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10th Grade English: Literary Text Analysis - Chapter Summary
By studying the material in these short lessons, students can learn how to break down a literary work or passage and by doing so, get the most out of it. Our instructors teach the important aspects of plot, characterization, theme, voice, style and much more. The lessons are quick, between five and ten minutes long. Each comes with a self-assessment quiz, and a test at the end of the chapter helps students to track their overall progress. Readily available via any Internet-capable device, these lessons fit easily into any schedule. Upon completion of the chapter, students should be able to:
- Conduct analyses of plot, characterization, voice and theme
- Identify the setting of a story
- Understand what structure means in literature and cite examples
- Describe the types of narrators in literature and define each one
- Explain style, describe the use of dialect, and identify figures of speech
- Discuss and examine the origins of modern fiction, including myths, religious works, and more
1. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide
In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.
2. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition
Plot is a literary term that refers to how narrative points are arranged to make a story understandable to the reader or observer. This lesson will look at the definition of plot, as well as examples of plot from well-known stories.
3. Character in Literature: Definition, Types & Development
What do Cinderella's stepsisters, Jeannine Matthews, and Neville Longbottom have in common? They are all characters in literature. This lesson focuses on what a character is by using specific examples to illustrate various types of characters.
4. Methods of Characterization in Literature
In this lesson, we'll examine five methods of characterization, including physical description, action, inner thoughts, reactions, and speech. An excerpt from a brief narrative is provided to show how authors use the various methods of characterization to develop characters and create images for the audience.
5. What is the Setting of a Story?
You may have learned about setting in elementary school, but the definition is actually a little more nuanced than just where a story takes place. This lesson explores differing aspects of setting and why it matters.
6. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples
Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.
7. Structure in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will learn exactly what is meant by structure of literature. Some common methods of organization are provided. The main focus will explore the narrative structure of literature, using the popular story of Cinderella to help understand the various elements associated with this structure.
8. 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.
9. Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what voice is in writing and how it can be used to make your writing unique. Take a look at some examples and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
10. 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.
11. Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works
In this lesson, we're going to see how myths, traditional stories, and religious writings serve as sources for modern fiction. We'll define each of these and look at examples of modern interpretations.
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Other chapters within the 10th Grade English: High School course
- 10th Grade English: Reading Skills
- 10th Grade English: Literary Terms & Devices
- Analyzing Short Stories
- Novel Exemplars: Grapes of Wrath & Fahrenheit 451
- Drama Characteristics: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
- Poetry Terms & Analysis: Percy Shelley & Shakespeare
- 10th Grade English: Nonfiction Text Analysis
- High School English: Media & Art Analysis
- 10th Grade English: Word Choice & Tone
- 10th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing
- 10th Grade English: Informative & Technical Writing
- 10th Grade English: Narrative Writing
- 10th Grade English: The Writing Process
- 10th Grade English: Research Skills
- High School English: Speaking & Listening Skills