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Ch 5: FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Interpreting Literature

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Our chapter on the interpretation of literature is perfect for helping your student prepare for the reading portion of the FSA - Grade 8 ELA. Lessons come with quizzes, and there's a practice exam to help ensure the student is ready for the real test.

FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Interpreting Literature - Chapter Summary

Your student needs more than a basic understanding of the words she is reading. In this chapter, our experienced instructors delve behind the face of the literary text to discuss meaning, sources, and how literary themes and topics echo through literary history. Lesson topics in this chapter include:

  • Difference between script and performed work
  • Interpretation of literary meaning
  • Personal response to literature
  • The Bible and literature
  • Myths and their use as literary sources
  • Sources of modern fiction
  • Intertextuality in literature
  • Themes repeated from previous work
  • Analyzing texts related by theme or topic

Lessons are available for as much review as the student needs. Video lessons come with written transcripts and topic-by-topic interactive timelines that help facilitate efficient review. Our instructors are available to answer questions through the system, and our lesson quizzes and the practice exam will keep your student sharp for test day.

FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Interpreting Literature - Chapter Objectives

Florida uses the FSA - Grade 8 ELA to judge the academic progress of 8th-grade students against state standards in English language arts. This chapter relates to the two computer-based reading assessments which last 85 minutes each. Questions are presented in several formats, including multiple-choice, open-response, and technology-enhanced or interactive.

12 Lessons in Chapter 5: FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Interpreting Literature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Film or Live Production vs. Text: Differences, Similarities & Analysis

1. Film or Live Production vs. Text: Differences, Similarities & Analysis

When someone takes a text or script and turns it into a play or film, it can change a great deal or only slightly. In this lesson, we'll analyze a few examples, evaluating the choices that were made.

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

2. 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.

Responding to Literature: Forming Your Point of View

3. Responding to Literature: Forming Your Point of View

In order to form a supported point of view on a piece of literature, you must be able to analyze and synthesize. Watch this video lesson to learn a few ways to hone those skills.

The Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion

4. The Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion

In this lesson, we'll consider the ways that many writers were influenced by various aspects of the Bible, both in the past and the present. We'll look at the way the Bible influences the stories and languages of writers and some allusions that authors make to the Bible.

The Bible and Literature

5. The Bible and Literature

In this lesson, we'll explore the idea of allusions in literature, particularly allusions to the Bible. When we understand the stories in the Bible, we'll recognize references to them in other types of literature we read.

What Are Myths? - Definition, Types & Examples

6. What Are Myths? - Definition, Types & Examples

Lots of us read or even studied the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian gods in grade school or middle school. Just about every culture has its own myths, stories about gods and their magical deeds. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the defining characteristics of myths, as well as some examples.

Roman Myths and Religion

7. Roman Myths and Religion

This lesson compares Roman gods to their Greek predecessors and enumerates the similarities and differences between Greek and Roman religion. Finally, Roman religion's relationship with mystery cults, especially Christianity, is briefly explored.

Greek Myth and Religion

8. Greek Myth and Religion

This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.

Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

9. Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

In this lesson, we're going to see how myths, traditional stories, and religious writings serve as sources for modern fiction. We'll define each of these and look at examples of modern interpretations.

Intertextuality in Literature: Definition & Examples

10. Intertextuality in Literature: Definition & Examples

Have you ever read something that you know you've seen somewhere before? Some people might explain this as 'intertextuality,' and they wouldn't be wrong. Find out more about this idea that goes much deeper than literary deja-vu in this lesson!

How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

11. How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

How do classic characters like Cinderella translate for our times? In this lesson, we'll discuss theme in literature, and you'll read about an example of how authors sometimes draw on themes from already existing works to appeal to contemporary audiences.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

12. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.

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