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Ch 15: Text Analysis and Close Reading

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons on text analysis and close reading and learn various methods to get the meaning of a literary passage. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

The video lessons in this chapter will teach you techniques of text analysis and close reading to help you improve your understanding of written passages. You will learn to determine meaning through context and word structure and understand tone and its implications. Other lessons offer help with inferring meaning and understanding how structure affects meaning. This chapter should help you understand the following:

  • How to find the gist of an essay
  • Context as a means of determining a word's meaning
  • Connotation and denotation
  • Tone and meaning in a passage
  • Close reading and big picture reading

Video Objective
Get the Gist of an Essay and Improve Reading Comprehension Understand how to find the main point of an essay and understand its meaning.
How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words Learn to use surrounding words to find out the meaning of a particular word.
What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning Find out how to pick up on meaning not explicitly stated.
Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge and Word Structure Use these hints to help you determine the point of a written passage.
Reading Strategies Using Visualization Learn to glean meaning from a text by forming mental images.
What is Connotation and Denotation? - Definition and Examples Find out the difference between the two.
Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage Determine these characteristics and use them to boost your comprehension.
What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning? Learn how structure influences meaning.
Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies Understand the difference and learn when each strategy is best.

10 Lessons in Chapter 15: Text Analysis and Close Reading
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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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