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- 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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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