Ch 6: Literary Genres & Elements

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In this engaging chapter is a comprehensive overview of literary genres and elements. Use the entertaining lessons, mini quizzes and other study resources to improve your understanding of these various genres and literary elements as you prepare to take a test.

Literary Genres & Elements - Chapter Summary

Gain greater insight into various literary genres and elements by reviewing this chapter's fun lessons. Our instructors make it easy to understand elements of drama, children's literature, folktales and much more. Complete this chapter at your own pace to ensure you're able to do the following:

  • Define and list types of fiction
  • Identify and describe types and characteristics of literary genres
  • Differentiate between fables, folktales, myths and legends
  • Share the meaning of folk literature and discuss related books
  • Discuss authors and novels associated with modern fantasy literature
  • Explain the terms, time periods and styles of drama
  • List and discuss the elements of drama and poetry
  • Detail the history and themes of children's literature

Review the lessons in this chapter whenever and wherever your schedule permits, using any computer or mobile device. This flexibility lets you study different literary genres and elements without the time and location restrictions linked to traditional classes and live tutors. Use our multiple-choice quizzes to test your knowledge of any lessons you explore. The Dashboard tracks your progress through this chapter and lets you send questions about specific lesson topics to our experts.

9 Lessons in Chapter 6: Literary Genres & Elements
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What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

1. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.

Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

2. 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.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

3. 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.

Folk Literature: Definition & Books

4. Folk Literature: Definition & Books

From China to Israel to the United States, folk literature exists wherever there are humans to tell stories or to sing songs. Come hear more about these pieces of oral heritage and encounter some examples of the genre that you're sure to recognize!

What is Modern Fantasy Literature? - Definition, Authors & Novels

5. 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.

What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

6. 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.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

7. 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.

Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

8. Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

Many poems rhyme, but there is often more going on in terms of the sounds of the words than just what happens at the ends of the lines. This lesson explores some of the nuances of rhyme and sound in poetry.

What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

9. What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about children's literature, the only genre defined by its audience, through a discussion of its history and themes, while also taking at look at some representative examples.

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