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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- How can inference help readers understand an author's intended meaning?
- How can context and word structure help readers build meaning?
- What's the difference between connotation and denotation?
- How can visualization serve as a reading strategy?
- How can mood and tone affect a reading passage?
- What is the effect of structure on meaning?
- How does big picture reading differ from close reading?
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage
In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.
7. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.
8. 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.'
9. 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.
10. Utopia & Dystopia: Definition, Characteristics & Examples
In this lesson, we will learn about utopias and dystopias, two types of settings that often appear in speculative fiction or science fiction works. We will define each term, talk about their basic characteristics, and explore a few examples.
11. Methods of Characterization in Literature
In this lesson, we'll examine five methods of characterization, including physical description, action, inner thoughts, reactions, and speech. An excerpt from a brief narrative is provided to show how authors use the various methods of characterization to develop characters and create images for the audience.
12. The New Colossus: Summary & Analysis
You've probably heard the phrase 'huddled masses yearning to breathe free' a million times, but did you know it's from 'The New Colossus?' Check out this lesson, where you'll find a synopsis and analysis of this poem on the Statue of Liberty!
13. Sartor Resartus by Thomas Carlyle: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we'll review the major events and ideas in Thomas Carlyle's highly influential book 'Sartor Resartus.' Then we'll analyze some of its key philosophical and satirical elements.
14. The Chrysanthemums: Themes, Symbolism & Analysis
Many men of the modern era prefer strong women who know and seek what they want, but that hasn't always been the case. Learn about one strong woman's struggle for fulfillment in this lesson analyzing the themes and symbols in 'The Chrysanthemums.'
15. The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol: Summary & Analysis
Has an outfit ever made you feel like a new person? If so, you might have more in common with the protagonist of 'The Overcoat' than you may think. Explore this lesson to find a synopsis as well as an analysis of Nikolai Gogol's famous short story!
16. The Woman in White: Summary, Themes & Analysis
This lesson will summarize and discuss Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, one of the earliest mystery novels ever written. This lesson will also analyze the story and the thematic elements that Collins uses to construct the story.
17. War & Peace: Summary, Characters & Author
''War and Peace'', the literary masterpiece by Leo (Lev) Tolstoy, describes a series of events and characters during the Napoleonic invasion of Russia from 1805-1813. This summary introduces the main characters and simplifies the plot through the eyes of three of these characters.
18. Schindler's List: Summary & Characters
'Schindler's List' is a movie based on the life of factory owner Oskar Schindler and his work during World War II to save about 1,100 Jews from the concentration camps. This lesson describes the film's major characters and summarizes the plot.
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Other chapters within the AP English Literature: Help and Review course
- AP English - Literary Analysis Intro: Help and Review
- Influences on the English Language
- Rhetorical Devices in AP English: Help and Review
- Genres in Literature
- Types of Fiction
- Types of Nonfiction
- Analytical Writing Strategies
- Strategies for Reading Technical & Functional Texts
- AP English - Prose: Help and Review
- AP English - Types of Poetry: Help and Review
- Literature in Old English & Middle English
- Literature of the English Renaissance
- Romantic Prose in British Literature
- English Literature in the 17th & 18th Century
- The Romantic Poetry Movement in English Literature
- Literature of the Turn of the Century
- Modernist Authors in English Literature
- Nonfiction Selections in English Literature
- The Oral Tradition
- AP English - American Literary Periods and Movements: Help and Review
- AP English - Examples of American Literary Analysis: Help and Review
- AP English - English Literary Periods and Movements: Help and Review
- AP English - Examples of English Literary Analysis: Help and Review
- Grammar Review in AP English: Help and Review
- AP English - Essay Basics - Types of Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Writing Conventions for AP English: Help & Review
- Beginning the Writing Process in AP English: Help and Review
- Writing & Structuring an Essay in AP English: Help and Review
- Writing Revision and Skill Development in AP English: Help and Review
- Reading Comprehension for Test-Taking
- About the AP English Literature Test