Ch 1: Literary Terms & Techniques: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Literary Terms & Techniques chapter of this Introduction to Humanities Help and Review course is the simplest way to master literary terms and techniques. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of literary terms and techniques.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering introductory humanities material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn humanities. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding strategies for analyzing literature or literary terms
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning humanities (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about literary terms and techniques
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra humanities learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Literary Terms & Techniques chapter exam.

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  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Literary Terms & Techniques chapter exam to be prepared.
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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a literary terms and techniques unit of a standard humanities course. Topics covered include:

  • Literary periods and movements
  • Prose literary terms
  • Literary theory
  • Analysis of literary passages
  • Literature test-taking strategies
  • Symbolism and imagery in literature
  • Allusion and illusion
  • Synecdoche vs. metonymy
  • Similes in literature

15 Lessons in Chapter 1: Literary Terms & Techniques: Help and Review
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Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

2. 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

3. 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.

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

4. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

5. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

6. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

7. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

8. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.

Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

9. Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

Would you lend your ears for a moment (or at least your eyeballs)? This lesson will explain what synecdoche and metonymy mean and how to spot them in a piece of prose or poetry.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

10. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Archaism in Literature: Definition & Examples

11. Archaism in Literature: Definition & Examples

Have you come across words like 'thee' and 'hence' and wondered why we still use them? Read about archaism in literature, and see some examples of archaic language used in literature from hundreds of years ago as well as more recently.

Christian Fiction: Definition, Authors & Books

12. Christian Fiction: Definition, Authors & Books

Since the time of Jesus' parables, Christians have enjoyed a rich story-telling tradition. Learn more about it in the present day with this lesson on Christian fiction, where you'll also meet some of the genre's prominent writers and their work!

Deconstructionism in Literature: Definition & Examples

13. Deconstructionism in Literature: Definition & Examples

Deconstruction is a method of literary analysis that challenges our comfortable assumptions. This lesson will define deconstructionism, explain its background, and provide examples of deconstructionist readings.

Mimesis in Literature: Definition & Examples

14. Mimesis in Literature: Definition & Examples

It might sound like part of an insect's life cycle, but 'mimesis' has more to do with human life than you may think. Find out how in this lesson, where you'll encounter the various types of mimesis and find literary examples of each.

What is an Indefinite Pronoun? - Definition & Examples

15. What is an Indefinite Pronoun? - Definition & Examples

When we are using a pronoun that is inclusive or non-specific, it is called an indefinite pronoun. In this lesson, we will further define indefinite pronouns and see how they are used in sentences.

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