Ch 9: Reading and Understanding Essays: Help & Tutorial

About This Chapter

Watch college composition video lessons and learn about theory, main points, editing and more. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Reading and Understanding Essays - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Reading comprehension is an important aspect of composing well written pieces. If you understand how to read and analyze someone else's work, it will help you as you begin to compose your own pieces. In this course on reading and understanding essays, you'll be exposed to several aspects that will help you in analyzing and editing essays.

As you read an essay, one of your main goals will be to identify what it is about or its main idea, the theory. To do this, you'll need to identify the main points. In our video lessons, you'll discover how to quickly and easily identify these aspects of an essay, so you can determine what it is about right away.

In some cases, you may run across a word or words that you don't recognize. Not comprehending a word or words can lead to misunderstanding the whole essay or an important point in the essay. In order to ensure you don't run into such problems, you'll learn how to define words through using context or the other words and phrases around the unidentified term.

Even a well written piece will fall flat if it is not aimed towards the right audience. As you watch the lessons, you'll learn to determine an essay's intended audience. We'll go over tips that make this process smooth and easy.

You may have to edit someone else's work at some point. Editing skills can come in handy, so the lessons cover tips and advice for finding mistakes in essays. You'll also learn how to recommend changes without offending or otherwise upsetting the author. Thanks for watching!

5 Lessons in Chapter 9: Reading and Understanding Essays: Help & Tutorial
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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 Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

2. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

3. 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

4. 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.

Peer Reviewing an Essay: Copyediting a Peer's Work

5. Peer Reviewing an Essay: Copyediting a Peer's Work

In this lesson, we'll learn about the benefit of copyediting for both grammar and content. You'll learn how to edit a peer's essay and be provided with an example of an essay to practice edit.

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Practice Final Exam
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