Ch 36: ACT Reading - Understanding Passages: Tutoring Solution

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The Reading - Understanding Passages chapter of this ACT Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning how to understand passages. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach all of the information involving understanding passages required for the ACT exam.

How it works:

  • Begin your ACT review or other reading preparation work.
  • Identify the understanding passages concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

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This chapter of our ACT prep tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn how to understand passages and earn acceptable scores. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding use of context, literary passage analysis, visualization or any other comprehension topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their ACT preparation
  • Prefer learning ACT topics visually
  • Find themselves struggling with the passages understanding portion of the review
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in their ACT preparation
  • Don't have access to ACT review materials

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  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives:

  • Review how to use context to determine the meaning of words.
  • Get step-by-step instructions on how to analyze a literary passage.
  • Learn to infer intended meaning.
  • Find out how to use context clues, prior knowledge and word structure to help you understand what you're reading.
  • Explore reading strategies using visualization.
  • Learn how writers use connotation and denotation to add meaning to their writing.
  • Review tone and mood, and discover how to identify them in writing.
  • Examine structure in writing and how it affects meaning.
  • Find out how to use close and big picture reading strategies.
  • Learn to identify and interpret literary meaning in writing.

10 Lessons in Chapter 36: ACT Reading - Understanding Passages: Tutoring Solution
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How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. 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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

2. 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.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

3. 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

4. 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

5. 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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

6. 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

7. 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?

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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

9. 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

10. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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