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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding literary meaning or literary interpretation
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- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
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- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Interpreting Literature chapter exam.
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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an interpreting literature unit of a standard CAHSEE English exam course. Topics covered include:
- Context and structure
- Connotation and denotation
- Mood and tone
- Big picture and close reading strategies
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.'
9. 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.
10. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples
Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.
11. Sensory Details in Writing: Definition & Examples
The writer's ability to create a gripping and memorable story has much to do with engaging our five senses. This lesson will teach you how to make your writing pop by using the five senses.
12. The Fatal Equilibrium Summary
This lesson explores the economics of Marshall Jevons' murder mystery novel ''The Fatal Equilibrium''. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the story, its characters, and events while paying particular attention to how the author explains economic concepts using real world examples.
13. War and Peace Characters
''War and Peace'' by Leo Tolstoy is a dramatic book with dozens of characters. In this lesson, you will learn about Natasha Rostova, Pierre Bezukhov, Andrew Bolkonski, and Nicholas Rostov.
14. Anna Karenina: Summary & Characters
'Anna Karenina', by Leo Tolstoy, is a Russian novel that follows the life of Anna Karenina during the late 19th century. In this lesson, we will go over a brief summary and the main characters of the novel.
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