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Ch 18: Analyzing Reading

About This Chapter

The Analyzing Reading chapter of this College English Composition Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the analysis of written works. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of how to analyze texts.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the ways to analyze a text will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn how to analyze texts. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the many methods of analyzing fiction, poetry and other written works
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn reading analysis methods
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra literature learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the analyzing reading chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the analyzing reading chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question related to the analysis of written works. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an analyzing reading unit of a standard college English composition course. Topics covered include:

  • Evaluation of rhetorical devices in written works
  • Biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works
  • Methods for interpreting informational text
  • Recognition of gaps and inconsistencies in a text
  • Use of context clues and prior meaning to construct meaning
  • Points of view in fiction
  • Literary forms and genres

13 Lessons in Chapter 18: Analyzing Reading
Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

1. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.

Interpreting Works in Context

2. Interpreting Works in Context

In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.

Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

3. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

4. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

5. 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 Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

6. How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize gaps and inconsistencies in nonfiction and fiction texts. We will pay special attention to gaps in arguments and informational texts.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

7. 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.

How to Recognize Attitude Expressed by the Author Towards a Subject

8. How to Recognize Attitude Expressed by the Author Towards a Subject

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize an author's attitude toward his or her subject. We will pay close attention to the difference between formal, objective writing, and informal, subjective writing.

Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

9. Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

Discover the importance of using structural analysis to understand unfamiliar words. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to divide unknown words into known pieces to comprehend their overall meanings.

How to Recognize Statements that Strengthen or Weaken Arguments

10. How to Recognize Statements that Strengthen or Weaken Arguments

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize statements that strengthen or weaken arguments. We will pay special attention to identifying strong and weak claims, reasons, and evidence.

How to Identify Relationships Between General & Specific Ideas

11. How to Identify Relationships Between General & Specific Ideas

In this lesson, we will learn how to tell the difference between general and specific ideas. We will also explore the relationships between these ideas and practice identifying the ideas and their relationships.

Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words

12. Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words

Syntax can be a helpful tool in determining the meaning of unknown words. This lesson will explain what syntax is and how it can be used to break the code of unknown vocabulary.

Form & Meaning in Poetry

13. Form & Meaning in Poetry

In this lesson, we will explore how form and content combine to create meaning in poetry. Along the way, we will examine the components of poetic form and content and define poetic meaning.

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