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Analyzing & Interpreting a Passage - Chapter Summary
This chapter will vastly improve your ability to read and respond to short and longer nonfiction passages. After these lessons, you will be able to identify and convey key arguments and supporting structures in a passage efficiently. Our lessons are designed to improve your mastery of analysis and interpretation through lessons that cover:
- Finding the main ideas of passages quickly and efficiently
- Interpreting how ideas are formed in context
- Identifying the meaning of words and phrases in context
- Finding purpose in and draw conclusions from passages
- Comparing and contrasting texts with similar and opposing ideas
- How tone and perspective are used as persuasive tools in building an argument
- Digesting information in order to restate and summarize critical information in your own words
Each lesson is accompanied by a self-check assessment to help you review your analysis and interpretation abilities. In addition to these self-assessment quizzes, the end-of-chapter exam will test your retention of everything you've learned from the entire chapter.
1. How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage
Do you know what a generalization is? Do you know how to spot a misleading generalization when you see one, or make generalizations about different aspects of a passage? Watch this video lesson to gain or improve skills.
2. How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer
Authors never pick the words in their works by accident. In this lesson, we'll explore the ways that authors use words and see how this impacts our understanding of their work.
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.
4. Interpreting Data & Statistics in a Passage
In this lesson, you're going to learn that data and statistics can be very deceiving unless you know how to interpret them. One example of deception is that of an election, and another involves a deadly pill.
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- How to Revise an Essay: Help and Review
- Using Source Materials: Help and Review
- Parts of an Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Writing: Help and Review
- Reading and Understanding Essays: Help and Review
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- Teaching Writing
- Teaching Materials & Resources
- Prose Nonfiction
- Prose Fiction
- Nonfiction and Informational Text Skills Practice
- Teaching Literature
- Reading Basics
- Analyzing Reading
- Analyzing Key Ideas of Nonfiction & Informational Text
- Teaching Reading
- Speaking Skills