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Ch 4: MEGA English: Literature Comprehension

About This Chapter

You can use this chapter on literature comprehension to boost your readiness for the related portions of the MEGA English exam. The text and video lessons are taught by professional instructors.

MEGA English: Literature Comprehension - Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on the various elements of literature, structured to help you achieve success answering questions on the subject within the MEGA English exam. The topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Plot, theme and purpose
  • Inference and implied main ideas
  • Supporting details
  • Assembling meaning using context clues, prior knowledge and word structure
  • The affect of word choice and language on tone
  • Literal and sensory language
  • Order of events and point of view
  • Sources of modern fiction
  • Literature in response to culture

You'll be able to go through all of these lessons at your own pace and check your understanding of each of them through convenient practice quizzes. These quizzes also help you prepare for the sort of questions you'll be answering on the MEGA English exam, and all of them can be printed as worksheets for offline study.

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: MEGA English: Literature Comprehension
What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

1. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

Plot is a literary term that refers to how narrative points are arranged to make a story understandable to the reader or observer. This lesson will look at the definition of plot, as well as examples of plot from well-known stories.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

2. 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.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

3. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

4. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

5. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

6. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

7. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

8. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

9. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Literal Language: Definition & Examples

10. Literal Language: Definition & Examples

Do you sometimes feel like nobody understands you? Well, perhaps you should try using more literal language! Learn more about this form of straightforward expression in this lesson, where you'll also find some literal language in action.

Sensory Language: Definition & Examples

11. Sensory Language: Definition & Examples

This lesson assists you in identifying and understanding the components of sensory writing found in literature. Learn more about sensory writing and test your understanding with a short quiz.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

12. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

13. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

14. Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

In this lesson, we're going to see how myths, traditional stories, and religious writings serve as sources for modern fiction. We'll define each of these and look at examples of modern interpretations.

Literature as a Response to Culture

15. Literature as a Response to Culture

This lesson analyzes how literature responds to various aspects of culture, such as historical events, social conditions, scientific developments, and religious movements. This lesson offers examples from British and American literature.

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