Trace the Development of an Idea Over the Course of a Text

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How does a writer develop an idea over the course of a text? Tracing the development of a central idea can seem like a daunting undertaking; however, it is a reading comprehension skill that can be learned. Using “Of Our spiritual Strivings,” the first chapter of W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk as a text, the narrator of this short video models three steps that enable readers to develop this skill. Although part of a series of videos, the approach detailed here can be used alone and with any text.

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