Ch 9: 6th Grade Language Arts: Understanding Literature

About This Chapter

The short video lessons in this chapter on understanding literature are designed to engage 6th graders and guide them through the steps and approaches to analyzing fictional prose. The self-check quizzes that accompany each lesson and the end-of-chapter assessment will track students' progress and ensure that they grasp crucial concepts.

6th Grade Language Arts: Understanding Literature - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter can be used to reinforce and clarify the way literary analysis tools are taught in a typical 6th grade classroom. Our fun videos simply and efficiently demonstrate the components of literary analysis, including tone, theme, figurative language and characterization, in addition to teaching students how to identify the importance of and draw inferences from these devices. Our lessons are also accompanied by short, multiple-choice quizzes useful for checking students' progress while the end-of-chapter exam will measure total comprehension of these literary terms and the ability to read prose critically.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

LessonObjective
Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose Students will familiarize themselves with key terms to understand literary analysis
How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide Dissect a prose passage part-by-part to highlight examples of the crucial terms learned in the previous lesson in practice.
Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories Excerpt examples will illustrate familiar types of fiction prose in context.
Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works Analyze how unique works of fiction draw on themes, motifs and character types from myths and religious stories, traditional stories, folklore or popular culture in new and insightful ways.
Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples Tropes and traits of literature will be organized to show collective patterns of similar themes and qualities.
How Different Literary Genres Approach Similar Themes and Topics Students will compare and contrast how different texts in different types or genres approach similar themes and topics.
Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples The conditional environments of fictional texts will be examined in context to show how time, space and place influence the events of a story.
Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction See how dialogue and interaction influence the developments of major and minor characters.
Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots Understand how plots are formed by unique significant events combined to create one central narrative.
Point of View: First, Second & Third Person Explore how the voice and mindset of characters influence the mood and intent of narrative.
Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions With point of view in mind, learn how a narrator controls the reader's experience (and whether their guidance can be trusted).
What is a Flashback in Literature?- Definition & Examples Learn how flashbacks can add context to current and future events in a narrative.
What is Theme in Literature? - Definition, Examples & Quiz Students will use contextual clues to identify one or more central ideals and concepts represented in a fictional text.
Interpreting Tone in Fiction Key details will help students identify the general quality of the text's attitude toward the subjects and events of the narrative and even toward the reader.
Drawing Inferences in Fiction Crucial details can be perceived upon closer examination in order to make presumptions about the text's intent.
Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction Students will use the glossary of terms provided in the first lesson and the tools they've learned along the way to unlock the secrets veiled behind figurative language, such as metaphor.
Analyzing the Fictional Portrayal of a Time, Place or Character Students will liken a fictional portrayal of a time, place or character and a real-life historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors use or alter history in fiction.
Comparing the Original Story to the Film Version A written story, drama or poem when adapted to its audio, filmed, staged or multimedia version undergoes a transformation that students will analyze using the effects of techniques unique to each medium with relevance to the original source material.
Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or Decisions Students will understand how characters' actions, internal monologue or external dialogue will determine the events of a narrative.

14 Lessons in Chapter 9: 6th Grade Language Arts: Understanding Literature
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Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

1. 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.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

2. 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.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

3. 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.

Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

4. 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.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

5. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

6. 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

7. 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.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

8. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

9. 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.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

10. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

11. 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.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

12. 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.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

13. 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.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

14. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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