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Ch 9: 8th Grade Language Arts: Understanding Literature

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This language arts chapter contains entertaining video lessons to help 8th graders master the terminology needed to conduct literary analysis. Multiple-choice quizzes accompany each lesson; these and the chapter exam allow students the chance to check their understanding of the material.

8th Grade Language Arts: Understanding Literature - Chapter Summary

Typically lasting under 10 minutes, the fun video lessons in this chapter teach 8th graders the important terms and concepts they need to know to analyze literature. The engaging instructors discuss the types of fiction, narrators and points of view. Several examples are provided so students can grasp key literary elements such as setting, plot, theme and characterization. Your 8th grader can submit questions to instructors for additional help and study the lesson transcript for reinforcement. You can asses their comprehension of these topics by having him or her take lesson quizzes and the chapter exam.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

LessonObjective
Glossary of Literary Terms: ProseThis lesson covers prose structure and the meaning of key literary terminology.
How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step GuideStudents examine the comprehension, interpretation and drawing conclusions steps of literary analysis.
Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short StoriesThe instructor teaches students about the types of fiction and their characteristics.
Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious WorksWith this lesson, students learn how authors draw from traditional stories, myths and religious works when writing modern fiction.
How Different Literary Genres Approach Similar Themes & TopicsStudents explore the different takes genres and literary forms have on similar topics.
Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & ExamplesThe instructor teaches students the components of setting in fictional works.
Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in FictionStudents learn about the types of characters as well as direct and indirect characterization.
Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & SubplotsThis lesson centers on the elements of plot and how subplots enhance a story's main plot.
Point of View: First, Second & Third PersonThe instructor distinguishes between first, second and third person points of view in literature.
Narrators in Literature: Types and DefinitionsStudents learn about the types of narrators and how each impacts the way stories are presented to readers.
What is a Flashback in Literature? Definition & ExamplesIn this lesson, students discover methods of incorporating flashbacks into fictional works.
What is Theme in Literature? - Definition, Examples & QuizStudents learn what literary themes are and how writers develop them in their work.
Interpreting Tone in FictionThe instructor explains the types of tones and how authors create certain tones in works of fiction.
Drawing Inferences in FictionStudents learn what inferences are and practice making them using example passages.
Interpreting Figurative Language in FictionThis lesson teaches students about the types of figurative language and how to identify it in passages.
Analyzing the Fictional Portrayal of a Time, Place or CharacterStudents compare and contrast historical accounts of time periods, places or people with authors' fictional portrayals of them.
Comparing an Original Story to Its Film VersionWith this lesson, students examine how original written stories differ from the staged, filmed or recorded versions.
Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or DecisionsThe instructor shows students how certain events or lines of dialogue affect characters' actions or decisions.

19 Lessons in Chapter 9: 8th 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.

Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

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.

How Different Literary Genres Approach Similar Themes & Topics

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.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

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.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

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.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

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.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

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.

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.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

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.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

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.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

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.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

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.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

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.

Analyzing the Fictional Portrayal of a Time, Place or Character

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.

Comparing an Original Story to Its Film Version

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.

Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or Decisions

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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