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SAT Literature: Literary Genres - Chapter Summary
Genre simply means type, class, or category of a literary work, and knowing the genre of a particular work or excerpt can give you many clues about the writer's intentions and, therefore, his or her meaning. Use our video lessons to help you understand a wide variety of genres, from nonfiction essays to parodies. This chapter includes the following lessons:
- Literary Forms and Genres: How They Affect Meaning
- Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence
- Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories
- The Fable, Folktale, Myth, and Legend: Differences and Examples
- Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms
- Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing
These lessons will introduce you to genres you may not have studied yet as well as the more familiar ones, including the vocabulary associated with them. The lessons are broken down into short, digestible bites so you don't get overwhelmed, and brief quizzes come after each lesson, so you can test yourself.
SAT Literature Objectives
You'll benefit from taking the SAT literature test in several ways, from showcasing your English-language knowledge for college applications to preparing for material you'll study in depth when you get to college to demonstrating skills you've picked up outside the classroom. The exam focuses on what high schools commonly teach, but don't worry if you're not already familiar with all the excerpts you'll read on the test. If you're armed with good reading comprehension skills and knowledge about the parts of literature, you're well prepared.
You'll answer questions about 6-8 sets of passages. Genres represented on the exam include drama/plays (about ten percent of the exam), prose including essays and fiction (40%-50% of the exam), and poetry (the other 40%-50%). The exam consists of approximately 60 multiple-choice questions - the same types of questions you'll practice in each lesson module.
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. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples
Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.
5. 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.
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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Other chapters within the SAT Subject Test Literature: Practice and Study Guide course
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Reading and Understanding Essays
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Interpreting Theme & Meaning in Literature
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Figurative Language in Literature
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Poetry Terms & Types
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Drama
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Prominent Plays & Playwrights
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Analyzing American Literature
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Literary Periods in American History
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Authors & Works from English Literature
- SAT Subject Test Literature: American Novelists
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Periods in English Literature
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Writing Structure & Organization
- SAT Subject Test Literature: Language and Sentence Structure