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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the SAT Literature: Help and Review course
- Reading and Understanding Essays in Literature: Help and Review
- Interpreting Theme & Meaning in Literature: Help and Review
- Figurative Language in Literature: Help and Review
- Language and Sentence Structure: Help and Review
- Writing Structure & Organization in Literature: Help and Review
- Poetry Terms & Types: Help and Review
- Drama: Help and Review
- Literary Periods in American History: Help and Review
- Analyzing American Literature: Help and Review
- Prominent Plays & Playwrights: Help and Review
- American Novelists: Help and Review
- Periods in English Literature: Help and Review
- Authors & Works from English Literature: Help and Review