Ch 1: Reading Essays - Basics: AP English Language Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Reading Essays - Basics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach reading comprehension and peer editing in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Reading Essays - Basics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayDetermining the gist of an essayFinding the main point of an essay, paragraph or sentence
TuesdayDeveloping reading comprehension skills Identifying steps to improve reading comprehension, including the use of speed reading, foreshadowing and descriptive techniques
WednesdayUsing context to determine the meaning of wordsDefining the meaning of context; examining examples of context
ThursdayDetermining the best audience or readers for an essay Understanding the importance of audience or readers; using word choices and other clues to determine an essay audience
FridayEditing the work of other writers Discovering the author's intent, finding content and writing errors and making recommendations for revisions

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: Reading Essays - Basics: AP English Language Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

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.

How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

3. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.

Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

4. 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.

Improving Reading Comprehension: Tips and Tricks

5. Improving Reading Comprehension: Tips and Tricks

In this lesson, we're going to explore some tips and tricks to improve reading comprehension. We'll discover how active reading works and practice some techniques that will promote better understanding of reading materials.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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