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Ch 36: ACT Reading - Literary Terms: Help and Review

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The ACT Reading - Literary Terms chapter of this ACT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master literary terms for the ACT test. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of literary terms.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering ACT preparation material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn ACT topics. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding various types of literary devices
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of preparing for the ACT (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about literary terms
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra ACT preparation resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the ACT Reading - Literary Terms chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the ACT Reading - Literary Terms chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any literary terms question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a literary terms unit of a standard ACT prep course. Topics covered include:

  • Literary motifs
  • Symbolism and imagery in literature
  • Types of irony
  • Allusion and illusion
  • Personification and apostrophe

21 Lessons in Chapter 36: ACT Reading - Literary Terms: Help and Review
What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

1. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

2. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

3. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

5. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

6. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

7. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

8. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

9. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

10. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

11. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.

External Rhyme: Definition & Examples

12. External Rhyme: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will review the definition of rhyme and why it is a common trait of poetry. Then you will further analyze one type of rhyme: external rhyme.

Implied Metaphor: Definition & Examples

13. Implied Metaphor: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will review the metaphor as a figurative language device. More specifically, you will learn about the implied metaphor using examples to illustrate the concept.

Literary Fiction: Definition & Examples

14. Literary Fiction: Definition & Examples

Literary fiction is fiction that has value and merit in the social world. Learn about what makes fiction 'literary' through descriptions and famous examples.

Active Verbs: Definition & Examples

15. Active Verbs: Definition & Examples

Whether in resumes, fiction, or essays, the best way to convey meaning is to use active verbs. In this lesson, we will learn why using active verbs is important to great writing and how to recognize the difference between active and passive verbs.

Comparative Form: Definition & Examples

16. Comparative Form: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what the comparative form is and how to use the comparative form to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Synecdoche in Literature: Definition & Examples

17. Synecdoche in Literature: Definition & Examples

Learn more about synecdoche. How is it defined? How have legendary authors used it in their writing? Read on to explore how synecdoche functions in literature.

Tragic Irony: Definition & Examples

18. Tragic Irony: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will discover the importance of irony in literature. Then, you will look closer at a specific type of irony, tragic irony, and analyze examples.

Valorization: Definition & Social Role

19. Valorization: Definition & Social Role

'Valorization' might sound awfully romantic, but it's actually about growth of worth and the value of labor rather than 'valor'. Find out how to maximize your capital in this lesson, where you'll see valorization defined and discover its role in society.

What is a Dynamic Character? - Definition & Examples

20. What is a Dynamic Character? - Definition & Examples

This lesson provides an explanation of what a dynamic character is and explores some famous dynamic characters in literature, including Hamlet, Sherlock Holmes, Prince Hal, Harry Potter, and Neville Longbottom.

What is a Gist? - Definition & Overview

21. What is a Gist? - Definition & Overview

The ability to pinpoint a gist, or the central meaning of something, is a crucial skill in our communicative abilities. Learn more through a full definition and a lesson with examples. You can then examine your knowledge with a quiz.

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