About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP English Language Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn how to read essays. There is no faster or easier way to learn essay reading skills. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn to determine word meanings through context.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an AP English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a basic essay reading unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Basic Essay Reading Unit Objectives:
- Discover tips for editing the essays of other writers.
- Learn how to find the most appropriate readers for an essay.
- Explore ways of determining an essay's main ideas, theories and points.
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: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Rhetorical Devices - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Beginning the Writing Process - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Writing & Structuring an Essay - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Writing Revision & Skill Development - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Conventions in Essay Writing - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Grammar Review - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Using Source Materials - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum