About This Chapter
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
|Get the Gist of an Essay and Improve Reading Comprehension||Learn 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 Words||Explore how context affects meaning and learn some tricks for understanding unfamiliar words.|
|How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay||Understand 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 Writers||Learn how to read an essay from the author's intended point of view and how to edit for content and mechanics.|
1. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension
In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.
2. 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.
3. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay
Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.
4. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers
Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.
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Other chapters within the AP English Language: Exam Prep course
- AP English: Prose Nonfiction
- AP English: Rhetorical Devices
- AP English: Beginning the Writing Process
- AP English: Writing & Structuring an Essay
- AP English: Writing Revision and Skill Development
- AP English - Essay Basics: Conventions in Essay Writing
- AP English: Grammar Review
- AP English: Using Source Materials