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Ch 5: Literary Skills & Strategies

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Inferring intended meaning, comparing ideas, and discerning explicit statements are a few of the many topics covered in these mobile-friendly lessons. This chapter on literary skills and strategies can help you prepare for a class assignment or earn a high score on an exam.

Literary Skills & Strategies - Chapter Summary

The engaging lessons in this chapter provide an overview of literary skills and strategies. You can get a clearer understanding of how to read a text with inferences and recognize explicit statements. You can also learn how to develop an objective summary when writing a story. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Recall reading strategies that employ visualization
  • Distinguish between close reading and big picture reading strategies
  • Explain how predictions are made based on details in a reading selection
  • Communicate how intended meaning is inferred
  • Describe how to discern explicit statements
  • Read a selection and draw conclusions
  • Provide an example of how to paraphrase a reading selection
  • Compare ideas in a reading selection

These lessons help you comprehend literary skills and strategies with greater ease and our instructors provide plenty of illustrations. You can study all the lessons in the order provided, or just focus on the topics that you don't fully comprehend. A brief and printable quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge.

9 Lessons in Chapter 5: Literary Skills & Strategies
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Reading Strategies Using Visualization

1. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

Visualization is an effective reading strategy to support reading comprehension. This lesson will explore the definition, purpose, and benefits of visualization, as well as explain how to visualize while reading.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

2. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

Examining literature with close-reading and big-picture reading techniques can aid in getting a firm grasp on understanding the text. Explore these two strategies and how they can be applied to many texts, including Shakespeare's 'Romero and Juliet.'

How to Make Predictions Based on Information from a Reading Selection

3. How to Make Predictions Based on Information from a Reading Selection

Making predictions is a strategy in reading comprehension, involving the use of information from a reading selection to determine upcoming events. Learn the importance of making predictions, and understand how to model predictions with tools such as a three-column prediction list.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

4. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

Inference is a conclusion or opinion that is logically formed through observation, facts, reasoning and evidence. Learn about the meaning of inference, explore how to infer an intended meaning and understand how to practice making inferences.

Discerning Explicit Statements from Inferences in a Text

5. Discerning Explicit Statements from Inferences in a Text

In any informational text, there will be information stated explicitly and information you have to infer. In this lesson, you'll learn about the differences and some inference issues to watch out for.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

6. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

Writers might not explicitly say everything they intend, leading readers to use clues to draw conclusions from texts. Discover how to draw conclusions from a reading selection and practice this technique through some examples.

How to Paraphrase: Definition & Examples

7. How to Paraphrase: Definition & Examples

Paraphrasing can be a valuable skill to learn, especially in an academic setting. Discover important tips and learn how to avoid common mistakes when trying to convey ideas into your own words. Differentiate between good and bad paraphrasing examples.

Writing an Objective Summary of a Story

8. Writing an Objective Summary of a Story

Writing an objective summary of a story means summarizing it while excluding one's opinions. Learn about the terms, the secret techniques, and the step-by-step procedure for writing an objective summary, and check out a summary of 'The Tell-Tale Heart' as an example.

How to Compare & Contrast Ideas in a Reading Selection

9. How to Compare & Contrast Ideas in a Reading Selection

Explore how to compare and contrast ideas in a reading selection to understand similarities and differences. Review what compare and contrast mean, discover how to analyze a prompt, examine a method, see how to find details, and learn how to evaluate.

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