Ch 37: ACT Reading - Literary Terms: Tutoring Solution

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  • Begin your assignment or other ACT reading preparation work.
  • Identify the literary terms that you're stuck on.
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  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

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  • Struggle with understanding a literary allegory, comparison, motif, symbol or any other literary term
  • Have limited time for studying
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  • Find themselves struggling with literary terms
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Learning objectives

  • Provide some examples of literary motifs.
  • Describe how imagery and symbolism enrich literature.
  • Understand how metaphors and similes differ as literary comparisons.
  • Explain why allusions are different from illusions.
  • Discuss how clichés, equivocations or paradoxes can help or hurt writing.
  • Differentiate between the use of apostrophe and personification in literature.
  • Identify the different kinds of literary foreshadowing.
  • Provide a historical overview of literary allegories.
  • Explain the importance of narrators in literature.

22 Lessons in Chapter 37: ACT Reading - Literary Terms: Tutoring Solution
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What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

1. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

2. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

3. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

5. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

6. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

7. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

8. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

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

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

10. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

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.

Antimetabole: Definition & Examples

12. Antimetabole: Definition & Examples

It's easy to get turned around trying to figure out what 'antimetabole' is, but this lesson should help point you in the right direction. Keep reading to find out more about this emphatic rhetorical device and see some recognizable examples.

Aphorism in Literature: Definition & Examples

13. Aphorism in Literature: Definition & Examples

''The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.'' - Eminem. What do Eminem and great writers have in common? They both know how to spit some sweet aphorisms - concise expressions of ideas or principles. In this lesson you'll read some other examples and test your newfound knowledge with a quiz.

Coming of Age Novel: Definition & Examples

14. Coming of Age Novel: Definition & Examples

Growing up is hard to do. In this lesson, we will take a look at coming of age novels, including how a boy named Holden fought teenage angst and a little girl named Scout dealt with racism in the South.

Empiricism: Definition, Meaning & Philosophy

15. Empiricism: Definition, Meaning & Philosophy

Empiricism is a philosophical perspective based on experience and observation. Learn more about the definition of empiricism and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Epilogue: Definition & Examples

16. Epilogue: Definition & Examples

Learn the definition of an epilogue and see a famous example of an epilogue in literature. Understand how to create an epilogue for your own writing.

Faustian Bargain: Definition & Overview

17. Faustian Bargain: Definition & Overview

Would you be willing to sacrifice your soul to the devil in exchange for anything you've ever dreamed or desired? In this lesson, we will take a look at the popular storytelling theme, the Faustian bargain.

Hyperbole in Literature: Definition & Examples

18. Hyperbole in Literature: Definition & Examples

Hyperbole, or exaggeration used to make a point, is a common and colorful technique in literature. Learn more through a comprehensive definition and multiple examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

19. Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

Find out what author credibility is and how it makes a difference to your research paper. Learn how to determine author credibility and where to find reliable sources.

Tragic Flaw: Definition & Examples

20. Tragic Flaw: Definition & Examples

This lesson focuses on the tragic flaw of characters in literature. Read on to learn the definition of a tragic flaw and go over examples, both in modern and classic literature.

Urban Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

21. Urban Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

Urban fiction represents the voice of the inner city. In this lesson, we will learn about what it means for a novel to be labelled as street lit, and also explore some of the genre's greatest writers and most popular works.

What is Semiotics? - Definition & Examples

22. What is Semiotics? - Definition & Examples

Discover what semiotics is and learn how words make meaning. You'll also become familiar with the importance of Ferdinand de Saussure to linguistic studies and literary theory, including his semiotic model of the signified and signifier.

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