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Ch 8: GACE English: Elements & Language of Literature

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

GACE English: Elements & Language of Literature - Chapter Summary

The lessons that you'll come across in this chapter can reinforce your knowledge on key literary elements, including figurative language, tone and mood, characterization and more. Once you have completed the lessons in this chapter, you will be ready to do the following on the GACE English exam:

  • Recognize the effects of form and structure
  • Discuss literature as a form of expression and a response to culture and history
  • Explain how an author's life influences their writing
  • Define structure in writing
  • Interpret literary meaning
  • Identify point of view in fiction
  • Analyze plot, setting and dialogue
  • Assess how story elements interact

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.

15 Lessons in Chapter 8: GACE English: Elements & Language of Literature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Literature as a Form of Expression

1. Literature as a Form of Expression

Literature is typically understood as intentionally constructed ideas that operate as a form of expression. Examine the concept of what constitutes literature in detail by how it expresses culture, values, and ideas through writing.

How an Author's Life Influences Literary Works

2. How an Author's Life Influences Literary Works

Life is a powerful tool for inspiration, and this is especially prevalent in the works of writers. Explore how authors like Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and others used their experiences with history, gender, and race to create narratives.

Literature as a Response to Culture

3. Literature as a Response to Culture

This lesson analyzes how literature responds to various aspects of culture, such as historical events, social conditions, scientific developments, and religious movements. This lesson offers examples from British and American literature.

Drawing Inspiration from Historical Texts

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Analyzing How Story Elements Interact

6. Analyzing How Story Elements Interact

Every element of a story is equally important in creating an immersive, interesting tale. Analyze the way story elements interact by exploring the influence of a setting, and examine how point of view can change the way a story is told.

Methods of Characterization in Literature

7. Methods of Characterization in Literature

Authors often rely on a process called characterization to create both literary characters and imagery for their readers. Take a close look at the five unique methods of characterization by using an acronym and a selected excerpt from literature, and learn the distinct differences between direct and indirect characterization in literature.

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

8. 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.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

9. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In literature, mood is the feeling you get while reading a story, and tone is the author's attitude toward a subject. Learn more about how to identify mood and tone by looking at the setting, characters, details, and word choices.

Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

10. Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

Figurative language provides a way to imaginatively express information. Explore the definition and examples of figurative language, and learn about figures of speech and other figurative devices.

Plot Analysis: Example & Overview

11. Plot Analysis: Example & Overview

A plot analysis is a process of reviewing a story's plot to understand its events and how the story progresses. Learn about the definition and process of plot analysis, including the use of a plot diagram. Consider an overview of the process, and study the example of ''The Three Little Pigs'' to understand the elements of a plot analysis and how to use a plot diagram to carry out a plot analysis.

What is the Setting of a Story?

12. What is the Setting of a Story?

The setting of a story is a vital literary element that establishes where and when a story takes place. Explore the three key components of setting, discover its importance to fiction writing, and learn how imagery plays a role in writing a successful setting.

How Dialogue Reveals Aspects of a Character

13. How Dialogue Reveals Aspects of a Character

Dialogue reveals aspects of a character in a story by what they say, how they say it, and what they don't say. Explore dialogue's ability to reveal character traits, the use of dialogue by authors such as Hemingway and Hosseini, and the power of subtext.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

14. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

The structure of a written story impacts the story's meaning. This lesson will define what is in a story, the framework of a story, and how the story is organized impacts the meaning of the story.

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.

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