Identifying the Right Title for the Passage

We use words or phrases to identify or name everything around us. Fruits, flowers, movies, even our favourite action figures.

Imagine reading a book with no title!

Just like everything needs a name so we can easily identify them, passages too need a title.

In your exam, a question may ask you to get into the mind of the author to give the title for the passage.

Let us find out how to answer this question.

For doing this, you have to experience what the author may have felt or wanted to convey when writing the passage.

For such a question, firstly, be sure to look at the passage as a whole.

You need not read the passage closely. All you have to do is skim or quickly go through it and remember the main points.

If you pick up on keywords, the theme and the main ideas, then you can decide what the title should be.

Let's take a look at some points to remember while identifying titles.

Remember, a title is meant to convey the entire meaning of a passage.

You may hurry into thinking that the conclusion is the title but that’s a common mistake.

Let’s check out a few examples.

In this example, we can sense the author’s intention to help you keep fit and his or her enthusiasm for fitness.

A good title for the passage should cover the basic idea of the passage, and also express the author’s tone.

So a good title for the passage could be “Keeping fit for overall well-being.” Whereas a general title like “Physical fitness is good” does not tell us anything!

A good title covers a lot of information about the topic. Let’s try to give the following passage a title.

A general title like “Poverty in a country” doesn’t tell us much about the passage.

So a good title for this passage could be “The effects of poverty on the health of a nation.”

Let’s revise!

Identifying the title of a passage requires quick reading and analyzing of the passage.

A good title will not only cover the entire topic but will also convey the author’s tone.

That is all for now!