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Source Material Analysis - Chapter Summary
Study this collection of lessons to review effective source material analysis methods. The chapter includes comprehensive lessons that will help you understand and apply research sources. Our instructors will show you how to properly summarize your research, identify an author's purpose, recognize rhetorical devices and explain a text's main point. After completing the lessons in this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Identify an implied main idea
- Quote, paraphrase and summarize your research
- Recognize implied relationships in a reading selection
- Determine the cause and effect of an event in a passage
- Assess a sequence of events or steps in a reading selection
- Explain a main point through supporting details
- Understand an author's purpose
- Draw conclusions from a reading selection
- Apply ideas from a reading selection to other situations
- Assess examples of rhetorical devices
- Define figurative language
- Compare and contrast ideas in a reading selection
The lessons in this chapter are typically less than ten minutes long, which helps you quickly review and internalize these source material concepts. You're encouraged to take the included self-assessment quizzes to make sure you've fully understood the lesson material. Transcripts of each lesson are available to print and our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. The chapter is available to study at your convenience, whether you're at home, school, work or on-the-go.
1. 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!
2. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research
Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.
3. How to Recognize Implied Relationships in a Reading Selection
Some relationships in a reading passage will be implied and not plainly stated. These may be very difficult to understand, so watch this lesson to see clear steps to take to recognize implied relationships.
4. How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage
Recognize and understand how cause and effect relates to literature. Learn how to determine and find cause and effect in a reading passage, along with a strategy to assist you.
5. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection
News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.
6. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.
7. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples
This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.
8. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection
When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.
9. How to Apply Ideas from a Reading Selection to Other Situations
Applying what we learn from books to other situations in life helps us grow and improve. This lesson demonstrates how to apply ideas from a text to other situations and how to teach this important skill to readers.
10. Figurative Language: Definition & Examples
This lesson introduces you to a variety of ways that figurative language can impact the way you express yourself. You'll learn terms for several approaches and examples of each.
11. How to Compare & Contrast Ideas in a Reading Selection
The ability to compare and contrast the many ideas in one reading selection can be an overwhelming task. This video lesson gives a step-by-step method of how to successfully compare and contrast ideas in a reading selection.
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