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Reading Comprehension & Response - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review the concepts and steps needed to understand what you read and provide thoughtful analysis and response. Lesson topics include how to paraphrase what you read, draw inferences from a reading passage and compare and contrast ideas between two or more texts. Our self-paced lessons allow you to review this information as many times as needed. You can study on your mobile phone, tablet or computer, 24 hours a day, in order to learn these topics easily and conveniently. If you have any questions about the lessons, our instructors are here to help. After reviewing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Summarize and restate an idea
- Synthesize written information
- Use supporting details to explain the main point
- Identify the audience, purpose and tone in an essay
- Analyze an author's voice, language and style
1. 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.
2. How to Paraphrase: Definition & Examples
Find out what it means to paraphrase, what the benefits are, and how paraphrasing is different from other ways to cite sources. You will also see examples of the ways paraphrasing can be used.
3. How to Synthesize Written Information
Synthesizing written information is the process of taking multiple sources and bringing them together into one cohesive idea, while bringing in a new idea or theory. This lesson explains different ways to do this effectively.
4. 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.
5. Drawing Inferences in Fiction
In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.
6. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays
What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.
7. Analyzing an Author's Style, Voice & Language
What separates one author's writing from another? The short answer is the author's voice, comprised of their style and use of language. This lesson explores the concepts in more detail.
8. Comparing & Contrasting Ideas Between Two or More Texts
The lesson explores ways to compare and contrast two works of literature. We will investigate the similarities and differences between setting, plot, point of view, and metaphor in two classic dystopian novels: George Orwell's '1984' and Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451.'
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Other chapters within the 8th Grade Language Arts course
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- Spelling Basics
- Punctuation & Capitalization
- Sentences: Types & Parts
- Revising Writing
- Reading Strategies Overview
- Reading & Interpreting Visuals
- Literary Elements & Devices
- Reading & Writing Informational Texts
- Reading & Writing Persuasive Texts
- Reading & Writing Poetry
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