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Ch 1: Foundations of Reading

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Strengthen your knowledge of the foundations of reading by watching short video lessons and reading text brief lessons. Get reacquainted with literary motifs, foreshadowing and symbolism in literature, and then take short quizzes to test your understanding of the lessons.

Foundations of Reading - Chapter Summary

The comprehensive video lessons in this chapter are designed to help you better understand foundations of reading. Take advantage of expert instruction that gives you a good grasp of essays and how to improve reading comprehension. You can ensure you understand how to analyze a literary passage, infer intended meaning and define symbolism in literature.

The lessons also help you examine the meaning of foreshadowing and symbolism in literature, while exploring ways to interpret literary meaning. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be prepared to:

  • Describe an essay and provide ways to strengthen reading comprehension
  • Understand how to analyze a literary passage
  • Define literary motifs and interpret literary meaning
  • Provide the meaning and use of inference
  • Identify types of foreshadowing and symbolism in literature
  • Explain topic vs. argument in a reading passage
  • Share how to identify the organization in a reading selection

Subject matter experts present complete lessons with detailed definitions, examples and step-by-step guidance you can use to fully comprehend the foundations of reading. Full transcripts of the videos are available if you'd prefer a written version of the lessons. Each lesson features a self-assessment quiz that tests your comprehension of concepts covered. After taking a quiz, if you find that you've answered a question incorrectly, simply click the link next to the answer and it will take you to the related topic in the video lesson. You can also access a practice exam at the end of the chapter that will allow you to gauge your understanding of all the lessons in this chapter.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Foundations of Reading
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Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

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.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

2. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

3. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.

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

4. 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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

5. 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.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

6. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

7. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples

8. What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples

Symbolism is a literary element used in literature to help readers understand a literary work. Learn more about the definition of symbolism and the different types of symbolism used in literature, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

9. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.

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