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Ch 3: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Literary Genres & Devices

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Utilize the video and text lessons and quizzes in this chapter to remind yourself of literary genres and devices for the MTEL Adult Basic Education exam. This chapter will allow you to get the practice you need to answer questions on exam day.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: Literary Genres & Devices - Chapter Summary

Study examples of irony and themes by watching our brief and interactive video lessons and reading our text lessons. In this chapter, test your understanding of first and third person in literary works by taking a short self-assessment. These study materials will help refresh your memory of:

  • Definitions and characteristics of literary genres
  • Literary terms including prose and poetry
  • Definitions of literary devices, plot in fiction, and setting
  • Characterization
  • Examples of theme
  • First and third person
  • Interpreting figurative language
  • Symbolism and imagery
  • Irony
  • Periods in literature
  • Authors of the literary canon and literary modernism

Review specific parts of the videos by using the timeline located below each one. All worksheets along with their answers can be printed out for studying on the go. You can go back to previous lessons by clicking the Recent Activity link.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: Literary Genres & Devices - Chapter Summary

The study resources in this chapter relate to concepts in the English Language Arts section of the MTEL Adult Basic Education exam which represents 15% of the test. It is comprised of approximately 100 multiple choice-questions and two open-ended questions, to be answered on a computer. Your exam may contain questions requiring you to display knowledge of literary devices and literary genres.

15 Lessons in Chapter 3: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Literary Genres & Devices
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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.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

2. 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.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

3. 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!

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.

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.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

6. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

In this lesson, we will talk about characters and characterization. We will explore the various types of characters, examine some methods of characterization, and pay special attention to the role of dialogue.

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.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

8. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

9. Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

In this lesson, we will explore point of view in fiction. We will learn about several possible points of view (first person, second person, and third person) and practice identifying them.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

10. 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.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

11. 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.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

12. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

13. 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.

Literary Canon: Definition & Authors

14. Literary Canon: Definition & Authors

Though not related to field artillery, pieces in the 'literary canon' have made quite a bang over the years. Come learn more about this collection of exemplary literature and its controversy while meeting some contributing authors.

Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

15. Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

This video provides an introduction to the literary movement known as Modernism. Encompassing such writers as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, Modernism developed out of a sense that the art forms of the late nineteenth-century were inadequate to describe the condition of Europe after World War I.

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