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TOPIC 3: READING FOR INFORMATION FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES
Reading information from different sources involves two types of reading which are extensive and intensive reading.
Intensive reading involves reading tasks, passages and information carefully with the aim of gaining knowledge from the information in the text.
Read the introduction: Many introductions contain valuable insights into the author’s life and his writing, both of which can enrich your understanding and appreciation of the work. It will often provide background knowledge on the novel.
Read carefully: This is no time for speed reading or skimming! A careful reading may seem slower, but you will ultimately save more time than if you have to reread everything. Begin reading the novel or short story as soon as it is assigned and read slowly and with attention to detail
READING NOVEL AND SHORT STORIES
When you are reading a novel or short story, the main areas of focus should be form and content.
Form refers to the writing style and techniques used and how the elements of design are implemented. Content refers to what is the literary work talking about
Parts of Forms
Plot - Reflection of motivation and causation.
No plot - The king died and then the queen died.
Plot - The king died, and then the queen died of grief.
Character - Is a fictional person who drives a story or who the story is about.
Setting - Awork’s natural, manufactured, political, cultural and temporal environment, including everything that characters know and own (place, time, objects).
Title - Is the name of the book
Writer/ author - this s the person who have written a story
Tone - Methods by which writers and speakers reveal attitudes or feelings
Style - Ways in which writers assemble words to tell a story, to develop an argument, dramatise, or they way they use certain words in the service of content.
Parts of Content
Theme: Results of general and abstract thinking in literature, themes relate to meaning, interpretation, explanation and significance.
Literature: embodies values along with themes are vital to an understanding and appreciation of literature
Themes: Are not as obvious as character or setting.
It is important to consider the meaning of what you’ve read and then develop an explanatory and comprehensive assertion.
Message: Is what the reader learns from a literally work.
The theme of a fable is its moral or teaching. The theme of a piece of fiction is its view about life and how people behave. In fiction, the theme is not intended to teach or preach. In fact, it is not presented directly at all. You extract it from the characters, action, and setting that make up the story. In other words, you must figure out the theme by yourself.
The writer's task is to communicate on common ground with the reader. Although the particulars of your experience may be different from the details of the story, the general underlying truths behind the story may be just the connection that both you and the writer are seeking.
Identifying main Features of Different Genres
A Novel is a factious prose narrative of book length, typically representing characters and actions with some degree of realism.
A Play is a work of art which involves performance in a stage, and dialogue.
Poetry: Is made up offigurative language, songs, symbolic language with emphasis on imagination, emotions, and heartfelt ideas written in stanza and verses. A stanza is a single line in a poem.