About This Chapter
Reading Basics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Being able to actually read the words in a written piece is only half the battle of the process of reading. In order to be a fully functioning reader, you also need to be able to understand what you read. Difficult words or complex topics in an essay can make for a tough time when you are trying to read and understand a piece. On the other hand, when you are writing an essay, it is helpful to understand some reading basics so that you can create a piece that is easy to read and understand. Typically, your reading and writing skills are tightly linked. In this chapter, we'll cover a few different ideas related to reading and writing essays. Some of the things you'll learn include:
- Tips for improving your reading comprehension
- How to use context to understand unfamiliar words
- Determine the best audience for an essay you write
- How to edit the writing of peers
|Get the Gist of an Essay & improve Reading Comprehension||Learn how to figure out the main points and theme of an essay.|
|How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words||Explore how to use the other words and sentences in an essay to understand what an unfamiliar word means.|
|How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay||Discover why you need to choose an audience when writing an essay and how to choose the most appropriate audience.|
|Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers||Get tips on editing the work of others.|
1. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.
2. How to Restate an Idea and Summarize
Understanding how to restate an idea and summarize the information you have read is an important reading skill. In this lesson, you'll learn how to rephrase the main points of an essay, argument, or reading passage into a clear summary.
3. How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage
Recognize and understand how cause and effect relates to literature. Learn how to determine and find cause and effect in a reading passage, along with a strategy to assist you.
4. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage
In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.
5. How to Draw Conclusions from a Passage
You might be able to understand everything the author says in a passage, but can you figure out what the author ISN'T saying? Try your hand at drawing conclusions - but not jumping to conclusions - in this video lesson.
6. How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View
Writers give us many clues to help us understand why they write. In this lesson, we're going to check out the concepts of tone and point of view to see how they can be used to better understand a passage.
7. How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions
Text structures are identifiable patterns in the organization of text in a written work. This lesson will discuss the use of transitions to determine text structure. We will end with a very short quiz to see what you have learned.
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- Teaching Materials & Resources
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- Prose Fiction
- Nonfiction and Informational Text Skills Practice
- Teaching Literature
- Analyzing Reading
- Analyzing & Interpreting a Passage
- Analyzing Key Ideas of Nonfiction & Informational Text
- Teaching Reading
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