Tertiary Catalogue

English


Nonfiction Text Structures

Nonfiction Text Structures

English Literature: Skills

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
Greek and Latin Roots

Greek and Latin Roots

English Literature: Skills

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.
Summarizing Texts

Summarizing Texts

English Literature: Skills

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.
Analysis of Text

Analysis of Text

English Literature: Skills

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.
Symbolism

Symbolism

English Literature: Skills

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.
Annotating

Annotating

English Literature: Skills

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.
Nonfiction Text Features

Nonfiction Text Features

English Literature: Skills

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.
Determine an Author's Purpose

Determine an Author's Purpose

English Literature: Skills

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.
Context Clues

Context Clues

English Literature: Skills

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.
Analyzing Word Choice

Analyzing Word Choice

English Literature: Skills

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
Identifying & Evaluating Evidence

Identifying & Evaluating Evidence

English Literature: Skills

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.
Finding the Main Idea

Finding the Main Idea

English Literature: Skills

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.
Making Inferences

Making Inferences

English Literature: Skills

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.
The Elements of Fiction

The Elements of Fiction

English Literature: Skills

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.
Breaking Down Arguments

Breaking Down Arguments

English Literature: Skills

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

English Literature: Skills

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.
Theme

Theme

English Literature: Skills

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.
Analyzing People, Events & Ideas

Analyzing People, Events & Ideas

English Literature: Skills

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.
Context

Context

Nailing Non-fiction: Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own

Join us for a detailed lesson on the Context of Virginia Woolf’s iconic essay, ‘A Room of One’s Own’. Learn how history, culture, and Woolf’s personal circumstances had a direct impact on her exploration of key themes in the essay: Male...Show More
Chapters 5-6 Summary

Chapters 5-6 Summary

Nailing Non-fiction: Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own

This is the grand finale of Virginia Woolf’s famous essay A Room of One’s Own. Join us to find out how she brings all the strands of her argument together, and ends it with a poetic bang. What does Woolf see for the future of literature? Do...Show More
Chapters 3-4 Summary

Chapters 3-4 Summary

Nailing Non-fiction: Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own

Join us for a tour through literary history. In this lesson, Woolf explores the reasons why women have a less robust literary tradition. As the narrator peruses her bookshelves, we meet the heroes of women’s literature… and a few ghosts from...Show More
Chapters 1-2 Summary

Chapters 1-2 Summary

Nailing Non-fiction: Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own

If Virginia Woolf was meant to deliver a lecture titled ‘Women and Fiction’, why did she call it ‘A Room of One’s Own’? Be part of the audience as Woolf begins the story of how she came to a very important conclusion. It all starts with...Show More
Context

Context

Powering through Prose: Ray Bradbury - The Pedestrian

Ray Bradbury always had an eerie knack for predicting the future. How? By paying careful attention to dominant ideas and events in his time. Join us for an overview of Bradbury’s life and influences. We’ll also look at how 1950s, post-war...Show More
Theme of Individuality and Conformity

Theme of Individuality and Conformity

Powering through Prose: Ray Bradbury - The Pedestrian

It’s usually easier to just fit in and go with the flow, right? But when we conform, we are easier to control. No thanks! In ‘The Pedestrian’, Ray Bradbury shows us what happens when our freedom and individuality are taken from us. Join us...Show More
Theme of Media and Technology

Theme of Media and Technology

Powering through Prose: Ray Bradbury - The Pedestrian

Ever since the advent of the smartphone we’ve seen a rapid uptick in the influence of technology over our everyday lives. But Ray Bradbury predicted this, all the way back in the 1950s! In The Pedestrian, Bradbury projects his mind forward 100...Show More