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Ch 2: STAAR English III: Analyzing Texts

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This chapter prepares you for content you may encounter on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) English III test. The subject matter covered in these lessons deals with analyzing texts.

STAAR English III: Analyzing Texts - Chapter Summary

Our expert instructors aim to guide you through the lessons of this chapter so that you can brush up on analyzing texts. The lessons will help you answer STAAR English III test questions about the following topics:

  • How literary forms and genres affect meaning
  • Analyzing a literary passage
  • Drawing conclusions and making inductive and deductive inferences
  • Text-to-text connections between written works
  • Analyzing texts related by topic or theme

These video lessons have an average duration of only about 5-10 minutes. After finishing a lesson, you can take a practice quiz or just go on to the next lesson. You'll find helpful tools featured in the lessons, like the Timeline, which makes it easy to find specific material in a video. You can ask instructors any questions that you have using either the lessons' teacher tabs or your dashboard.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: STAAR English III: Analyzing Texts
Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

1. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

2. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

3. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.

Making Inductive & Deductive Inferences About a Text

4. Making Inductive & Deductive Inferences About a Text

Inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning are two often confused methods that are used to make inferences or assumptions about a text. Read on to find out the difference between these inferences and how they can be used to better understand a written work.

Making Text-to-Text Connections Between Written Works

5. Making Text-to-Text Connections Between Written Works

In this lesson, we will discuss connecting different writings to each other by learning about the authors, examining the literary elements, and reflecting on the writings.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

6. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.

Interpreting Works in Context

7. Interpreting Works in Context

In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.

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