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Analyzing a Reading Passage's Meaning - Chapter Summary
In these lessons on analyzing the meaning of a reading passage, you will learn about root words and how to commit words to meaning. There are also examples of how paraphrasing can be used. By the end of the chapter, you should be positioned to:
- Break down words to understand their meaning
- Use context to figure out the meaning of words
- Refine the meaning of a term
- Distinguish between a word's connotation and denotation
- Find cause and effect in a reading selection
- Use prior knowledge and context clues to understand what you read
- Explain the benefits of paraphrasing
- Restate an idea
These flexible online lessons are convenient and taught by subject-matter experts. A brief quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge of topics covered. You can also print the lesson quizzes and use them as worksheets.
1. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words
In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new 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.
3. Discussing and Refining the Meaning of a Term
In this lesson we explore a few methods in how to discover and refine the meaning of a term, through using the dictionary and our critical thinking skills, and how best to commit it to memory.
4. 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.
5. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection
Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.
6. 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.
7. How to Paraphrase: Definition & Examples
Find out what it means to paraphrase, what the benefits are, and how paraphrasing is different from other ways to cite sources. You will also see examples of the ways paraphrasing can be used.
8. How to Restate an Idea and Summarize
Understanding how to restate an idea and summarize the information you have read is an important reading skill. In this lesson, you'll learn how to rephrase the main points of an essay, argument, or reading passage into a clear summary.
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