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Literary Text Analysis - Chapter Summary
Analyzing literary texts involves more than just summarizing the basic plot arc of the story. These lessons have been designed to help students understand all the elements that contribute to a work of literature, as well as different strategies for analyzing these elements.
To make this topic easier for students to understand, the chapter has been split up into miniaturized lessons. Each lesson focuses on a single aspect of literary text analysis. As students work their way through the lessons, they get a better understanding of key concepts, vocabulary words, and related examples. Furthermore, students can always re-examine the lessons if the information doesn't make sense, and, as an added resource, students can send their questions directly to the site experts. After students make their way through this chapter, they should be able to:
- Use a step-by-step process to analyze passages of literature
- Understand how genre and literary form impacts meaning
- Establish the plot of a story
- Outline and identify characterization in literature
- Understand character aspects through the use of dialogue
- Figure out how the setting shapes the story
- Identify themes in literatary works
- Understand how figures of speech and dialect contribute to literary style
- Map how traditional story, myth and religion inspire modern fiction
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. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning
In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.
3. 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.
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. How Dialogue Reveals Aspects of a Character
What we choose to say when we're secretive, angry, excited, or worried helps others understand our personalities. In this lesson, we're going to analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama reveal aspects of a character.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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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- Epic & Myth: The Odyssey & Perseus and Medusa
- Novel Exemplars: Night & Animal Farm
- Drama: To Kill a Mockingbird & Romeo and Juliet
- Poetry: Hope is the Thing with Feathers, The Raven & In Just
- Nonfiction Texts: Gettysburg Address & Washington's Farewell
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- 9th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing
- 9th Grade English: Informative & Technical Writing
- 9th Grade English: Narrative Writing
- 9th Grade English: The Writing Process
- 9th Grade English: Research Skills
- 9th Grade English: Speaking & Listening Skills