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Genres and Forms - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our experienced and informed instructors will explain how literature is classified into genres or types, according to content, length, tone and writing technique. Find out how to identify the key literary devices used in the two main categories of fiction and nonfiction, including short stories, novels, novellas and poetry. Additional chapter topics include an introduction to nonfiction epistolary writing, such as diaries and letters.
As an educator, you can learn how to help your students understand the organizational structures found in different types of literary materials. You will also see how listening and speaking can help them acquire critical literary skills and identify appropriate means for student assessments. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize the characteristics found in a variety of literary genres
- Identify the unique qualities associated with different literary movements
- Take an appropriate critical approach to literary genres and movements
- Choose the best materials and methods for teaching literature
Our online video tutorials are easy to understand and fun to follow. Taught by professional and knowledgeable instructors, they can help facilitate the learning process, especially for busy students and educators. Along with lesson transcripts, the tutorials include in-text links to key terms that allow for quick access to additional information. Students can also test their own knowledge of the material through self-assessment quizzes.
1. Literary Fiction: Definition & Examples
Literary fiction is fiction that has value and merit in the social world. Learn about what makes fiction 'literary' through descriptions and famous examples.
2. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories
Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.
3. Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples
We've all read short stories, such as 'A Country Doctor' by Franz Kafka or Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart.' In this lesson, you'll learn more about the characteristics of the short story and explore some noteworthy examples by American and European writers.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples
In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.
7. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles
Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.
8. Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements
In this lesson, we'll define the mystery genre of detective writing and examine some of the characteristics and elements that make this genre unique, such as the use of dramatic tension.
9. What is Modern Fantasy Literature? - Definition, Authors & Novels
Wizards, werewolves, and all manner of wondrous places wait for you in this lesson! Come discover modern fantasy literature and meet some of the authors and their works that have made the genre what it is today.
10. 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.
11. Tragedy in Literature: Definition, Characteristics & Examples
In this lesson, you will focus on the literary tragedy, its characteristics, and how it moves the reader. You'll also examine some examples of tragedies, both ancient and modern.
12. Comedy Genre: Definition & Characteristics
Comedies are designed to make us laugh - sometimes even until we cry - but what actually defines a 'comedy'? Get a quick reminder in this lesson, where you'll learn the definition and take a closer look at the characteristics of this hilarious literary genre!
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Other chapters within the FTCE English 6-12 (013): Practice & Study Guide course
- About the FTCE English 6-12 Test
- Language, Literacy & Communication
- Phonology and Word Identification Strategies
- Conventions of Standard English
- Word Comprehension
- Classroom Strategies
- Writing & Analyzing Argumentative Texts
- Composing Informative Texts
- Writing Engaging Narrative Texts
- Brainstorming & Organization for Writing
- Understanding the Writing Process
- Essay Structure & Elements
- Syntax & Sentence Structure
- Citations & References
- Intro to Essay Writing
- Revising & Improving Written Works
- The Research Process for Written Works
- Strategies & Activities for Teaching Vocabulary
- Reading Comprehension & Fluency
- Reading & Writing Instruction
- Effective English Assessment Methods
- Strategies for Analyzing Texts
- Analyzing Expository Texts
- Analyzing Persuasive & Functional Texts
- Analyzing Literary Texts
- American Literature
- British Literature
- World Literature
- Poetry Analysis
- Rhetorical Devices
- The Listening Process
- Listening for Comprehension & Meaning
- Delivering Effective Presentations
- Classroom Teaching Strategies
- FTCE English 6-12 Flashcards