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Ch 2: Interpreting Theme & Meaning in Literature: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Interpreting Theme & Meaning in Literature chapter of this SAT Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master methods for interpreting theme and meaning. 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 interpreting theme and meaning in literature for the SAT.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering SAT subject test in literature material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn literature concepts for the SAT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding strategies for interpreting theme and meaning in literature
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about interpreting theme and meaning in literature for the SAT
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra literature learning 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 Interpreting Theme and Meaning in Literature 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 Interpreting Theme and Meaning in Literature chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about interpreting theme and meaning in literature. 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 an interpreting theme and meaning in literature unit of a standard SAT subject test in literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Inference
  • Close reading and big picture reading
  • Reading strategies for constructing meaning
  • Connotation and denotation
  • Literary motifs
  • Tone and mood in prose
  • Symbolism and imagery
  • Steps for analyzing a literary passage

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: Interpreting Theme & Meaning in Literature: 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.

Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

2. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

3. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

4. 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.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

5. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

6. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.

The Importance of Being Earnest: Irony & Satire Themes

7. The Importance of Being Earnest: Irony & Satire Themes

'The Importance of Being Earnest' is a comedic play written by Oscar Wilde. The story is filled with satire and irony regarding the lives of people in Victorian society. Learn more about the play and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Third Person Omniscient Narrator: Definition & Examples

8. Third Person Omniscient Narrator: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define third person omniscient. We will then discuss why an author would use this point of view and then look at examples in modern and classical literature.

What is Parallelism in Literature? - Definition & Examples

9. What is Parallelism in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Parallelism is a device used to make moments in literature memorable and alluring. Learn what makes parallelism such a powerful tool and read some famous literary examples.

Heart of Darkness & Apocalypse Now: Comparison

10. Heart of Darkness & Apocalypse Now: Comparison

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a short novel published in 1899. Apocalypse Now is an epic 1979 film by Francis Ford Coppola set during the Vietnam War. What do they have in common? Come up the river with me a little ways, and let's find out!

Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent: Meaning, Overview

11. Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent: Meaning, Overview

Perhaps no author is quoted more than William Shakespeare. Perhaps no Shakespeare quote is more popular than 'Now is the winter of our discontent.' Learn about the famous quote and both the real and fictionalized versions of King Richard III.

Song by John Donne: Summary & Analysis

12. Song by John Donne: Summary & Analysis

'Song' by John Donne might sound like an innocent piece of poetry, but it definitely touches on a sordid subject. Find out what that is in this lesson, when you explore a synopsis of the poem and see it analyzed.

What is External Conflict in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples

13. What is External Conflict in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn how a conflict drives a story. External conflicts are examined with examples from classic and modern literature to demonstrate the concepts.

Leitmotif in Literature: Definition & Examples

14. Leitmotif in Literature: Definition & Examples

We've all seen them time and again, but you might not know what they're called or what they really do. Never fear! In this lesson, you'll learn all about leitmotifs and get to see them employed in some famous literary examples.

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