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Ch 20: NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Prose

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Use the lessons and quizzes in this chapter to dust off your skills in analyzing and interpreting prose for the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam.

NES ELA: Analyzing and Interpreting Prose - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help you develop strategies for analyzing and interpreting prose in preparation for the NES ELA test. The chapter lessons will get you up to speed on the following topics:

  • Using foreshadowing and characterization to interpret meaning in prose
  • Prose terms
  • Epistolary writing
  • Prose poetry
  • Finding meaning using tone and mood
  • Humorous writing

Our instructors have compiled a series of brief lessons that will get you test-ready in no time. Use the self-assessment quizzes to test your understanding of lesson topics and get an idea of the types of questions you'll be asked on the NES exam.

NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Prose Chapter Objectives

These study resources will help you prepare for questions in the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature subarea of the NES ELA exam. This subarea as a whole counts for about 23% of the total test score. Use these lessons and quizzes to get ready for questions about some of the different forms of literature as well as the use of literary techniques and characterization.

The NES ELA exam is part of the certification process for prospective English teachers in some states. The test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. Expect the test to last three hours.

6 Lessons in Chapter 20: NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Prose
What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

1. What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

This literature lesson will teach you the difference between prose and other writing. You'll also learn how to analyze characters and foreshadowing to better understand the author's intentions, theme, and underlying meanings.

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.

Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples

3. Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples

What exactly is a prose poem? In this lesson, we will define prose poems, analyze characteristics of prose poetry, and learn about a few famous examples. We will wrap up the lesson with a short quiz to test our knowledge.

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.

Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

5. 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.

Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing

6. 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.

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