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Interpretation & Analysis in Reading - Chapter Summary
Explore the use of context clues, word structure and prior knowledge for the construction of meaning. Practice restating ideas, summarizing, applying ideas, comparing, contrasting and drawing conclusions. When you've completed all of the lessons in this chapter, you should have a clear understanding of the following:
- Explaining main points through supporting details
- Restating ideas and summarizing
- Applying ideas from passages
- Determining cause and effect in your reading
- Interpreting generalizations and writers' word choices
- Using context clues to aid understanding
- Understanding mood, tone and point-of-view
- Using transitions to determine text structure
With the help of experienced instructors, you can get a handle on all of these important reading comprehension concepts. Take the quick quizzes and chapter test to put your mind at ease. If you do find anything that requires more clarification, use the handy video tags to find just the right spots in the presentations.
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.
2. 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.
3. How to Restate an Idea and Summarize
Understanding how to restate an idea and summarize the information you have read is an important reading skill. In this lesson, you'll learn how to rephrase the main points of an essay, argument, or reading passage into a clear summary.
4. How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage
Recognize and understand how cause and effect relates to literature. Learn how to determine and find cause and effect in a reading passage, along with a strategy to assist you.
5. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage
In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.
6. How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage
Do you know what a generalization is? Do you know how to spot a misleading generalization when you see one, or make generalizations about different aspects of a passage? Watch this video lesson to gain or improve skills.
7. How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage
You might be able to understand everything the author says in a passage, but can you figure out what the author ISN'T saying? Try your hand at drawing conclusions - but not jumping to conclusions - in this video lesson.
8. How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer
Authors never pick the words in their works by accident. In this lesson, we'll explore the ways that authors use words and see how this impacts our understanding of their work.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View
Writers give us many clues to help us understand why they write. In this lesson, we're going to check out the concepts of tone and point of view to see how they can be used to better understand a passage.
12. How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions
Text structures are identifiable patterns in the organization of text in a written work. This lesson will discuss the use of transitions to determine text structure. We will end with a very short quiz to see what you have learned.
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