Ch 9: Literary Genres, Nonfiction & Fiction

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Brush up on literary genres, nonfiction, and fiction by reviewing the lessons in this chapter about concepts including types of fiction, definition of nonfiction, and more. Multiple-choice quizzes will help you test what you've learned.

Literary Genres, Nonfiction & Fiction - Chapter Summary

Study to refresh your memory of literary genres, nonfiction, and fiction with this chapter. Review short and engaging video lessons about subjects like the basics of poetry and prose as literary terms and types of style in fiction, like dialect. Other subjects found in this chapter include:

  • Definition of nonfiction
  • Examples and structure of an informative essay
  • Types of fiction
  • Differences between the fable, folktale, myth, and legend
  • Definition of a plot in fiction
  • Determining the tone in fiction
  • Ways to read figurative language and steps for drawing inferences in fiction

Check what you remember by taking the short quizzes at the end of the lessons. The video tags can help you jump to different topics without re-watching the entire lesson. Check the transcripts for each video lesson to find key terms highlighted in bold type.

11 Lessons in Chapter 9: Literary Genres, Nonfiction & Fiction
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What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

1. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

2. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

5. Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

This lesson explores plot in fiction. We will define the term, explore the various parts of a plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution), and learn about subplots.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

6. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

7. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

8. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

9. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

10. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

11. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.

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