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Ch 4: Literary Forms and Genres for 10th Grade

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Watch the following video lessons to help you understand various forms of literature, such as poetry, prose and non-fiction. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Literary Forms and Genres for 10th Grade - Chapter Summary and Objectives

What are two of the most commonly used forms of fiction? Just what is epistolary writing? These lessons can help answer those questions and more. In this chapter, you can compare prose and poetry and learn about the key features of drama. After completing this chapter, you should be able to identify:

  • The three foremost types of fiction
  • Differences between poetry and prose
  • Various styles and time periods associated with drama
  • The building blocks of drama
  • Examples of epistolary writing
  • Fundamentals of non-fiction

Video Objectives
What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles This lesson defines drama, morality plays and allegory. Learn to compare prose, poetry and drama.
Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism This lesson explains scripts, staging, conflict, aside and soliloquy.
What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character Learn examples of foreshadowing from literature. This lesson defines commonalities of 'coming-of-age' stories.
Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories Study the features of these three types of fiction and learn literary examples of each.
Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms This lesson explains how fiction may be written using these forms.
Poetry Overview Learn to compare poetry to other literary forms. This lesson discusses rhyme, rhythm and the various types of poetry.
Nonfiction Overview Learn the differences between fiction and nonfiction and examples of nonfiction literature.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Literary Forms and Genres for 10th Grade
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What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

1. 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.

What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

2. What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

This literature lesson will teach you the difference between prose and other writing. You'll also learn how to analyze characters and foreshadowing to better understand the author's intentions, theme, and underlying meanings.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

3. 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.

Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

4. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.

Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

5. 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.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

6. 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.

Trochaic Meter: Definition & Examples

7. Trochaic Meter: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll explore trochees to learn what they are and how they are used. We'll also look at a couple examples of this rare meter in English poetry.

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