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- 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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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Other chapters within the College English Composition: Help and Review course
- Conventions in Writing - Grammar: Help and Review
- Conventions in Writing - Usage: Help and Review
- Writing Mechanics Help
- How to Revise an Essay: Help and Review
- Using Source Materials: Help and Review
- Parts of an Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Writing: Help and Review
- Composition Best Practices - Theory and Application: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Revision and Skill Development
- Teaching Writing
- Teaching Materials & Resources
- Prose Nonfiction
- Prose Fiction
- Nonfiction and Informational Text Skills Practice
- Teaching Literature
- Reading Basics
- Analyzing Reading
- Analyzing & Interpreting a Passage
- Analyzing Key Ideas of Nonfiction & Informational Text
- Teaching Reading
- Speaking Skills
- Reading for Key Ideas & Details
- Text Structure & Reading Skills
- Using & Evaluating Sources for Writing
- Reading & Thinking Critically