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Ch 16: NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Fiction

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Watch video lessons and take practice quizzes to brush up on literary fiction for the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam.

NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Fiction - Chapter Summary

Study for questions on the NES ELA exam with this chapter on analyzing and interpreting literary fiction. By the end of the chapter, you'll have covered the following topics:

  • Types of fiction
  • Dialogue, character roles and plot in fiction
  • American fiction and short story plot techniques and examples
  • Tone, style and figurative language
  • Making inferences in fiction
  • Ways fiction draws on themes from other works
  • Comparing fictional depictions to real historical accounts

This chapter is broken down into brief video lessons that explain essential fiction concepts in ten minutes or less. Watch the lessons as many times as you'd like until you've mastered the material. Assess what you know and what you still need to work on with practice quizzes and the chapter exam.

NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Fiction Objectives

Use these lessons to study for literary fiction questions in the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature subarea of the NES ELA exam, which makes up about 23% of the total test score. For literary fiction questions, you'll be tested on characteristics and different forms of literary fiction, literary devices and techniques, the use of point of view, tone, voice and mood, structural elements, word choice, plot, setting, characterization and central themes.

The NES ELA exam is part of the certification requirements for aspiring English teachers in some states. The test has 150 multiple-choice questions on reading, literature and communications, and takes three hours to complete.

11 Lessons in Chapter 16: NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Fiction
What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

1. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

2. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

In this lesson, we will talk about characters and characterization. We will explore the various types of characters, examine some methods of characterization, and pay special attention to the role of dialogue.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

3. Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

This lesson explores plot in fiction. We will define the term, explore the various parts of a plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution), and learn about subplots.

Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

4. Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

A novel's plot involves more than just what happens in the story. Authors employ a number of techniques, including foreshadowing, red herrings, backstory, and B-plots to enrich their stories.

Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples

5. Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples

Identifying the tone, setting, and mood in a short story can help you analyze that story. In this lesson, we'll think about those literary features in the context of a few well-known American short stories.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

6. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

7. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

8. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

9. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

10. How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

How do classic characters like Cinderella translate for our times? In this lesson, we'll discuss theme in literature, and you'll read about an example of how authors sometimes draw on themes from already existing works to appeal to contemporary audiences.

Comparing & Contrasting a Fictional Portrayal to Historical Accounts

11. Comparing & Contrasting a Fictional Portrayal to Historical Accounts

Many novels take events or people from history and treat them in a fictional manner. The author may make significant changes to the historical facts, but in doing so it can give the reader a deeper understanding of history.

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