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Ch 10: CSET English IV: Literary Forms and Genres

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The following lessons can help you learn how to analyze and talk about various literary forms and genres. Video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will assist you in answering questions on literary forms on the CSET English test.

CSET English IV: Literary Forms and Genres - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons offer a thorough overview of various types of literature, its history and how to analyze it. You'll learn the terminology of prose and poetry, as well as the story of literary movements of the past. The videos help you prepare for the test by covering these topics:

  • Using text to guide your interpretation of meaning
  • Novels, novellas and short stories
  • Letter and diary forms of epistolary writing
  • Overviews of poetry and fiction
  • Literary terms for prose and poetry
  • Literary theory: major critics and movements
  • A history of literary movements and literary periods
  • Analyzing a literary passage

These short, engaging lessons are led by skilled instructors who will show you how to look at literature as you prepare for the exam. You'll enjoy learning to understand and discuss various genres, and the self-assessment tests that accompany each lesson let you gauge your knowledge.

CSET English IV: Literary Forms and Genres Objectives

All aspiring teachers in California who want to be instructors in a particular subject area must pass the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). The CSET English test consists of four subtests that cover literature and textual analysis, as well as composition and rhetoric. The topics in the Literary Forms and Genres chapter are part of subtest IV, which consists of four short-response questions. The other parts of the CSET English test contain 100 multiple-choice questions and two long-response questions.

9 Lessons in Chapter 10: CSET English IV: Literary Forms and Genres
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Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

1. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

2. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.

Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

3. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

4. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

5. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

6. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

7. 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.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

8. 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.

Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements

9. Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements

In this lesson, we'll define the mystery genre of detective writing and examine some of the characteristics and elements that make this genre unique, such as the use of dramatic tension.

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