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Ch 6: AP English: Prose

About This Chapter

Watch online English video lessons and learn about the characteristics of novels, short stories, fables and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP English course.

AP English: Prose - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

You might already be familiar with some types of prose. In fact, you've probably been assigned short stories or novellas to read in class, but did you know that myths and fables are also prose? What about letters? Use the videos included in this chapter to explore characteristics of everything from novels to some common forms of humor writing. Instructors can even help you examine techniques for analyzing their themes. By this chapter's end, you should be able to:

  • Use tone, mood, foreshadowing and character to interpret a work's meaning
  • Describe the differences in length between short stories, novellas and novels
  • Identify the uses of fables, folktales, myths and legends
  • Explain how letter and diary forms are used in fiction and non-fiction
  • Differentiate between satire, parody and spoof

Video Objectives
What Is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character Find out what distinguishes prose from poetry and drama. Explore how a work's foreshadowing and characterization can be used to explore its themes.
Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose Examine sample passages to learn the differences between tone and mood. Find out how they're used to convey meaning.
Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories Discover the differences between a novel, novella and short story.
The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples Examine the different characters and subject matter found in fables, folktales, myths and legends. Outline their uses to entertain and instruct.
Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms Explain the fictional and non-fictional uses of epistolary forms of writing. Learn how epistolary fiction differs slightly from diary-based fiction.
Satire, Parody or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing Understand the ways in which these three types of humor writing mock literary conventions.

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