Ch 7: AP English: Prose Fiction

About This Chapter

Watch the short and engaging video lessons in this chapter on prose fiction to learn more about characterization, plot, setting and style in fiction. You can take self-assessment quizzes to ensure you fully comprehend the materials.

AP English: Prose Fiction - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

When writing prose fiction, you place your focus on storytelling techniques like narrative, dialogue and characterization, allowing readers to escape reality and enter your imagination. In this chapter, we take a closer look at various types of fiction you might encounter and define processes writers use to bring their stories to life. The video lessons will examine the definition of fiction, as well as how plot, flashbacks and theme are all used. You can also watch the videos to understand the importance of setting in literature and learn more about the elements of style used in fiction.

In addition to watching video lessons, you can take multiple-choice quizzes to reinforce the knowledge you've gained on prose fiction. You can also access timelines that allow you to jump to specific topics in the videos. If you have any questions regarding this chapter, instructors are available to offer assistance. After completing this chapter, you should be able to identify:

  • Novels, novellas and other forms of fiction
  • Setting in fiction like time, place and atmosphere
  • The purpose of plot in fiction
  • How character roles and dialogue are used in fiction
  • Dialect and figures of speech

VideoObjective
What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types Discover the definition of fiction.
Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories Differentiate between the types of fiction, including novels, novellas and short stories.
Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples Take a closer look at time, place and atmosphere to explore how setting is used in fiction.
Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction Examine how characterization is used in fiction, including character roles and dialogue.
Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots Study the use of plot in fiction, along with its major parts and purpose.
What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples Learn why flashbacks are used as a plot in fiction.
What is Theme in Literature? - Definition, Examples & Quiz Define theme and learn how it is used in fiction to infer the main idea.
Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech Identify the special elements of style used in fiction.

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: AP English: Prose Fiction
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What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

1. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

2. 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.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

3. 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.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

4. 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.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

5. 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.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

6. 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.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

7. 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.

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