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Ch 2: AP English - Interpreting Literature: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Interpreting Literature chapter of this AP English Literature Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning how to interpret literature. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach techniques for interpreting literature that are required in a typical AP English literature course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other AP English literature work.
  • Identify the Interpreting Literature concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our AP English literature tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn techniques for interpreting literature and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding tone and mood in a reading passage, connotation and denotation, or any other Interpreting Literature topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their English learning
  • Prefer learning English visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their AP English Interpreting Literature unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in AP English literature
  • Don't have access to their English teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make it simple and fun to learn to interpret literature.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live English tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn to interpret literature on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to make inferences in literature.
  • Find out how to use context clues, prior knowledge and word structure to construct meaning in literature.
  • Develop reading strategies using visualization.
  • Discover how to use context to determine the meaning of words.
  • Differentiate between connotation and denotation.
  • Explore tone and mood in literary passages.
  • Define the role of structure in literature.
  • Compare and contrast close reading and big picture reading strategies.
  • Learn to use text to identify key elements that can guide your interpretation of literature

15 Lessons in Chapter 2: AP English - Interpreting Literature: Tutoring Solution
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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

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.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

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.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

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.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

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.'

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

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.

John Polidori's The Vampyre: Summary  & Analysis

10. John Polidori's The Vampyre: Summary & Analysis

In John Polidori's ''The Vampyre,'' two men decide to travel together in Europe. On their journey, one of the men notices that his companion has troubling habits-- including one which is deadly.

Sarcasm in Literature: Example & Explanation

11. Sarcasm in Literature: Example & Explanation

In this lesson, we will define sarcasm. We will then look at sarcasm in literature, including why an author would use sarcasm, the history of it in literature, and then some of the examples in writings.

Piers Plowman: Summary & Analysis

12. Piers Plowman: Summary & Analysis

'The Vision of Piers Plowman' is one of the most popular pieces of 14th century English literature. It tells the story of a poor countryman in England in a simple but powerful way. Learn more about the poem and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Psychological Realism in Literature: Definition & Overview

13. Psychological Realism in Literature: Definition & Overview

How would you feel at the loss of a friend, or what would you think about an anonymous gift? Find out why your answers to such questions might be so interesting to writers in this lesson with a definition and some examples of psychological realism.

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James: Summary, Characters, Themes & Analysis

14. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James: Summary, Characters, Themes & Analysis

In this lesson we discuss Henry James's novel ''The Portrait of a Lady.'' After a brief discussion of the plot, the characters, and several of the novel's main themes, we end with a short quiz to test our knowledge.

What is the Main Idea of a Story?

15. What is the Main Idea of a Story?

Have you ever read a story and wondered to yourself, 'What's the main idea of this story?' In this lesson, we'll go over what the main idea of a story is, why it's important and how to find it.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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