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FTCE Middle Grades English: Literary Texts - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter explore literary texts, including literary periods and movements, how to analyze a literary passage, and interpreting literary meaning. Plot, setting, flashback, and foreshadowing are also discussed. Additionally, by the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:
- Character roles and dialogue
- Types of narrators
- Point of view in fiction
- Definition and examples of theme
- Dialect and figures of speech
- Impact of word choice
- Interpreting figurative language
Short, engaging video lessons walk you through each subject, and videos are accompanied by transcripts with important terms in bold type. The jump feature under the timeline tab allows you to skip directly to main subjects within the videos. Use self-assessment quizzes to test your knowledge, or print them as worksheets to help you study.
1. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course
Western literature has many historical periods and stylistic movements from the Medieval period (circa 600-1500) through today. Discover the history, styles, and significant authors of Western literature during the Medieval Period, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Victorianism, Modernism, and Postmodernism.
2. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide
Literary analysis includes comprehension, interpretation, and drawing conclusions. Explore a step-by-step guide to analyzing literary passages, how to read for comprehension, how to use the steps of close reading to interpret a literary work, and how to draw conclusions from an analysis.
3. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
To interpret literature is to try and find the meaning or theme of the story. Discover how to use the text to guide your interpretation with key elements such as plot, characters, setting, symbols, and point of view.
4. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition
Novels, movies, television shows, and other forms of story-telling usually have a plot. Explore the definition and examples of plots to recognize the structure of traditional plots, how plots function in film, and the use of plot in children's stories.
5. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples
The setting in literature provides the context in which the story takes place and is comprised of three elements; time, place, and social environment. Learn about the definition, importance, and real-world examples of setting in literature like the Wizard of Oz being set in Kansas, which is in the heart of Tornado Alley.
6. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples
Flashback refers to the interruption of the present time, recounting past events that add information or background to a story. Learn about the definition and examples of flashbacks in literature, and understand how to identify types of flashbacks.
7. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions
Authors of many different genres use foreshadowing to clue the reader in about future events in the story. Learn about several types of foreshadowing, including forms of direct foreshadowing, such as omens and prophecies commonly used in classic dramas, intentional misdirects like red herrings, and subtle foreshadowing, such as Chekhov's Gun and symbolic foreshadowing, which are seen more in contemporary works.
8. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction
Characterization is the process authors of works of fiction often use to describe the traits and actions of major and minor characters, such as the protagonist and antagonist in the story. Learn more about characterization in fiction, including classifying and listening to other types of characters, including dynamic, round and flat.
9. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions
In a literary work, narration is the 'point of view' from which the story is told. Discover examples and types of narration including omniscient, limited, and objective, as well as how each affects the scope and meaning of a story.
10. Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More
In fiction, there are several points of view from which a story can be told. Explore the first person, second person, and third person points of view, and practice identifying each.
11. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples
The theme in literature pertains to the critical belief or message that the author wants to convey to readers. Understand the definition of the theme in literature with some examples.
12. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech
A writer's style defines who they are as an author. Define what style means in fiction and the elements that create a writer's style, including figures of speech and language choice - diction, syntax, dialogue, and dialect.
13. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone
Writers choose their words carefully to convey a particular meaning and tone in their work and to influence the emotional effect of a piece of writing. Learn more about the impact of word choice and explore connotation, denotation, allusions, and analogies.
14. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction
Interpreting figurative language in fiction can result in more interesting reading experiences. Learn to identify and define different types of figurative language, then use this knowledge to practice recognizing them.
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Other chapters within the FTCE Middle Grades English 5-9 (014): Test Practice & Study Guide course
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- FTCE Middle Grades English: Human Growth & Development
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Language Development
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Developmental Learning Theories
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Childhood Development
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Development in Adolescence
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Instructional Strategies
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Instructional Pedagogy
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Multicultural & Diverse Learning
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Phonology & Word Identification
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Teaching & Acquiring Vocabulary
- FTCE Middle Grades English: English Grammar & Conventions
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Syntax & Sentence Structure
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Reading Comprehension
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Reading Interpretation
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Informational Texts
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Expository Texts
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Persuasive & Functional Texts
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Literary Genres
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Rhetorical Devices
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Listening Basics
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Presentation Delivery
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Brainstorming & Writing Organization
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Writing Strategy
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Using Source Materials
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Essay Structure
- FTCE Middle Grades English: Assessments of Learning
- FTCE Middle Grades English 5-9 Flashcards