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Ch 20: FTCE Middle Grades English: Literary Texts

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Learn about literary texts in this chapter of the FTCE Middle Grades English exam study guide. Video lessons and self-assessment quizzes teach you all you need to know about English in the middle grades for the FTCE exam.

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.

14 Lessons in Chapter 20: FTCE Middle Grades English: Literary Texts
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Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

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.

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

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.

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

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.

What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

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.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

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.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

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.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

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.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

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.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

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.

Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

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.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

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.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

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.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

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.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

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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