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Ch 1: Reading and Understanding Essays in Literature: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Reading and Understanding Essays in Literature chapter of this SAT Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master reading and understanding essays. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of reading and understanding essays in literature for the SAT.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering SAT subject test in literature material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn literature concepts for the SAT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding strategies for reading and understanding essays in literature
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn how to read and understand essays in literature for the SAT
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra literature learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Reading and Understanding Essays in Literature chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Reading and Understanding Essays in Literature chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about reading and understanding essays in literature. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a reading and understanding essays in literature unit of a standard SAT subject test in literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Getting the gist of an essay
  • Improving reading comprehension
  • Using context to determine the meaning of words
  • Determining the best audience for an essay
  • Editing essays by other writers

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Reading and Understanding Essays in Literature: Help and Review
Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

1. 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.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

2. 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.

How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

3. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.

Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

4. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.

Famous Australian Fairy Tales

5. Famous Australian Fairy Tales

Australian fairy tales reflect the Aboriginal culture they came from, and were preserved by famous folklorists, including Andrew Lang. In this lesson, you will be introduced to only a handful of these famous fairy tales.

How the Kangaroo Got Her Pouch: Story & Legend

6. How the Kangaroo Got Her Pouch: Story & Legend

In this lesson we cover the legend of ''How the Kangaroo Got Her Pouch'' and how the legend was a part of the oral tradition in Australia. Read this summary to learn the legend of the kangaroo's pouch.

Dreamtime Aboriginal Stories: Culture & Creation

7. Dreamtime Aboriginal Stories: Culture & Creation

In this lesson, we will examine how the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories shape the culture of indigenous Australians. Further, we will summarize the creation stories.

Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories About the Land

8. Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories About the Land

In this lesson, we will examine some of the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories that explain land formations. Dreamtime stories explain how the ancestral spirits, people, and land come together to explain the laws of life.

The Rainbow Serpent in Aboriginal Mythology: Story & Myth

9. The Rainbow Serpent in Aboriginal Mythology: Story & Myth

Threaded into Australian culture is a rainbow serpent believed to be responsible for giving life and issuing punishment. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this mythical creature and one of the stories it inspired.

Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories About the Sun & Moon

10. Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories About the Sun & Moon

Dreamtime stories have been passed down by the Aboriginal people for generations to explain natural phenomenon. In this lesson, we will summarize some of the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories that explain the origins of the sun and the moon.

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