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Understanding Reading Selections - Chapter Summary
Our instructors make it easy to brush up on your knowledge of ways to understand reading selections. They have developed short and engaging lessons that delve into the basics of informational texts, drawing conclusions from a reading selection, making text-to-text connections between written works and more. Study these lessons to improve your ability to do the following:
- Make predictions based on information from a reading selection
- Outline the ideas in a reading selection
- Define structure in writing and explain how it affects meaning
- Determine steps or the sequence of events in a reading selection
- Construct meaning based off of prior knowledge, word structure and context clues
- Identify the organization, problem and solution in a reading selection
- Discuss the indexes and tables of contents in informational texts
- Find cause and effect in a reading selection
Study the lessons in any manner that will help you understand reading selections. Feel free to review the lessons anytime using any computer or mobile device as often as you'd like. Short quizzes accompanying the lessons let you quickly and effectively check your knowledge of the concepts they cover. If you have questions about specific lesson topics, be sure to submit them to our experts via the Dashboard.
1. How to Make Predictions Based on Information from a Reading Selection
Making predictions when reading is an important reading comprehension strategy. In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important and how to model and practice it.
2. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection
When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.
3. Making Text-to-Text Connections Between Written Works
In this lesson, we will discuss connecting different writings to each other by learning about the authors, examining the literary elements, and reflecting on the writings.
4. How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline
Organizing ideas presented in a reading selection can seem like a tricky task. But, in this lesson, we'll discuss how to do this effectively and why it is an important skill to master.
5. 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.
6. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection
News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Informational Texts: Indexes & Tables of Contents
In this lesson, we'll learn about indexes and tables of contents in informational texts. We'll define these two important parts of a text and discover how to use them to find information.
10. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection
Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.
11. How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection
Informational texts can be arranged in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify the problem/solution structure. We will look at key words used and an example that uses this format.
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