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Text Structure & Reading Skills - Chapter Summary
Hone your reading comprehension skills with video lessons discussing analogies, figures of speech, and the relationship between a word's connotation and denotation. You'll also learn to recognize commonly confused words and practice using context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar vocabulary terms.
Additional lessons in this chapter can help you discern fact from opinion and identify the words and phrases used to organize a text's main ideas. You'll also learn what to expect from college-level reading assignments with lessons on the following:
- Word meaning
- Figures of speech
- Transition sentences
- Text structure and organization
- Fact vs. opinion
- College-level reading skills
Our instructors' teaching style makes it easy to apply these reading comprehension skills in your own academic study. Access their expertise by watching short video lessons or reading the transcripts. You can also take multiple-choice quizzes if you'd like to make sure you've mastered these topics.
1. Understanding Words By Their Relationships
Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.
2. Selecting the Best Words for Your Message
Workplace communication depends upon delivering messages effectively through the use of professional writing. It is critical to understand how to select the best words for your message.
3. Commonly Confused Words in English
Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.
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.
5. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences
Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.
6. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences
Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.
7. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection
Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.
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.
9. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text
This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.
10. Figure of Speech: Definition, Types & Examples
In this lesson, you will discover how people communicate through figures of speech. You will learn some different types of figures of speech and analyze several examples.
11. Skills & Vocabulary for College Level Reading
In this lesson you will explore some of the tools and techniques you can use to get better at reading at a college level and also to expand your vocabulary.
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- Nonfiction and Informational Text Skills Practice
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