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MTEL English: Characteristics of Literature - Chapter Summary
Re-familiarize yourself with the components that characterize a work of literature as you watch the videos and work through the text lessons in this chapter. You'll find it all here: genre, character roles, dialogue, plot, setting, and more. The lessons demonstrate and explain the following material:
- Understanding characterization, plot and genre
- Use of figurative language in fictional works
- Definition and examples of themes
- Significance of settings
- Character types and development
Use the timeline to direct your attention to a specific segment of any of the videos or to jump from place to place quickly. This feature enables you to focus your studies on specific elements that you want to review and skip over parts of a video with which you are already familiar. A transcription of each lesson accompanies the video, and key terminology is highlighted for rapid identification and easy referral.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. What is Genre? - Definition & Types
Genre is a French word that means sort or style. It is often used to classify different types of art. In this lesson, we will define genre, learn why it's important and look at how genres evolve over time.
4. 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.
5. Themes in Literature: Examples and Explanation
One of the most common things that students are asked to do in middle school is to discuss the theme of a story. In this lesson, you'll learn about themes, and you'll read three examples from well-known stories.
6. 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.
7. Character in Literature: Definition, Types & Development
What do Cinderella's stepsisters, Jeannine Matthews, and Neville Longbottom have in common? They are all characters in literature. This lesson focuses on what a character is by using specific examples to illustrate various types of characters.
8. 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.
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- MTEL English: Elements of Non-Fiction
- MTEL English: Drama as Literature
- MTEL English: Elements of Poetry
- MTEL English: Types of Poetry
- MTEL English: Interpreting Prose
- MTEL English: Literary Devices
- MTEL English: Literary Theory & Criticism
- MTEL English: Language Acquisition
- MTEL English: Principles of Rhetoric
- MTEL English: The Essay Writing Process
- MTEL English: Types of Compositions
- MTEL English: Writing Conventions
- MTEL English: Language & Reading Processes
- MTEL English: Vocabulary & Word Choice
- MTEL English: Motivating Students to Read
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