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Analyzing Drama & Literature - Chapter Summary
Some questions on the CAHSEE's English language arts portion assess your ability to evaluate the aesthetic qualities, narrative devices, plot structures, themes and traditions of an author's work. Prepare for them with this chapter's video lessons on the elements of fiction and drama. Topics of study include:
- Tone and mood
- Plot, setting and symbolism
- Timing and sequence
- Dialogue and staging
Lessons include short, engaging videos explaining the terminology used to discuss literature and drama as well as strategies for identifying the significance of various literary devices. There are also quizzes you can use to assess your understanding of these concepts and transcripts that provide lesson summaries at a glance.
Analyzing Drama & Literature - Objectives
The CAHSEE's English language arts portion is one part of a two-part exam used by California to assess prospective high school graduates' reading and writing skills. Lessons included in this chapter are designed to help you study for the Literary Response and Analysis section, which includes 20 of the exam's 72 multiple-choice questions.
You'll be asked to read a short passage and identify characteristics of tragedy, comedy and dramatic monologue or analyze such literary devices as character interaction and plot development. You could even be asked to evaluate the significance of an author's biographical information and the time period in which a work was written.
1. What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character
This literature lesson will teach you the difference between prose and other writing. You'll also learn how to analyze characters and foreshadowing to better understand the author's intentions, theme, and underlying meanings.
2. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose
In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.
3. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism
Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.
4. Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern
Nearly every story has a hero, but some are better off by the end of the story than others. In this video, we learn what is so tragic about the hero in a tragedy.
5. Dramatic Comedy: History and Types
Everyone loves to laugh, and sometimes it's at the most inappropriate times. Even the ancient Greeks loved a dirty joke or two! Learn more in this video about dramatic comedy, its history and types.
6. Character Motivation: Definition & Examples
What makes a character tick? In this lesson, we will examine the concept of character motivation and why it is so important in telling a believable story.
7. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.
8. What is a Character Trait? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will assist you in identifying, developing and understanding character traits through analysis. It will allow you to explore how character traits can be found and applied to different forms of literature and real-life scenarios.
9. First Person Narrator: Definition & Example
In this lesson, we will define first person narrator and discuss some of its limitations. We will also look at several different examples of first person narration.
10. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection
Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.
11. Practice Analyzing Dialogue
Secrets, revelations, and dramatic moments often unfold through important conversations. So when we are reading a novel, short story, or play, we need to be able to analyze dialogue to understand its purpose and importance.
12. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course
When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.
13. What is Historical Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors
Learn about a genre that takes our actual past and mixes in fictional elements. This lesson breaks down the definition of historical fiction and describes popular examples in literature.
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Other chapters within the CAHSEE English Exam: Test Prep & Study Guide course
- Improving Reading Comprehension
- Elements of Literature
- Reading Informational Texts
- Evaluating Arguments and Reasoning
- Sentence Structure: Elements of Grammar
- Sentence Structure & Mechanics
- Correcting Errors in Sentences
- Types of Essays on the CAHSEE
- Fundamentals of Essay Writing
- The Writing Process: Development & Planning
- The Writing Process: Writing & Structuring an Essay
- The Writing Process: Revision and Skill Development
- CAHSEE English Exam Flashcards