About This Chapter
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.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Determining the gist of an essay||Finding the main point of an essay, paragraph or sentence|
|Tuesday||Developing reading comprehension skills||Identifying steps to improve reading comprehension, including the use of speed reading, foreshadowing and descriptive techniques|
|Wednesday||Using context to determine the meaning of words||Defining the meaning of context; examining examples of context|
|Thursday||Determining 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|
|Friday||Editing the work of other writers||Discovering the author's intent, finding content and writing errors and making recommendations for revisions|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the AP English Language Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course
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- Beginning the Writing Process: AP English Language Lesson Plans
- Writing & Structuring an Essay: AP English Language Lesson Plans
- Writing Revision & Skill Development: AP English Language Lesson Plans
- Conventions in Essay Writing: AP English Language Lesson Plans
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