• Unit 2: Outlining the Craft and Structure of Texts

    This unit covers the second reading competency: recognizing and evaluating the craft and structure of texts. This unit asks you to consider how authors use words, phrases, and organization to create meaning in a text. By examining these elements, you'll be able to identify the author's purpose and major claims and how the context of their details affects the text's meaning.

    In this unit, you'll learn strategies for interpreting meaning and consider how language choices influence a text. You'll also look at the role tone plays in texts and the different ways a text may be organized.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 1 hour.

    • 2.1: How Words Affect Meaning

      Words have meaning. That seems like a simple statement – and kind of obvious, right? But, how do we as readers figure out what that meaning is?

      In this section, we'll review the different ways words and phrases can convey meaning. Knowing when a word is straightforward or implies something else will help you better understand the text's overall purpose. These lessons and exercises will build your reading comprehension skills and strengthen your ability to answer exam questions about specific word uses.

    • 2.2: The Meaning of Structure and Style

      In addition to which words an author uses, how they organize their ideas tells us a lot. In this section, we'll look at how authors can set up their ideas to make their purpose and conclusions clear to the reader. These resources will offer you strategies for identifying organization patterns, comprehending how ideas are linked, and finding the overall meaning of a text.

    • Unit 2 Assessment

      • Receive a grade