About This Chapter
Improving Reading Comprehension - Chapter Summary
Lessons in this chapter can help you re-examine the visualization and big picture reading strategies used to understand a text's overall message as well as techniques for determining the meanings of unfamiliar words and deciphering their connotations.
You'll also take another look at how these reading comprehension and vocabulary skills can be used to explore an author's intended meaning or interpret tone and mood. Additional lessons cover methods for analyzing a text's structure and show you how to assess the reasonableness of a given literary interpretation. Chapter topics include:
- Inferring meaning
- Visualization, close and big picture reading strategies
- Word connotation and denotation
- Determining meaning through context clues and word structure
- Tone and mood
- Text structure
This chapter's videos, transcripts and multiple-choice quizzes offer you an entertaining alternative to traditional text-based materials. These resources can go with you on your mobile device and be accessed whenever it's convenient for you.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
5. 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.
6. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.
7. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies
In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'
8. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.
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