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Content Organization in Reading Selections - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter help you learn and practice strategies for organizing a text. Text organization involves basic structure, such as an introduction, body, and conclusion, but also involves rhetorical techniques such as cause-and-effect and problem-solution. This chapter covers outlines, text structure, and the techniques authors use to add structure. Some of the concepts covered in this chapter include:
- How to organize ideas into an outline
- How to represent ideas from a passage in a graphic organizer
- How the structure of a text can affect its meaning
- How to read a text and discern the organizational methods the author used
- How cause-and-effect is used to provide structure to a text
- How authors use compare-and-contrast techniques
- How problem-solution provides structure
- How to discern the sequence of events in a reading passage
- How authors use transitions to support the organization of a reading passage
Each short video lesson teaches you one or two techniques for identifying structure and organization in a reading passage. Accompanying quiz questions and a practice exam will help you practice your skills and ensure you're ready for the day of your test.
1. How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline
Organizing ideas presented in a reading selection can seem like a tricky task. But, in this lesson, we'll discuss how to do this effectively and why it is an important skill to master.
2. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
The structure of a written story impacts the story's meaning. This lesson will define what is in a story, the framework of a story, and how the story is organized impacts the meaning of the story.
3. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions
In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for using transitional words or phrases to navigate a reading passage and find the main point. Then, you can practice yourself in the quiz.
4. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection
Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.
5. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection
Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.
6. How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection
Informational texts can be arranged in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify the problem/solution structure. We will look at key words used and an example that uses this format.
7. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection
News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.
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