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- Define and use literary motifs.
- Learn to comprehend or get the gist of an essay.
- Locate the main idea of an essay.
- Draw inference of mood and figurative language in poetry.
- Comprehend an essay through visualization.
- Compare close reading and big-picture reading.
- Analyze literature to interpret its meaning.
- Define inference and practice making literary inferences.
- Discover how to draw conclusions and identify underlying assumptions.
- Learn to use prior knowledge and context clues.
- Compare tone and mood in prose.
- Define connotation and denotation and discover how they are used.
- Analyze passages by comparing and contrasting.
- Summarize and learn about casual relationships in passages.
- Recognize the meaning of a word by the context in which it is used.
1. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.
2. How to Determine the Number of Main Ideas in a Text
When approaching a text for the first time, the reader is likely looking for the main idea, or the central point the author is trying to emphasize or explain. Read this lesson to learn how to find what the main idea is and how to tell if there is more than one.
3. 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.
4. Reading Strategies Using Visualization
In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.
5. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies
In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'
6. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.
7. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning
In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.
8. Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry
Poetry is difficult to define, but there's one characteristic that most poems share - figurative language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify and draw inferences from figurative language.
9. Inferring Mood in Poetry
Poets have a variety of tools to use to create mood. In this lesson, you'll learn about three of these tools and how you can use that knowledge to infer mood. You'll also learn how this skill applies specifically to the AP Literature exam.
10. 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.
11. Identifying an Author's Underlying Assumptions
Whenever a writer puts pen to paper, chances are that he or she is making a number of assumptions about the reader. This lesson focuses on some of those assumptions and how to identify them.
12. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure
In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.
13. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose
In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.
14. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
15. 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.
16. Effective Summaries of a Paragraph or Passage
Knowing how to summarize a paragraph or passage is a useful skill in many writing situations. This lesson will walk you through the steps to writing an effective summary using your own words.
17. 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.
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