Ch 5: Reading Comprehension & Skills

About This Chapter

This fun chapter closely examines reading comprehension and reading skills you can use to excel on an upcoming test. Review entertaining lessons and take mini quizzes to quickly and easily improve your knowledge of these skills.

Reading Comprehension & Skills - Chapter Summary

Feel confident in your reading comprehension and ability to analyze and interpret texts with help from the engaging lessons in this chapter. Our instructors ensure you understand how to interpret the word choice of a writer, analyze the purpose of a text, use context to determine the meaning of words and much more. Completing this chapter will enable you to:

  • Get the gist of an essay and improve your reading comprehension
  • Define implied main idea and explicit meaning
  • Recognize details related to the main idea
  • Identify relationships between general and specific ideas
  • Analyze two texts related by theme or topic
  • Restate an idea and create a summary
  • Skim and scan to retrieve information quickly
  • Interpret graphs, tables and charts

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13 Lessons in Chapter 5: Reading Comprehension & Skills
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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.

Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

2. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!

Explicit Meaning: Definition, Explanation & Practice

3. Explicit Meaning: Definition, Explanation & Practice

In this lesson, we explore what it means to be explicit. We illustrate this with real-world examples before diving into a few example sentences for practice.

Recognizing Details That Elaborate Upon a Main Idea

4. Recognizing Details That Elaborate Upon a Main Idea

One of the most important tasks of reading, is determining the point of what is being read. This lesson will explain how to spot details that are related to the main idea, while also giving plenty of examples to help you out!

How to Identify Relationships Between General & Specific Ideas

5. How to Identify Relationships Between General & Specific Ideas

In this lesson, we will learn how to tell the difference between general and specific ideas. We will also explore the relationships between these ideas and practice identifying the ideas and their relationships.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

6. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

7. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.

How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

8. 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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

9. 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.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

10. 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 Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

11. How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

Authors never pick the words in their works by accident. In this lesson, we'll explore the ways that authors use words and see how this impacts our understanding of their work.

Retrieving Information Quickly: Skimming & Scanning

12. Retrieving Information Quickly: Skimming & Scanning

Learn how to speed read to improve your test-taking skills! In this lesson you will practice skimming and scanning in short reading passages and discover strategies to improve comprehension and retention.

Interpreting Charts, Graphs & Tables

13. Interpreting Charts, Graphs & Tables

Important information in the business and scientific world is often presented in various visual aids. In this lesson, we will discuss how to read and interpret charts, graphs, and tables.

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