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Reading & Editing Essays - Chapter Summary
This chapter focuses on ways to improve your skills in reading and editing essays. Topics covered in the lessons will teach you how to quickly understand the main points of an essay and perform peer editing. After completing the chapter, you will have worked on the following skills:
- Determining the gist of an essay
- Reading comprehension
- Using context to identify the meaning of words
- Editing essays by others
The chapter breaks topics down into easily understandable chunks of information. Each lesson lasts about seven minutes and features an interactive timeline so you can easily jump to specific topics. Our experienced instructors are available to answer any questions you might have about the lesson material. Before moving on to new subjects, use the self-assessment quizzes to see how much you've learned.
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.
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.
3. 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.
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Other chapters within the Comprehensive English: Overview & Practice course
- Sentence Structure: Elements of Grammar
- Sentence Structure: Understanding Grammar
- Essay Basics: Types of Essay
- Essay Basics: Writing an Essay
- Writing Mechanics
- The Writing Process: Development & Planning
- The Writing Process: Writing & Structuring an Essay
- The Writing Process: Revision & Improving Your Essay
- Reading and Understanding Essays: Help & Tutorial
- Interpreting Theme & Meaning
- Figurative Language
- Examples of Literary Analysis
- Prominent Authors & Major Works
- Historical, Cultural & Critical Contexts of Literature
- Reading Strategies & Literary Analysis
- Interpreting Meaning in Literature
- Writing to a Specific Audience
- Grammar, Mechanics & Usage
- Proofreading & Revising an Essay
- Writing Assessment Tools & Strategies
- Effective Listening & Speaking
- Developing Word Identification Skills