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Understanding Literature - Chapter Summary
Your 7th grader can use the short, informative video lessons in this chapter to build and improve his or her skills in literary analysis. The terms and concepts explored among the lessons -- all of which include a video, transcript and multiple-choice quiz -- mirror those discussed in a 7th grade language arts class. Topics such as characterization, setting, theme and the types of literary genres are covered. The chapter also teaches students how to use literary terminology to discuss works of prose. You can see how well your 7th grader understands these topics by having them complete the lesson quizzes and the chapter exam.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose||Students learn the meaning of key terms that are used in the study of prose.|
|How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide||This lesson covers the comprehension, interpretation and drawing conclusions steps of literary analysis.|
|Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories||Students learn to distinguish between novels, novellas and short stories.|
|Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works||The instructor discusses how writers use themes from traditional, religious and mythic works in modern fiction.|
|Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples||Students explore the types of literary genres and study the characteristics of each.|
|How Different Literary Genres Approach Similar Themes and Topics||Students compare and contrast how different forms of prose and poetry address similar themes.|
|Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples||In this lesson, students learn what a literary setting is and its components.|
|Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction||The instructor covers how writers use direct and indirect characterization to describe their characters' traits.|
|Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots||Students learn the components of plot and the role of subplots in fiction.|
|Point of View: First, Second & Third Person||This lesson teaches students to differentiate between first, second and third person points of view.|
|Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions||Students discover the types of narration and how they impact the story.|
|What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples||The instructor introduces ways that authors incorporate flashbacks in their writing.|
|What is Theme in Literature? - Definition, Examples & Quiz||Students explore examples of literary themes and learn how authors develop them in their work.|
|Interpreting Tone in Fiction||With this lesson, students learn ways to understand the tone of a fictional piece.|
|Drawing Inferences in Fiction||Students learn how to make inferences about fictional works.|
|Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction||The lesson covers the types of figurative language and how to identify them in fictional works.|
|Analyzing the Fictional Portrayal of a Time, Place or Character||Students compare and contrast fictional depictions of a historical figure or setting with true accounts of the subject.|
|Comparing the Original Story to the Film Version||In this lesson, students compare and contrast original literary works with their film, stage or audio versions.|
|Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or Decisions||Students examine how a story's events or dialogue impact subsequent actions and decisions as well as reveal character traits.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.
6. How Different Literary Genres Approach Similar Themes & Topics
Different genres may approach themes in different ways, but similarities are always present when dealing with complementary ideas. This lesson uses the theme of justice to explain how different genres handle similar ideas.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Analyzing the Fictional Portrayal of a Time, Place or Character
Authors often use real historical eras, events, and people to shape their fictional stories. In this lesson, we will explore how authors use and change historical accounts to fit their needs when writing stories.
18. Comparing an Original Story to Its Film Version
In this lesson we compare a book to its film version and discuss several things to examine and consider when rendering the comparison and examine To Kill a Mockingbird.
19. Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or Decisions
Having trouble analyzing a story? Not sure what events are important? Or how speech influences the story? This lesson describes how dialogue and incidents affect the plot and characters.
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