Ch 9: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Fiction

About This Chapter

Brush up on your skills at analyzing fiction for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. Our lessons and quizzes can help you with topics including plot techniques, tone and style.

GACE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Fiction - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to refresh your expertise at analyzing fiction as you get ready to take the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. The lessons cover topics such as characterization, plot and style in fiction. After watching our videos, you should be prepared to answer exam questions on these topics as well as demonstrate skills with the following:

  • Drawing inferences in fiction
  • Showing how fiction can use themes from other works
  • Comparing a fictional account to historical accounts
  • Defining the importance of setting in literature
  • Explaining first and third person point of view
  • Giving examples of a flashback in literature
  • Discussing types and examples of foreshadowing

Our instructors are experts in the field who have included information that's vital to success on the exam. You can study as your schedule permits, on a computer or mobile device. The format allows you to take your time in moving through the lessons and makes it easy to go back and review key points.

10 Lessons in Chapter 9: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Fiction
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

1. 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.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

2. 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.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

3. 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.

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

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

In this lesson, we will explore point of view in fiction. We will learn about several possible points of view (first person, second person, and third person) and practice identifying them.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

5. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

6. 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.

How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

7. How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

How do classic characters like Cinderella translate for our times? In this lesson, we'll discuss theme in literature, and you'll read about an example of how authors sometimes draw on themes from already existing works to appeal to contemporary audiences.

Comparing & Contrasting a Fictional Portrayal to Historical Accounts

8. Comparing & Contrasting a Fictional Portrayal to Historical Accounts

Many novels take events or people from history and treat them in a fictional manner. The author may make significant changes to the historical facts, but in doing so it can give the reader a deeper understanding of history.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

9. 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 Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

10. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support