Ch 10: MTTC Reading: Using Literary Texts

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to improve your understanding of the strategies used to identify the meanings and inferences of reading selections as part of your studies for the MTTC Reading exam.

MTTC Reading: Using Literary Texts - Chapter Summary

In the lesson videos that make up this chapter, our expert instructors will help prepare you for questions on the MTTC Reading exam about the different ways one can read passages, and strategies for identifying a passage's meanings and inferences. These lessons are mobile device compatible so that even when you are not at your computer you have an effective way of reviewing:

  • The difference between close and big picture reading strategies
  • The use of text to guide your interpretation of a reading
  • Ways of analyzing literary passages
  • Uses of similes, symbolism and imagery in literature
  • Poetic form, content and meaning
  • Types of foreshadowing
  • How to draw inferences and interpret tone in fiction

After these lessons, check your understanding of the material presented by taking the lesson quizzes. The results from these assessments will help you identify any topics you don't completely understand, then using the video tags return to the lesson segments that covered these topics. You can also read over the lesson transcripts that present written overviews of the lessons.

11 Lessons in Chapter 10: MTTC Reading: Using Literary Texts
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Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

1. 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.'

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

2. 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.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

3. 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.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

4. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

5. 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.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

6. 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.

Form & Meaning in Poetry

7. Form & Meaning in Poetry

In this lesson, we will explore how form and content combine to create meaning in poetry. Along the way, we will examine the components of poetic form and content and define poetic meaning.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

8. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

9. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

10. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

Using Literary Texts to Teach Reading Comprehension

11. Using Literary Texts to Teach Reading Comprehension

Comprehension is one of the major elements of reading, and in order to get students to improve their comprehension, you need to present them with good reading material. This lesson will acquaint you with the use and benefits of literary texts.

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