Ch 1: Analyzing & Interpreting Literature

About This Chapter

Watch our informative videos to quickly learn how to analyze and interpret literary passages. The lessons in this chapter review topics in inferences, drawing conclusions and interpreting meanings.

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature - Chapter Summary

The online lessons and quizzes in this chapter cover the essentials of literary analysis and interpretation. Instructors teach you how to make inferences in fiction, use supporting details to explain a main point and interpret generalizations from reading passages. You'll examine close and big picture reading strategies and learn how to get the gist of an essay and interpret the different ways that ideas and events develop and interact in literature. The videos include topics related to:

  • Inferring intended meanings
  • Summarizing and restating ideas
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Steps to analyze a literary passage
  • Improving reading comprehension
  • Visualization
  • Reading strategies

The video lessons in this chapter are taught by an experienced instructor who explains key literary topics through entertaining graphics and examples. Multiple-choice quizzes and a chapter test are also available to help you figure out which areas could use some extra study time. Use the timelines that come with each video to review main points or go back and watch something you missed.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Analyzing & Interpreting Literature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

1. 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.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

2. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

3. 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.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

4. 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 Draw Conclusions from a Passage

5. How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage

You might be able to understand everything the author says in a passage, but can you figure out what the author ISN'T saying? Try your hand at drawing conclusions - but not jumping to conclusions - in this video lesson.

How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

8. 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.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

9. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

10. 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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

11. 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.'

How Structure Affects the Style of a Text

12. How Structure Affects the Style of a Text

In this lesson, we're going to explore the ways in which a text's structure affects its style. Focusing on nonfiction texts, we'll identify several common styles and see how they fit together with several common structures.

Linear vs. Nonlinear Narratives: Definition & Structure

13. Linear vs. Nonlinear Narratives: Definition & Structure

In this lesson, you'll learn the difference between linear and nonlinear narratives. We'll explore how this relates to plot structure and examine some narrative techniques used by authors in constructing narratives.

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