Ch 40: ACT Reading - Literary Terms: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The ACT Reading - Literary Terms chapter of this ACT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master literary terms for the ACT test. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of literary terms.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering ACT preparation material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn ACT topics. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding various types of literary devices
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of preparing for the ACT (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about literary terms
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra ACT preparation resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the ACT Reading - Literary Terms chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the ACT Reading - Literary Terms chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any literary terms question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a literary terms unit of a standard ACT prep course. Topics covered include:

  • Literary motifs
  • Symbolism and imagery in literature
  • Types of irony
  • Allusion and illusion
  • Personification and apostrophe

18 Lessons in Chapter 40: ACT Reading - Literary Terms: Help and Review
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What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

1. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

Literary motifs are defined as objects or ideas that recur throughout a work of literature. Discover important terms such as major theme, minor theme, subject, and thematic statement (and how they relate to motifs), as well as examples of motifs from 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Sense and Sensibility.'

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

2. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Irony is a literary device used in novels, plays, songs, and even everyday communication to humorously or emphatically react when reality does not meet expectations. Explore the definitions and examples of irony, and learn about the types of irony, including verbal, situational, and dramatic.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

3. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

Cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations can be useful writing tools that strengthen documents when used appropriately. Learn the definitions of cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and explore examples of how to use them.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

4. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Authors of many different genres use foreshadowing to clue the reader in about future events in the story. Learn about several types of foreshadowing, including forms of direct foreshadowing, such as omens and prophecies commonly used in classic dramas, intentional misdirects like red herrings, and subtle foreshadowing, such as Chekhov's Gun and symbolic foreshadowing, which are seen more in contemporary works.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

5. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

In a literary work, narration is the 'point of view' from which the story is told. Discover examples and types of narration including omniscient, limited, and objective, as well as how each affects the scope and meaning of a story.

External Rhyme: Definition & Examples

6. External Rhyme: Definition & Examples

Part of what makes external rhymes create the beat or rhythm of a poem is following a specific pattern of rhyme. Learn about the melody of poetry and how to differentiate an external rhyme, in which the last word of each line of a poem rhymes, and an example of a rhyme scheme like a limerick, which is a poem that follows a specific pattern or beat.

Implied Metaphor: Definition & Examples

7. Implied Metaphor: Definition & Examples

The implied metaphor is a metaphor that implies the comparison rather than expresses it explicitly. Explore the definitions and various examples of metaphors and implied metaphors.

Literary Fiction: Definition & Examples

8. Literary Fiction: Definition & Examples

Literary fiction is defined as symbolic or thematic fiction considered to have literary merit through the incorporation of themes that reveal human truths. Explore the characteristics of literary fiction and check out some popular examples.

Active Verbs: Definition & Examples

9. Active Verbs: Definition & Examples

A verb can be classified as an active or a passive verb depending on the subject of the sentence. Discover the definition of an active verb, its difference from passive verbs, and how active verbs are used in a sentence.

Comparative Form: Definition & Examples

10. Comparative Form: Definition & Examples

The comparative form is often used in adjectives to compare two people, places, ideas, or things. Learn how comparative forms of adjectives are created and discover irregular comparative forms.

Synecdoche in Literature: Definition & Examples

11. Synecdoche in Literature: Definition & Examples

In literature, synecdoche is a literary device in which a part of the whole is used to describe the entirety of the whole. Learn how to define synecdoche and explore real-world examples of this figure of speech.

Tragic Irony: Definition & Examples

12. Tragic Irony: Definition & Examples

Tragic irony is a writing technique authors use to create interest for the reader into their story. Examine the differences between irony and tragic irony, and learn about specific examples from literary works.

Valorization: Definition & Social Role

13. Valorization: Definition & Social Role

'Valorization' might sound awfully romantic, but it's actually about growth of worth and the value of labor rather than 'valor'. Find out how to maximize your capital in this lesson, where you'll see valorization defined and discover its role in society.

What is a Dynamic Character? - Definition & Examples

14. What is a Dynamic Character? - Definition & Examples

A dynamic character will grow over the course of their story by learning a lesson, gaining maturity, or seeing any other change in their overall way of thinking. Using examples from literature, learn what makes a dynamic character.

What is a Gist? - Definition & Overview

15. What is a Gist? - Definition & Overview

The ability to pinpoint a gist, or the central meaning of something, is a crucial skill in our communicative abilities. Learn more through a full definition and a lesson with examples. You can then examine your knowledge with a quiz.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

16. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

The theme in literature pertains to the critical belief or message that the author wants to convey to readers. Understand the definition of the theme in literature with some examples.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

17. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

An author's purpose is simply their reasoning for writing. Learn the details of three main categories of purposes, such as persuasion, information, and entertainment, as well as examples of literature that perform each purpose.

Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

18. Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

The credentials that indicate whether a source is reliable are known as author credibility. Understand the definition and see examples of author credibility, examine how author credibility is determined, and learn about using websites as a source.

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