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Ch 6: Literary Genres: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Literary Genres chapter of this SAT Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master literary genres. 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 genres for the SAT.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material for the SAT subject test in literature 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 literary forms and genres
  • 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 literary genres 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 Literary Genres 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 Literary Genres chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about literary genres. 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 genres unit of a standard SAT subject test in literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Relationship between literary forms and meaning
  • Influence of Native American oral tradition
  • Types of fiction
  • Differences between fables, folktales, legends and myths
  • Forms of non-fiction
  • Epistolary writing forms
  • Types of humorous writing

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: Literary Genres: Help and Review
Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence

1. Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence

Native American nations have a rich oral tradition of storytelling. In this lesson, we'll explore the heritage and themes of American Indian stories and look at how they influenced later American literature.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

2. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

3. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.

Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

4. 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.

Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing

5. Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing

Learn about how writers use satire, parody and spoof to make their readers laugh and think. Explore how these forms mock the conventions of specific literary works and genres.

Pastoral Poems: Definition & Examples

6. Pastoral Poems: Definition & Examples

Pastoral poetry has to do with shepherds and the simplicity of life in the country, where life is free from the corruption of the city. In this lesson, we will take a look at the genre of pastoral poetry, and take a look at a few pastoral poems, as well.

What is an Autobiographical Essay? - Definition & Examples

7. What is an Autobiographical Essay? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll explore the definition and purpose of the autobiographical essay, including some famous literary examples. We'll also help you develop some tips to writing your own autobiographical essay.

Albert Camus: Biography, Novels & Short Stories

8. Albert Camus: Biography, Novels & Short Stories

This lesson discusses the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus, particularly his most famous work, The Stranger.

An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge: Summary & Setting

9. An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge: Summary & Setting

The fictional short story 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' recounts the events leading up to and immediately following the hanging of a Confederate sympathizer by the Union Army. Complete the lesson to find out what happened and if he survives.

Paranormal Romance: Definition, Books & Authors

10. Paranormal Romance: Definition, Books & Authors

If you're looking for stories about lovable monsters or steamy shape-shifters, you might want to check out the subgenre of paranormal romance. Learn more about this eerily romantic subgenre in this lesson and encounter some prominent authors and their works.

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