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Ch 23: Reading for Key Ideas & Details

About This Chapter

Use our video lessons to aid your review of strategies for picking out important ideas and key details from a reading. Review definitions of inference and paraphrasing, and look at ways to make your writing more descriptive.

Reading for Key Ideas & Details - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons will help you brush off your close and big picture reading skills. You'll explore ways to infer meaning and determine the theme of a written passage. Another lesson will help you strengthen your writing through paraphrasing. You will explore the use of descriptive language and supporting details. After watching the lessons in this chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Describe close reading and big picture reading strategies
  • Infer intended meaning
  • Utilize paraphrasing in your writing
  • Add life to written passages with descriptive details and sensory language

Our instructors have filled these brief lessons with examples to help you better understand strategies you can use to improve your reading and writing. View the lessons as your schedule allows, accessing them anywhere you have an Internet connection. Quizzes and written transcripts accompany each video, expanding your options for learning.

6 Lessons in Chapter 23: Reading for Key Ideas & Details
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

1. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

2. 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 Find the Theme or Central Idea

3. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples

4. What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what a paraphrase is and how to accurately paraphrase information. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

5. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

6. How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

When you write a narrative, you can draw your reader into your experiences by adding specific, concrete details to your storytelling. This lesson tells you exactly how to do it.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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