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Identifying Key Ideas & Details in Texts - Chapter Summary
In this chapter are engaging lessons you can study any time to strengthen your comprehension of ways to identify key ideas and details in texts. Our instructors closely examine how to find the theme or central idea in a text, analyze the purpose of a text, write an objective summary of a story, and explain a main point through supporting details. After completing this chapter, you will feel confident in your ability to:
- Define and explain explicit meaning
- Infer intended meaning
- Draw conclusions from a reading selection
- Discuss textual evidence and interpret an informational text
- Describe how fiction draws on themes from other works
- Identify biases, stereotypes and assumptions in written works
- Develop specific characters, ideas and events in texts
Feel free to study this chapter your way by choosing the lessons you want to review and navigating them in your sequence of choice. If you have questions about topics covered in the lessons, don't hesitate to submit them to our subject-matter experts. Our multiple-choice quizzes and practice exam make it easy to find out how well you comprehend key concepts. Around-the-clock mobile access ensures you're able to study when it's most convenient via your smartphone or tablet.
1. Explicit Meaning: Definition, Explanation & Practice
In this lesson, we explore what it means to be explicit. We illustrate this with real-world examples before diving into a few example sentences for practice.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text
In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.
5. 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.
6. How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works
How do classic characters like Cinderella translate for our times? In this lesson, we'll discuss theme in literature, and you'll read about an example of how authors sometimes draw on themes from already existing works to appeal to contemporary audiences.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.
10. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works
In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.
11. Developing Specific Ideas, Characters & Events in a Text
Writers use several tools to develop ideas within their texts. Those tools are how the elements of the text interact with each other, and even with readers. However, the tools a writer uses depends on the genre and purpose of their text.
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