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Literary Genres for Elementary Education - Chapter Summary
This chapter helps you refresh your knowledge of literary genres that are commonly studied in elementary school grade levels. As you work through the chapter, you'll study several literary genres, including myths, folklore, modern fantasy and children's literature. You'll also review literary terms related to the characteristics and elements of poetry and drama. After completing the lessons in this chapter, you'll be equipped to:
- Identify common types of literary genres
- Differentiate between myths, legends, fables and folktales
- Recognize examples of folklore
- Describe the elements of modern fantasy literature and name popular authors and books from the genre
- Compare various dramatic styles
- Understand the purpose of several dramatic elements, including plot, setting, characters and symbolism
- Outline the elements, characteristics and features of poetry
- Summarize the history of children's literature and recognize its common themes
Our instructors craft each lesson to be engaging, simple and generally less than ten minutes in length. This way, you can quickly review the most important information related to elementary-level literature genres. After each lesson, try taking the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully understand the material. You can quickly find the information you want/need to study by using your convenient course Dashboard and interactive video timelines. These lessons are also available to access at any time, day or night, which enables you to study whenever it fits your schedule.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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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