Ch 9: Literary Texts: MTLE Middle Level Communication Arts/Literature

About This Chapter

In this chapter, find out what you need to know about literary texts for the MTLE Middle Level Communication Arts/Literature test. Once you've reviewed each lesson, try out our quizzes for practice and to assess your comprehension.

MTLE Middle Level Communication Arts/Literature: Literary Texts - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to review the topics you need to know about literary texts for the MTLE Middle Level Communication Arts/Literature test. Our instructors will focus on the information most pertinent to this exam. The lessons in this chapter will cover information like:

  • Literary forms and genres
  • The elements of literary texts
  • Literary devices
  • Narrative techniques in writing
  • Finding the themes and central ideas of a text
  • The five methods of characterization
  • Understanding setting and mood
  • The different points of view writers use
  • Structure in poetry and plays
  • Interpreting and analyzing literary texts

Use the text and video lessons to get a handle on the concepts that may appear on the exam before using the multiple-choice quizzes for practice. If you have any questions after reviewing the lessons, you can contact the instructors for clarification.

13 Lessons in Chapter 9: Literary Texts: MTLE Middle Level Communication Arts/Literature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

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.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

2. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.

Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

3. Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the basic elements, or parts, of literary texts. We'll look at examples of each kind of literary element, and you can check your understanding with a brief quiz.

Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

4. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

5. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

Methods of Characterization in Literature

6. Methods of Characterization in Literature

In this lesson, we'll examine five methods of characterization, including physical description, action, inner thoughts, reactions, and speech. An excerpt from a brief narrative is provided to show how authors use the various methods of characterization to develop characters and create images for the audience.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

7. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

8. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

Point of View of Characters vs. the Reader

9. Point of View of Characters vs. the Reader

Point of view is a key idea in literature. In this lesson, you'll learn several points of view that writers use and how those affect the reader. When you're finished, you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Rhyme Structure: Definition & Types

10. Rhyme Structure: Definition & Types

In this lesson, you'll learn what a rhyme structure is and how the different types of rhyme structure function in poetry. Take a look at the types of rhyme structure and examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue

11. Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue

Plays have a definite structure that can include a prologue, acts, scenes, and an epilogue. In this lesson, you'll learn about each of those parts and how they fit together to form a play.

Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

12. Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

Essays usually have a stated main idea, but it's not as obvious in a play. In this lesson, you'll learn a technique that will help you determine the main idea and purpose of a dramatic scene.

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

13. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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