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Ch 1: High School English: Reading Skills

About This Chapter

Students can review the fun video lessons in this chapter to develop strong reading skills. Lessons examine how to draw conclusions, find the central idea, cite textual evidence and more.

High School English: Reading Skills - Chapter Summary

In this chapter is a comprehensive overview of ways to develop reading skills. Entertaining lessons take an in-depth look at the steps involved in analyzing texts, understanding essays, summarizing stories and much more. Short quizzes and a chapter exam can test students' understanding of the lessons. Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Draw conclusions from texts
  • Cite evidence in order to support an analysis
  • Define theme and central idea and demonstrate how to find them in stories
  • Analyze two texts individually and synthesize their information
  • Read a story and write an objective summary
  • Identify and analyze the primary purposes of texts
  • Improve reading comprehension by getting the gist of a sentence, paragraph and essay

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: High School English: Reading Skills
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

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.

Citing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis

2. Citing Textual Evidence to Support Analysis

In this lesson, we're going to learn how to analyze a text and cite evidence to support an analysis. We'll also learn the difference between quotations, paraphrases, and summaries, and we'll talk about how to give credit where credit is due.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

3. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

4. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.

Writing an Objective Summary of a Story

5. Writing an Objective Summary of a Story

In this lesson, you'll learn exactly what teachers mean when they ask for an objective summary, and you'll learn how to write one as well. Finally, you can test your understanding with a short quiz.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

6. 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.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

7. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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