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Practice Analyzing & Interpreting Texts - Chapter Summary
This chapter offers you a quick way to practice analyzing and interpreting a variety of written texts. Focusing on texts like articles, journals, letters, reference books and autobiographies, the chapter's expertly taught lessons lay out reading comprehension and textual analysis strategies that are simple and easy to apply. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Analyze and interpret editorials, articles and speeches
- Interpret diary and journal entries
- Explain the contents of letters, reference books, reviews and biographies/autobiographies
You can get even more reading comprehension practice by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. The chapter is available whenever you have free time to study, and you can review the materials on any computer or mobile device. Be sure to take advantage of the Ask the Expert feature if you have any questions about these textual analysis and interpretation topics.
1. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Editorial
Expressing your opinions on paper can lead to powerful changes. Editorials have often helped promote social and political changes throughout history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze an exemplar editorial.
2. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article
When reading news articles, we often get caught up in the drama, but in order to analyze an article we need to look at it differently. In this lesson, we'll discuss exactly how to do that.
3. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech
There are many famous speeches that are inspiring and memorable, but to effectively analyze a speech we need to look at it in a new way. In this lesson we'll discuss exactly how to do this.
4. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal
Interpreting a journal article can seem daunting, but recognizing common format elements and asking specific questions will help you break it down into understandable pieces that can be analyzed.
5. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary
Reading someone's diary seems like a slightly scandalous thing to do, but published diaries can be analyzed, interpreted, and used as research materials. In this lesson, we'll look at how to read a diary in this way.
6. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter
Writing a letter to someone may seem like a casual thing, but letters can be analyzed as primary sources that represent a piece of history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze a letter.
7. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book
Before the Internet existed, people used reference books to find answers to many of their questions. Reference books are still widely used, especially when doing research. Learn how to analyze and interpret them in this lesson.
8. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Review
We often read film and book reviews to see if the film or book is worth checking out. But to effectively analyze a review, we need to read it in a different way. This lesson shows you how to do that.
9. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography
Understanding and evaluating an autobiography or a biography can seem like a challenging task, but in this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze both.
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