About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Literature Interpretation chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Definition of inference, intended meaning, practice with inference;|
Prior knowledge, context clues, word structure
Using context to determine meaning
|Definition of visualization, practice with visualization techniques;|
Definition of context, synonyms, antonyms
|Wednesday||Connotation and denotation;|
Tone and mood
| Definitions and examples of connotation and denotation;|
Definitions of tone and mood, examples and practice readings, abstract word, concrete word
|Thursday|| Structure and its influence on meaning;|
Close reading and big picture reading
|Definition of structure and how it can affect meaning, setting, plot, characters, theme;|
Overview of close reading and big picture reading strategies
|Friday||Using text to guide you in interpreting meaning||How analysis of plot, characters, setting, symbols and point of view can help in interpreting a written piece|
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. Feminine Rhyme: Definition & Examples
If you've ever heard 'Yankee Doodle' or 'The Star Spangled Banner', you've been exposed to feminine rhyme. In this lesson, you'll learn how to define this literary term, as well as see some famous examples and test your know-how with a short quiz.
11. What is a Character Trait? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will assist you in identifying, developing and understanding character traits through analysis. It will allow you to explore how character traits can be found and applied to different forms of literature and real-life scenarios.
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