Ch 1: AP English: Reading Essays - Basics

About This Chapter

Watch reading essays video lessons and learn about intended audiences, contextual clues, peer editing, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP English course.

AP English: Reading Essays - Basics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Essays are a big part of scholarly life at any level, and in this chapter, we'll take a look at some of the basics. You'll learn how to read essays in order to gain full comprehension as well as how to figure out what words mean by the context in which they're used. Part of understanding an essay is recognizing the audience for which it was written, and these lessons will teach you how to determine the intended audience of an essay. Finally, you'll learn how to edit other writers' essays and learn from their mistakes. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of an essay you're reading
  • Determine word meaning through context
  • Explain the intended audience of an essay
  • Edit the essays of your classmates

VideoObjective
Get the Gist of an Essay and Improve Reading ComprehensionLearn four steps to help you understand the purpose or essence of an essay quickly and completely.
How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of WordsExplore how context affects meaning and learn some tricks for understanding unfamiliar words.
How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an EssayUnderstand how essays are directed toward certain audiences and what clues you can use to determine the intended audience.
Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other WritersLearn how to read an essay from the author's intended point of view and how to edit for content and mechanics.

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