logical argument
  • Compare close reading and big picture reading strategies
  • List the 8 parts of a speech

These lessons are taught using methods that make the material easy to understand. If you find yourself struggling with a topic, you can use the Help feature to submit questions to instructors. A brief quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge. A full written transcript accompanies each video just in case you are partial to text-based learning.

15 Lessons in Chapter 5: Developing Reading Skills
Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

1. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

2. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

3. 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.

Finding Specific Details in a Reading Selection

4. Finding Specific Details in a Reading Selection

Ever have trouble finding a specific detail in a reading selection? Often knowing the structure of the selection will help. This video lesson will give some strategies for finding specific details depending on selection structure.

Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

5. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for using transitional words or phrases to navigate a reading passage and find the main point. Then, you can practice yourself in the quiz.

What is the Main Idea of a Story?

6. What is the Main Idea of a Story?

Have you ever read a story and wondered to yourself, 'What's the main idea of this story?' In this lesson, we'll go over what the main idea of a story is, why it's important and how to find it.

How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

7. How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

Organizing ideas presented in a reading selection can seem like a tricky task. But, in this lesson, we'll discuss how to do this effectively and why it is an important skill to master.

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

8. 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.

How to Recognize Implied Relationships in a Reading Selection

9. How to Recognize Implied Relationships in a Reading Selection

Some relationships in a reading passage will be implied and not plainly stated. These may be very difficult to understand, so watch this lesson to see clear steps to take to recognize implied relationships.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

10. 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.

Logical Argument: Definition, Parts & Examples

11. Logical Argument: Definition, Parts & Examples

Logic, the process from which logical argument stems, is the basis upon which current theories of our world are built. In this lesson, we will explore the concepts relevant to a logical argument by examining the process through examples.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

12. 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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

13. 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.'

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

14. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

15. What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

If you can't tell the difference between a noun and a hole in the ground, that's because there isn't one! Come learn more about these and the seven other parts of speech and their functions in this lesson.

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