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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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the 12th Grade English: High School course
- 12th Grade English: Literary Text Analysis
- 12th Grade English: Literary Terms & Devices
- Short Story Elements: House of Usher & Story of an Hour
- Novel Exemplars: Canterbury Tales, Wuthering Heights & Frankenstein
- Drama Characteristics: Hamlet & The Glass Menagerie
- Understanding & Analyzing Poetry
- Nonfiction Text Analysis
- High School English: Media & Art Analysis
- High School English: Word Choice & Tone
- 12th Grade English: The Writing Process
- 12th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing
- 12th Grade English: Informative & Technical Writing
- High School English: Narrative Writing
- 12th Grade English: Research Skills
- High School English: Speaking & Listening Skills
- Teacher Resources for 12th Grade English
- Teaching Frankenstein: Guide & Resources
- Teaching Hamlet
- Teaching Beowulf