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Ch 1: FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Key Ideas in Literature

About This Chapter

These lessons illustrate the key ideas in literature, including theme, plots and characters. As your students work through them, they can increase their understanding of and appreciation for literature while preparing for the FSA Grade 8 ELA exam.

FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Key Ideas in Literature - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter illustrate the key ideas in literature. Your students will learn how to find the elements that characterize books, plays, and poetry so that they can pass the FSA Grade 8 ELA exam. Students will learn about the following in these lessons:

  • Identifying the theme, main and central ideas in literature
  • Examining plot and climactic elements
  • Analyzing characters and characterization
  • Understanding and connecting elements of drama
  • How to interpret and identify the main idea of a scene
  • Understanding dialogue and motivation
  • Defining a summary

We highlight key vocabulary and terms in our lessons and transcripts so that students can identify and refer to them quickly and easily. To further save time, our timeline feature allows the student to move instantly to any section of a video lesson without having to replay the entire lesson from the beginning.

FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Key Ideas in Literature Chapter Objectives

The purpose of the FSA exams is to evaluate how well each student has progressed in each grade level and ensure that the student's advancement conforms to the standards imposed by the state of Florida. The lessons in our Key Ideas in Literature chapter address the reading competencies measured by the Grade 8 ELA test. The FSA Grade 8 ELA exam consists of 58-62 questions and combines both computer-based and paper-and-pencil elements. The questions may be multiple-choice, editing task, open response, multi-select, grid, equation or hot text.

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Key Ideas in Literature
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What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

1. 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.

Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

2. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

3. 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.

Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot

4. Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot

Once you can identify the plot, setting, characters, and theme of a story, there's still more to consider. In this lesson, you'll get a sense of how all four of those terms function together to have an effect on the reader.

How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

5. How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

In this lesson, we will discuss how to analyze a plot in three basic steps. We will take these three steps and break them down to understand how to analyze a plot by analyzing a fable.

Climax in Literature: Definition & Examples

6. Climax in Literature: Definition & Examples

Do you know how to identify the climax of a story? Learn what a climax is in literature, with examples from stories you might have read for class or on your own.

How to Analyze Characters in Literature: Explanation and Examples

7. How to Analyze Characters in Literature: Explanation and Examples

In this lesson, we will learn to analyze characters in literature by comprehending, interpreting and drawing conclusions about each character. We will look at a story to practice analyzing characters.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

8. 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.

Connecting Characters, Plot & Themes in a Text

9. Connecting Characters, Plot & Themes in a Text

Plot, theme, and characters are elements in almost every story, book, and play. In this lesson, you'll learn how they work together to create an impact on the reader, and you can test your understanding at the end with a short quiz.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

10. 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.

Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

11. Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

Essays usually have a stated main idea, but it's not as obvious in a play. In this lesson, you'll learn a technique that will help you determine the main idea and purpose of a dramatic scene.

Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

12. Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

Characters in plays have two ways of communicating with the audience and each other. They can use verbal or nonverbal forms of communication. In this lesson, you'll learn about how both are used in drama.

Character Motivation in a Drama

13. Character Motivation in a Drama

Motivation is a term that applies to many aspects of life. In this lesson, you'll apply the term to literature and learn how motivation functions in a play.

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

14. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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