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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
|Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose||This lesson covers prose structure and the meaning of key literary terminology.|
|How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide||Students examine the comprehension, interpretation and drawing conclusions steps of literary analysis.|
|Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories||The instructor teaches students about the types of fiction and their characteristics.|
|Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works||With 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 & Topics||Students explore the different takes genres and literary forms have on similar topics.|
|Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples||The instructor teaches students the components of setting in fictional works.|
|Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction||Students learn about the types of characters as well as direct and indirect characterization.|
|Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots||This lesson centers on the elements of plot and how subplots enhance a story's main plot.|
|Point of View: First, Second & Third Person||The instructor distinguishes between first, second and third person points of view in literature.|
|Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions||Students learn about the types of narrators and how each impacts the way stories are presented to readers.|
|What is a Flashback in Literature? Definition & Examples||In this lesson, students discover methods of incorporating flashbacks into fictional works.|
|What is Theme in Literature? - Definition, Examples & Quiz||Students learn what literary themes are and how writers develop them in their work.|
|Interpreting Tone in Fiction||The instructor explains the types of tones and how authors create certain tones in works of fiction.|
|Drawing Inferences in Fiction||Students learn what inferences are and practice making them using example passages.|
|Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction||This 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 Character||Students compare and contrast historical accounts of time periods, places or people with authors' fictional portrayals of them.|
|Comparing an Original Story to Its Film Version||With 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 Decisions||The instructor shows students how certain events or lines of dialogue affect characters' actions or decisions.|
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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- 8th Grade Language Arts: Verbs, Tenses & Agreement
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Sentence Types & Components
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Word Knowledge
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Figurative Language
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Poetry Types, Devices & Elements
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Drama
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Informational Texts
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Using Source Materials
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Writing
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Argumentative Writing
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Listening
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Public Speaking
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Speech Development
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Speech Delivery & Evaluation
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Collaborative Discussion