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Ch 6: Analyzing & Comprehending Text

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In order to fully understand text analysis and comprehension for an upcoming exam, check out this engaging chapter. We've included a series of lessons that you can view on any smartphone, tablet or computer at your convenience.

Analyzing & Comprehending Text - Chapter Summary

Preparing for an exam is a snap using this chapter on comprehending and analyzing text. You'll watch short videos on finding specific details in a reading selection, analyzing sequence of events and the literary devices used in children's literature. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain how to find the central idea or theme of a text
  • Define the concept of a summary
  • Discuss how to infer intended meaning
  • Detail the steps needed to analyze plot
  • Analyze characters and settings in literature
  • Use textual evidence to support analyses and interpret informational texts
  • Connect ideas in an informational text

We've made it fun and easy to build your confidence for an exam with these expertly taught lessons. Each lesson is accompanied by a short self-assessment quiz to ensure that you remember what you've studied. Help from an expert is available through the Dashboard if you need it.

13 Lessons in Chapter 6: Analyzing & Comprehending Text
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Finding Specific Details in a Reading Selection

1. 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.

Literary Devices in Children's Literature

2. Literary Devices in Children's Literature

In this lesson, we will discuss literary devices in children's literature, such as character, theme, setting, and illustration, and how they can be used to gain and keep a child's interest.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

3. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

4. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

5. 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 Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

6. How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

In this lesson, we will discuss how to analyze a plot in three basic steps. We will take these three steps and break them down to understand how to analyze a plot by analyzing a fable.

How to Analyze Characters in Literature: Explanation and Examples

7. How to Analyze Characters in Literature: Explanation and Examples

In this lesson, we will learn to analyze characters in literature by comprehending, interpreting and drawing conclusions about each character. We will look at a story to practice analyzing characters.

How to Analyze Settings in Literature: Explanation and Examples

8. How to Analyze Settings in Literature: Explanation and Examples

In this lesson, we will learn what a setting is, why it is important and how to analyze it. The setting can be extremely important in literature and helps develop characters, the plot and the theme.

Citing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis

9. Citing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis

In this lesson, we're going to learn how to analyze a text and cite evidence to support an analysis. We'll also learn the difference between quotations, paraphrases, and summaries, and we'll talk about how to give credit where credit is due.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

10. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

11. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.

How to Connect Ideas in an Informational Text

12. How to Connect Ideas in an Informational Text

Informational texts are factual, nonfiction writings. In order for us to learn new information, we should be able to find and connect the ideas in an informational text, and this lesson will introduce the key features that organize these ideas.

Analyzing Sequence of Events in an Informational Text

13. Analyzing Sequence of Events in an Informational Text

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the different types of sequencing of events from non-fiction, informational text. You will learn how to use context clues and make inferences about the ordering of events in a text.

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