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Ch 16: MTEL English: Characteristics of Literature

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In this Characteristics of Literature chapter of our MTEL English study guide, you will review the elements that comprise literary works. Add this information to your existing body of knowledge in preparation for the MTEL English test.

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.

8 Lessons in Chapter 16: MTEL English: Characteristics of Literature
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Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

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.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

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.

What is Genre? - Definition & Types

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.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

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.

Themes in Literature: Examples and Explanation

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.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

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.

Character in Literature: Definition, Types & Development

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.

What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

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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