About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Understanding Essays chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Get the Gist of an Essay and Improve Reading Comprehension||Using your long-term memory when reading an essay|
|Tuesday||Get the Gist of an Essay and Improve Reading Comprehension||The importance of improving reading speed as well as developing foreshadowing, critiquing and evaluation skills|
|Wednesday||How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words||Strategies for using context to increase understanding|
|Thursday||How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay||The importance of word choice when identifying a target audience|
|Friday||Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays by Other Writers||Understanding the original writer's intent and ensuring that an essay has consistency|
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.
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.
3. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay
Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.
4. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers
Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.
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