Ch 1: Holt McDougal Literature Introductory Unit

About This Chapter

The Introductory Unit of this Holt McDougal Literature Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential literature lessons of reading strategies and analysis. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Introductory Unit textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in Holt McDougal Literature's Introductory Unit with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover topics on reading strategies that you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Types of literary genres
  • Using prior knowledge and context to construct meaning
  • Using visualization as a reading strategy
  • Ways to determine if an essay addresses its purpose
  • Ways to identify the correct audience for an essay

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6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Holt McDougal Literature Introductory Unit
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Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

1. 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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

2. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

3. 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.

How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose

4. How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose

Have you ever written an essay, but had no idea if you actually accomplished your goal? In this lesson, you will get several tips on how to know if you actually achieved the purpose of your essay.

Writing for Your Audience

5. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

Tragedy in Literature: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

6. Tragedy in Literature: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will focus on the literary tragedy, its characteristics, and how it moves the reader. You'll also examine some examples of tragedies, both ancient and modern.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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