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Fundamentals of Reading Comprehension - Chapter Summary
This chapter dissects the literary elements that contribute to greater reading comprehension, with lessons exploring what to be mindful of when trying to get the most out of a text. You'll learn about topics such as interpreting works in context, the implied main idea, drawing inferences in fiction, and much more. By the time you finish the chapter, you'll have improved your understanding of all of the following:
- Forming meaning through context clues, prior knowledge and word structure
- Differentiating between fact, persuasion and informed opinion
- Comprehending tone and mood
- Understanding and analyzing an author's purpose
- Restating and summarizing an idea
- Getting the main point of an essay
The practice quizzes attached to each of these lessons make for a quick way to double-check your understanding step-by-step. These quizzes can be taken however many times you like and can also be printed in worksheet form for offline use. At the end of the chapter you'll have the chance to evaluate yourself in a more overall fashion by means of a practice final exam.
1. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection
When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.
2. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples
What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!
3. 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.
4. Interpreting Works in Context
In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.
5. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction
How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.
6. 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.
7. Drawing Inferences in Fiction
In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.
8. 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.
9. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples
This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.
10. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.
11. How to Restate an Idea and Summarize
Understanding how to restate an idea and summarize the information you have read is an important reading skill. In this lesson, you'll learn how to rephrase the main points of an essay, argument, or reading passage into a clear summary.
12. 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.
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