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Ch 4: FTCE Humanities: Genres in Prose

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Review our chapter to get a better understanding of genres of prose. In it you will find useful and practical material to help you prepare for the FTCE Humanities exam.

FTCE Humanities: Genres in Prose - Chapter Summary

In these interactive lessons, you will find vital pieces of information about the different types of fiction and writing techniques. Completing this chapter gives you a better understanding of:

  • Definition and characteristics of a novel
  • Myths, legends, fables and folktales
  • Epistolary writing
  • Types of humorous writing
  • The mystery genre

Develop your understanding of literature-related topics by looking through our video lessons. They are made to speed up the learning/reviewing process, as well as make learning fun. Go through our self-assessment quizzes to assess your knowledge of the topics in this chapter. If you need assistance, get help from one of our online instructors.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: FTCE Humanities: Genres in Prose
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Novels: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

1. Novels: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

We've all seen shelves full of them. We've all read at least one in our lifetimes. But could you give a definition of 'novel'? Keep reading to find out more about the novel's characteristics and encounter some examples of this literary form!

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.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

3. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.

Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

4. 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.

Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing

5. Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing

Learn about how writers use satire, parody and spoof to make their readers laugh and think. Explore how these forms mock the conventions of specific literary works and genres.

Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements

6. 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.

Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

7. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

8. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

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