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Ch 2: STAAR English II: Analyzing Texts

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Sharpen your ability to analyze texts in order to be ready for the STAAR English II assessment. These brief lessons feature informative transcripts and engaging videos brought to you by experienced and knowledgeable instructors.

STAAR English II: Analyzing Texts - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors will cover the definition of theme in literature, universal theme, and the comparison of similar themes in literature through time. You will study common sources for literature like myth, traditional stories, and religious writings as well as commonly repeated mythic patterns as explained by Joseph Campbell. There is also discussion of the use of archetypes in literature as a way to instantly connect with an audience. These and other lessons presented here relate directly to the reading portions of the STAAR English II assessment. Other subjects you will study in this chapter include:

  • Analysis of texts related by theme or subject
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Contextual analysis of written works
  • Interpretation of figurative language and inference
  • Literary analysis step-by-step
  • Conclusions based on reading
  • Textual evidence and interpretation
  • Connection of written works by comparison

Our lessons are designed to be informative, engaging, and easy on your schedule. When you are in review mode, the timeline feature enables you to jump from topic to topic in the videos. The textual passages have key vocabulary highlighted to help you along and the lesson quizzes can help you make sure you've learned the material before you move on.

15 Lessons in Chapter 2: STAAR English II: Analyzing Texts
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What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

Universal Theme: Definition & Examples

2. Universal Theme: Definition & Examples

This lesson will define universal theme and give you examples you can refer to in order to identify universal themes in other pieces of literature. At the end, you'll be able to test your understanding through a quiz.

Comparing Similar Literary Themes Across Time Periods

3. Comparing Similar Literary Themes Across Time Periods

This lesson explores universal themes in well-known stories. From forbidden love in ''Romeo and Juliet'' to innocence in ''Little Red Riding Hood,'' we'll discover how stories can be both universal and specific to their author's time and place.

The Hero's Journey: Campbell's Archetype

4. The Hero's Journey: Campbell's Archetype

Ever thought that a lot of the world's myths and literary classics start to sound the same after a while? Joseph Campbell sure did, and you can learn more in this lesson about his theory on how all these stories converge into a single 'Hero's Journey!

Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

5. Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

In this lesson, we're going to see how myths, traditional stories, and religious writings serve as sources for modern fiction. We'll define each of these and look at examples of modern interpretations.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

6. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

7. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.

Archetype in Literature: Definition & Examples

8. Archetype in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn about archetypes in literature, those recurring situations or character types that we immediately connect with. After we consider a full definition of an archetype and many possible examples, you'll be sure to spot one in your next book or movie.

Interpreting Works in Context

9. Interpreting Works in Context

In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Historical & Cultural Contexts

10. Interpreting Figurative Language in Historical & Cultural Contexts

Figurative language makes our writing more vivid and lively, but can also be really confusing. A lot of figurative language is based on the historical and cultural context in which it is used, so understanding those contexts is important to understanding the figurative language.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

11. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

12. 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.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

13. 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.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

14. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

Making Text-to-Text Connections Between Written Works

15. Making Text-to-Text Connections Between Written Works

In this lesson, we will discuss connecting different writings to each other by learning about the authors, examining the literary elements, and reflecting on the writings.

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