Ch 8: Reading and Understanding Essays: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The reading and understanding essays chapter of this College Composition Help and Review course is the simplest way to master reading and understanding essays. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of reading and understanding essays.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering college composition material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn college composition. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to read and comprehend essays
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning college composition (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about reading and understanding essays
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra college composition learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Reading and Understanding Essays chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Reading and Understanding Essays chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any reading and understanding essays question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • What are some reading comprehension strategies?
  • How do I use context to gain the meaning of written text?
  • How do I determine my audience?
  • What are some peer editing tips?

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: Reading and Understanding Essays: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

1. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

2. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.

Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

3. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.

What is Expository Text? - Definition, Types & Examples

4. What is Expository Text? - Definition, Types & Examples

Expository text exposes you to facts: plain and simple. In this lesson, you will learn how to understand and identify expository text. You will be able to distinguish between expository and narrative text and understand why this distinction is important.

The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon: Summary & Analysis

5. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon: Summary & Analysis

Francis Bacon's 'The Advancement of Learning,' which introduced the scientific method during the Scientific Revolution, had a profound impact on empirical philosophy. In this lesson, we'll take a quick look at the two books that make up the work and their significance.

The Organization Man by William Whyte: Summary & Analysis

6. The Organization Man by William Whyte: Summary & Analysis

'The Organization Man' by William Whyte helped to define the corporate culture of mid-twentieth century America and became one of the bestselling and most influential books on management ever written.

The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

7. The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll discuss a brief biography of Edgar Allan Poe, the famous American poet. We will then summarize and analyze his essay titled 'The Philosophy of Composition.'

William Godwin's Philosophy

8. William Godwin's Philosophy

William Godwin is known as the 'founder of philosophical anarchism.' He lived from 1756-1836. In this lesson, we will get to know what he believed and taught during his lifetime.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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