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Ch 21: CSET English IV: Genres and Literary Forms

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Let us help you review information on literary genres, literary criticism and literary movements, as you study for the CSET English Subtest IV exam. You'll be prepared to tackle questions related to these topics after completing our video lessons and quizzes.

CSET English IV: Genres and Literary Forms - Chapter Summary

Brush up on literary terms, the characteristics of various types of writing and literary movements as you prepare for the CSET English Subtest IV exam. These short videos and multiple-choice quizzes will aid you in reviewing the following:

  • Types of fiction
  • Epistolary writing
  • Poetry as literature
  • Literary non-fiction
  • Poetry and prose literary terms
  • Literary theory
  • Periods and movements in literature
  • Steps in analyzing a literary passage

You can watch these lessons on a computer or mobile device as your schedule allows, one at a time or sequentially. The videos include timeline tags for key topics, making it easy to go back for review.

CSET English IV: Genres and Literary Forms Chapter Objectives

In California, you must pass the CSET English exam in order to get a teaching license in the subject. There are four subtests on the CSET English exam. This chapter's video lessons prepare you for Subtest IV, which consists of four short essay questions on various types of communications. The questions involve media, speech and creative performance. You can use the multiple-choice quizzes that accompany each of our videos to gauge your knowledge prior to exam day.

7 Lessons in Chapter 21: CSET English IV: Genres and Literary Forms
Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

1. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

2. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

3. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

4. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

5. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

6. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements

7. Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements

In this lesson, we'll define the mystery genre of detective writing and examine some of the characteristics and elements that make this genre unique, such as the use of dramatic tension.

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