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Ch 8: PSAT Reading - Literary Terms: Tutoring Solution

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The Reading: Literary Terms chapter of this PSAT Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about literary terms. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the types of literary terms required in a typical PSAT prep course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other PSAT prep work.
  • Identify the literary terms concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our PSAT Prep Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn literary terms and prepare for the exam. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding literary motifs, symbolism and imagery, metaphors, paradoxes, foreshadowing, allegory or any other literary terms topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their learning
  • Prefer learning reading skills visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their literary terms unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in preparing for the PSAT
  • Don't have access to their PSAT instructor outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning about literary terms simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live PSAT tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn about literary terms on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives:

  • Look at examples of motifs, symbolism and imagery used in literature.
  • Understand metaphors and similes.
  • Discover types of irony.
  • Compare illusion and allusion.
  • Look for various types of foreshadowing in literature.
  • Study apostrophe and personification.
  • Examine types of narrators used in literature.

17 Lessons in Chapter 8: PSAT Reading - Literary Terms: Tutoring Solution
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.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

2. 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.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

3. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

5. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

6. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

7. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

8. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

9. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

10. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

11. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.

Ambiguity in Literature: Definition & Examples

12. Ambiguity in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define ambiguity and discuss how our everyday conversations may be ambiguous. We will also look at ambiguity in literature, including why an author may choose to use it as a literary device and how it may affect the audience.

Fable in Literature: Definition & Examples

13. Fable in Literature: Definition & Examples

What do lions, tigers, and bears have to do with learning how to be a better human? Find out when you read this lesson on fables and look at a few examples of this ancient literary genre.

Suspense in Literature: Definition & Examples

14. Suspense in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will discover the importance of suspense in creating a captivating story. You will learn several techniques authors use to create suspense and review examples.

Tragicomedy: Definition & Examples

15. Tragicomedy: Definition & Examples

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie that made you laugh and cry? Chances are it was a tragicomedy. Keep reading to find out more about this unique form of drama and read about a few examples.

What is a Footnote? - Examples & Styles

16. What is a Footnote? - Examples & Styles

In this lesson, you will learn how to use a footnote in literary writing. You will also learn about the different styles of writing when inserting a footnote into your piece of writing.

What is Essay Critique? - Definition & Examples

17. What is Essay Critique? - Definition & Examples

This lesson explains what it means to critique an essay in an academic setting, and it also sets forth an example of how to critique essays thoroughly and thoughtfully.

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