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Ch 2: Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 1: Narrative Structure

About This Chapter

The Narrative Structure chapter of this Holt McDougal Literature Companion Course helps students learn the essential literature lessons of narrative structure. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Narrative Structure textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in Holt McDougal Literature's Narrative Structure chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the narrative structure topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Examples of plot in literary works
  • Analysis of plot
  • Types of foreshadowing
  • Examples of flashback in literature
  • Close reading and big picture reading strategies
  • Ways to interpret literary meaning
  • Strategies for making inferences
  • Themes in Connell's 'The Most Dangerous Game'
  • Examples of non-fiction as a literary form
  • Formal qualities of poetry
  • Analysis of Poe's 'The Raven'
  • Elements of drama
  • Characteristics of narrative essays
  • Strategies for editing essays
  • Benefits of peer editing

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14 Lessons in Chapter 2: Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 1: Narrative Structure
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What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

1. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

Plot is a literary term that refers to how narrative points are arranged to make a story understandable to the reader or observer. This lesson will look at the definition of plot, as well as examples of plot from well-known stories.

How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

2. How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

In this lesson, we will discuss how to analyze a plot in three basic steps. We will take these three steps and break them down to understand how to analyze a plot by analyzing a fable.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

3. 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.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

4. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

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

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

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

6. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes

7. The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes

Adventure stories hook the reader with fast-paced tales of danger. In this lesson, you'll learn more about a classic adventure story involving a ruthless hunter and the deadly island where he lives.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

8. 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.

Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

9. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

10. Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven.' Through Poe's use of poetic devices and dark Romantic characteristics, he is able to achieve the 'unity of effect' to appeal to critics and the masses both during his time and even still today.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

11. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

12. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

13. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

Peer Editing Essays: How to Help Another Student with Writing

14. Peer Editing Essays: How to Help Another Student with Writing

After writing an essay, your teacher asks you to switch papers with another student and do a peer review. What do you do? What do you look for? How do you help that student improve his paper? This video lesson will answer those questions and give you tips on how to complete a thorough peer review.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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