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Series: English Literature: Skills


Analysis of Text

Analysis of Text

Anaylsis of text is an important skill that helps readers to understand the true meaning of a text. Let's explore what clues to look for to analyze any text.
Analyzing People, Events & Ideas

Analyzing People, Events & Ideas

By analyzing the people, events, and ideas that shape a narrative, you can uncover the underlying connections that make a story compelling. Discover how causes, effects, and influences work together, and enhance your own reading and writing skills.
Analyzing Word Choice

Analyzing Word Choice

Just as painters carefully select brushstrokes and colors, writers meticulously choose words to convey emotions, create tone, and shape meaning. By understanding the impact of word choice, you can express yourself more clearly in both speech and...Show More
Annotating

Annotating

Annotations are notes that a reader makes to a text. They help you familiarize yourself with both the content and organization of what you read. Let's discover ways you can annotate a text.
Breaking Down Arguments

Breaking Down Arguments

Harness the power of critical thinking through the four elements of effective arguments: claim, reasons, evidence, and counterarguments. Learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of any argument and make your own case with solid reasoning...Show More
Character Development

Character Development

Discover five techniques that authors use to develop memorable and engaging characters. From traits and dialogue to thoughts, effects, and actions, learn how your favorite characters are brought to life.
Context Clues

Context Clues

Sometimes,when we're reading, we can come across words that we don't understand. But all texts feature context clues that help us to decipher their meaning. You just need to know where to look.
Determine an Author's Purpose

Determine an Author's Purpose

The author's purpose is the reason that he or she writes a piece of literature. Let's explore how you, as a reader, can identify that purpose by examining the text in more detail.
Finding the Main Idea

Finding the Main Idea

Understanding the main idea allows you to grasp the author's purpose. Whether the main idea is communicated implicitly or explicitly, there are simple steps you can follow to identify it and gain a deeper understanding of a text's key message.
Greek and Latin Roots

Greek and Latin Roots

Lots of the words that we use everyday have their roots in the ancient languages of Latin and Greek. Let's explore some examples and learn how language is constantly evolving.
Identifying & Evaluating Evidence

Identifying & Evaluating Evidence

Whether in speech or writing, citing relevant and credible evidence strengthens your analysis and increases your ability to convince others, making your arguments more persuasive and trustworthy.
Making Inferences

Making Inferences

Learn how to make inferences to uncover hidden meanings in texts. Discover the power of evidence and reasoning as you piece together the author's clues, enhancing your reading experience and engaging with stories on a deeper level.
Nonfiction Text Features

Nonfiction Text Features

Books and articles aren't just made up of words. They can contain images, maps, charts and many other items too. Let's learn about the nonfiction text features you should look out for.
Nonfiction Text Structures

Nonfiction Text Structures

Understand nonfiction texts with these five essential text structures. From chronological narratives to cause and effect explanations, problem-solving essays, compare and contrast articles, and descriptive lists, once you know these structures,...Show More
Summarizing Texts

Summarizing Texts

Nonfiction texts can be complex and dense. But anyone can summarize their contents by following our four simple steps. It's as easy as explaining what you have read to a friend.
Symbolism

Symbolism

Symbolism is a literary tool that lots of authors use to make complex ideas more accessible to readers. Let's explore how writers use objects, characters and events as symbols in their work.
The Elements of Fiction

The Elements of Fiction

Discover the secrets of storytelling with the five key ingredients of fiction - settings, characters, dialogue, narrator and plots. Use these elements to analyze and appreciate your favorite stories on a deeper level.
Theme

Theme

Themes are the profound ideas that shape narratives and give insights into the human experience. Explore how authors subtly convey themes through plot, characters, and details, allowing you to relate universal messages to your own life.