Ch 3: GACE English: Elements & Language of Literature

About This Chapter

Short, engaging video and text lessons are used to break down several literary elements and additional language considerations in this chapter. These lessons will make sure you're well prepared for related questions on your GACE English assessment.

GACE English: Elements & Language of Literature - Chapter Summary

The videos that you'll come across in this chapter will reinforce your knowledge on key literary elements like theme, dialogue, and more so that you're not caught off guard by associated GACE English items. You will get to refresh your memory on these topics that you could be asked about on the assessment:

  • The parts to a plot
  • Common themes
  • Figures of speech, figurative language and inferences
  • Different ways an author can create a flashback
  • Major types of character roles
  • Setting components
  • Understanding and interpreting tone and mood
  • The influence of form and structure in drama and poetry
  • Interaction between different story elements
  • Historical texts as a source of inspiration
  • Organizing ideas with prewriting
  • Influence of dialogue

Use the handy video tags if you want to check out any video segments a second time after your initial review. Verify your knowledge of the issues by completing each lesson's short practice quiz.

GACE English: Elements & Language of Literature Chapter Objectives

The GACE English assessment gauges your eligibility to become a certified secondary education teacher of English in Georgia. Content in the Elements & Language of Literature chapter matches up with the objectives of the assessment's reading for literature subarea, which you'll come across when taking Test I. The questions in this subarea are all multiple choice; however, there is an additional constructed-response section on this subtest.

16 Lessons in Chapter 3: GACE English: Elements & Language of Literature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

1. Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

This lesson introduces you to a variety of ways that figurative language can impact the way you express yourself. You'll learn terms for several approaches and examples of each.

What Is a Figure of Speech?

2. What Is a Figure of Speech?

In this lesson, we will define figure of speech and explain why it is important in your writing. After this definition, we will examine the more common figure of speeches and look at some examples.

Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

3. Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

Figures of speech can add humor or drama to any situation, but you have to understand what they mean in order to connect the dots. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to interpret figures of speech, such as verbal irony, puns, idioms, and hyperbole.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

4. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

6. Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

This lesson explores plot in fiction. We will define the term, explore the various parts of a plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution), and learn about subplots.

Using Prewriting Activities to Organize Ideas

7. Using Prewriting Activities to Organize Ideas

Prewriting is an essential first step toward organizing ideas for any type of writing. This lesson will explore several useful prewriting strategies and will end with a quiz to see what you have learned.

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.

Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or Decisions

9. Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or Decisions

Having trouble analyzing a story? Not sure what events are important? Or how speech influences the story? This lesson describes how dialogue and incidents affect the plot and characters.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

10. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

11. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

12. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

13. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

Analyzing How Story Elements Interact

14. Analyzing How Story Elements Interact

Authors don't simply put their thoughts on paper to create a perfect story. Instead, they need to design strong story elements that influence each other and interact. This lesson details those interactions.

The Effects of Form & Structure in Poetry & Drama

15. The Effects of Form & Structure in Poetry & Drama

Form and structure can influence the meaning of poetry and drama. This lesson looks at the main forms and structures of poetry and drama and discusses how those elements can give you clues about what the piece means.

Drawing Inspiration from Historical Texts

16. Drawing Inspiration from Historical Texts

This lesson explores how modern works of literature and film draw on historical texts. We will learn about the genre of historical fiction. Then, we will discover how the structures of fairy tales and mythic archetypes inspire contemporary writers.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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