Ch 9: GACE English: Literary Genres

About This Chapter

This chapter goes over a large assortment of different literary genres, including definitions and examples. The content will be fresh in your mind when you're faced with associated GACE English questions.

GACE English: Literary Genres - Chapter Summary

Watch the videos that span this chapter to effectively refresh your memory on major literary genres, including their characteristics and how they differ from one another. These efficient lessons give you the preparation to correctly answer questions on your GACE English assessment about:

  • How genres affect meaning
  • Nonfiction
  • Allegory
  • Styles of humorous writing
  • Plays with one act and ones that are multi act
  • Narrative and lyrical poems
  • Italian and English sonnets
  • Odes and epic poems
  • Ballad poems
  • Epic poems and haiku

Video lessons can be completed individually in five to ten minutes. Use the video tags to easily move forward or backward in any of these videos. To verify that you have a solid grasp on the topics, you can take each lesson's short self-assessment quiz.

GACE English: Literary Genres Chapter Objectives

The GACE English assessment measures an examinee's eligibility for teaching English in Georgia. When you're taking test I of the assessment, you may encounter questions based on the different literary genres in the reading for literature subarea; this section is all multiple-choice questions. This subarea's questions overall amount to nearly 40% of your score on test I.

14 Lessons in Chapter 9: GACE English: Literary Genres
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Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

1. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

2. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

3. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

4. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

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.

One-Act & Multi-Act Plays: Elements & Examples

6. One-Act & Multi-Act Plays: Elements & Examples

Classic theater is known for it's multiple acts and long length, but there are also one act plays, each have their own place in the world of theater. In this lesson, we will discuss the differences between the two types of plays as well as some examples.

Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

7. Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

Some of history's most famous heroes have been immortalized in narrative poetry: King Arthur, Odysseus, and even Jed Clampett. From Homer to Chaucer to Poe to The Beverly Hillbillies, narrative poetry has been used to preserve some of the world's greatest stories.

Lyrical Poems: Types & Examples

8. Lyrical Poems: Types & Examples

From Shakespeare to Keats to Tennyson, many of the great masters of poetry have written short, non-narrative poems known as lyrics, which convey an emotion or image in carefully wrought language. We'll look at a few types and examples in this lesson.

Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples

9. Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples

This lesson analyzes the characteristics of lyric poetry. Several types of lyric poetry are described with examples demonstrating the construction and theme of each type.

Sonnets: Definition & Examples

10. Sonnets: Definition & Examples

If you want to profess your love in a poem, you might not think to look back a few hundred years for inspiration. Learn how some of the greatest poets in history used the sonnet to woo their lovers.

Odes: Forms & Examples

11. Odes: Forms & Examples

Have you ever appreciated something or someone so much you were inspired to write a poem? If so, then the ode is the poem for you! Learn about the three types of odes and how they are used to celebrate the people and things.

What is a Ballad Poem? - Definition, Structure & Examples

12. What is a Ballad Poem? - Definition, Structure & Examples

Ballad poems, folk ballads. . . they're all the same, right? Not exactly. Find out the difference in this lesson, where you'll learn about ballad poems, their structure and get to see a couple examples of this poetic genre.

What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples

13. What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what haiku poetry is, take a look at some examples, and see how the traditional Japanese form has influenced its evolution in the English-speaking world.

Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

14. Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

Learn about epic poetry in the ancient world. Explore two epic poems, ''Gilgamesh'' and ''The Iliad'' and discover the information these poems contain about the cultures that created them.

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