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Reading Between the Lines Study Guide

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at:

Reading Between the Lines Practice Exercises

SUMMARY

You'll use your powers of observation to recognize the theme, understand the author's purpose, predict effects, and analyze characters.

Review: What You've Learned

Here's a quick review of each lesson in this section.

Finding an Implied Main Idea. You learned how to find the main idea in passages without topic sentences and the overall theme, or message, in literature. You used clues in word choice, style, point of view, tone, structure, and action to find the theme.

Identifying an Author's Purpose. You learned that authors write for three main purposes: to inform, to persuade, and to entertain. You looked for clues to the purpose in the author's word choice, style, and structure.

Assuming Causes and Predicting Effects. You learned to read between the lines to find implied causes and effects. You looked for clues in action, structure, language, and style.

Analyzing Characters. You learned how to analyze and describe a character in literature. You saw how authors use characters to tell a story, and how readers connect to characters to experience the story's themes.

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at:

Reading Between the Lines Practice Exercises

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