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Ch 18: MTEL English: Elements of Non-Fiction

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Look over this chapter to refresh your knowledge of various elements of non-fiction to help you prepare for the MTEL English exam. These lessons identify different forms of non-fiction that may appear on the exam as well.

MTEL English: Elements of Non-Fiction - Chapter Summary

As part of your studies for the MTEL English exam, a thorough review of different types of literature will prove beneficial. This chapter will define non-fiction and identify it as a literary form, as well as address the following topics:

  • Narrative non-fiction
  • Differences between fact, persuasion, and informed opinion
  • Non-fiction novels
  • Autobiography
  • Essays, diaries, letters and other forms of literary non-fiction

These lessons include engaging, yet brief, videos, but they will also give you the option of reading their full transcriptions so you can study the content in whatever form best suits you. You can test your knowledge by taking the short self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson and by taking the cumulative exam after you finish the entire chapter.

7 Lessons in Chapter 18: MTEL English: Elements of Non-Fiction
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

1. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.

Narrative Nonfiction: Definition & Books

2. Narrative Nonfiction: Definition & Books

A lot of the nonfiction you've read may not have been for pleasure, so you might not think that factual works can be any fun. You can dispel that myth in this lesson, where you'll be introduced to the entertaining yet informative genre of narrative nonfiction and get to see a few popular examples.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

3. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

4. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.

Nonfiction Novel: Definition & Examples

5. Nonfiction Novel: Definition & Examples

Discover the genre that captures the drama of the novel, only with true life facts. This lesson describes the nonfiction literary genre, as well as genre techniques and famous examples.

Autobiography: Definition & Examples

6. Autobiography: Definition & Examples

This lesson examines the genre of nonfiction. Specifically, you will learn how an autobiography is nonfiction, with examples illustrating the concepts.

Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

7. Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

Watch this video lesson to explore the world of literary nonfiction. You will learn the similarities and differences between journals, diaries, memoirs and much more.

Chapter Practice Exam
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