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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an interpreting theme and meaning unit of a standard NY Regents Exam - Comprehensive English course. Topics covered include:
- Literary terms in prose and poetry
- Methods for inferring intended meaning
- Strategies for close and big picture reading
- Construction of meaning with context clues, prior knowledge and word structure
- Reading strategies using visualization techniques
- Connotation and denotation
- Structure in writing and how it affects meaning
- Literary motifs
- Tone vs. mood
- Tone and mood in text
- Imagery and symbolism in literature
- Analysis of literary passages
- Interpretation of literary meaning
1. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose
The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.
2. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry
Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!
3. 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.
4. 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.'
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.
10. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose
In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.
11. 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.
12. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.
13. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide
In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.
14. 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.
15. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies
In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.
16. Universal Theme: Definition & Examples
This lesson will define universal theme and give you examples you can refer to in order to identify universal themes in other pieces of literature. At the end, you'll be able to test your understanding through a quiz.
17. Assessing Writer Credibility & Bias
When reading a piece of persuasive writing, it is important to be able to determine the writer's ethos, or credibility, in order to decide how truly persuasive his or her argument is.
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- Sentence Structure: Understanding Grammar: Help and Review
- Usage in English: Help and Review
- Organization: Help and Review
- Writing Mechanics: Help and Review
- Essay Basics: Types of Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Basics: Writing an Essay: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Development & Planning: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Writing & Structuring an Essay: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Revision & Improving Your Essay: Help and Review
- Writing Structure & Organization: Help and Review
- Reading & Understanding Essays: Help and Review
- Figurative Language: Help and Review
- Examples of Literary Analysis: Help and Review