Ch 1: Understanding Basic Reading Skills

About This Chapter

This chapter can help you brush up on your comprehension skills to make sure that you're getting the most out of your reading. Work your way through each lesson and then take the quick, multiple-choice quiz when you're finished to see if any additional review is required.

Understanding Basic Reading Skills - Chapter Summary

Use this collection of fun lessons to sharpen your reading comprehension skills. Practice visualization, close reading, big picture reading, inferring intended meanings and more. You should feel confident in the following areas when you've completed this chapter:

  • Getting the gist of essays
  • Using visualization when reading
  • Big picture reading vs. close reading
  • Dealing with transitions
  • Comparison of argument and topic
  • Denotation and connotation
  • Using inference to guide understanding

If you complete the quick quiz that accompanies each lesson, you can discover any topics that might need a little more attention. Use the handy video tags to locate specific spots with ease in the videos, if you'd prefer not to view videos again in their entirety. There's also a chapter test available at the end for additional feedback.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding Basic Reading Skills
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Reading and Writing for Personal Growth

1. Reading and Writing for Personal Growth

In this lesson, we will discuss how reading and writing can expand our world views by allowing us to see things from other perspectives and challenge our own viewpoints.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

2. 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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

3. 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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

4. 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.'

Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

5. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for using transitional words or phrases to navigate a reading passage and find the main point. Then, you can practice yourself in the quiz.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

6. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

7. 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.

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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

9. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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