Ch 1: Text Analysis and Close Reading for 10th Grade

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Watch video lessons and learn effective reading comprehension techniques, such as using context, inferring meaning and making use of visualization. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Text Analysis and Close Reading for 10th Grade - Chapter Summary and Objectives

You can practice a variety of strategies to get the most out of your reading through these lessons. Learn the difference between connotation and denotation and the distinction between close reading and big picture reading. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Find the main idea of a writing piece
  • Use context to find the meanings of words
  • Infer meanings of text
  • Use visualization to drive comprehension

Video Objectives
Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension Learn to read more effectively by finding the point of a piece of writing.
How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words This lesson shows you how to use the surrounding words to decide on word meaning in a sentence.
What Is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning Learn to look for clues in the writing piece to help you determine implications.
Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure Find out how to use context and word structure to decide on meanings of words. Learn to reach back for prior knowledge to understand a seemingly new topic.
Reading Strategies Using Visualization This lesson describes visualization techniques to aid comprehension.
What Is Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples Learn to distinguish between literal and implied meanings.
Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage This lesson explains the difference between mood and tone and explores examples from literature.
What Is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning? Learn how the arrangement of a writing piece can change its meaning.
Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies Explore the differences and tips for using these approaches to reading for comprehension.
Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation This lesson shows you how the text itself can aid understanding.

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Text Analysis and Close Reading for 10th Grade
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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

3. 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

4. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

5. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

6. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

7. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

8. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

9. 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.'

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

10. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

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