Ch 17: MTEL English: Genres & Types of Fiction

About This Chapter

Examine the elements of literary fiction in our Genres & Types of Fiction chapter. The lessons in this chapter illustrate the components of fiction literature and can be a strong resource for you while preparing for the MTEL English exam.

MTEL English Genres & Types of Fiction - Chapter Summary

Explore the elements that characterize the different genres of fiction literature in these lessons designed to help you prepare for the MTEL English exam. Protagonists, antagonists, plot twists, foreshadowing, false clues, magical creatures and more all lend themselves to particular types of stories. In these lessons, you will review the following:

  • Types of fiction
  • Samples and overview of literary fiction
  • Plot and drawing inferences
  • Mystery, crime and Gothic fiction
  • Historical and realistic fiction
  • Folklore, myths, fables, legends and modern fantasy literature
  • Fiction novels and short stories

Our lessons are created and presented by skilled and highly qualified professionals. We place their knowledge and experience at your fingertips, so that you can always feel free to request assistance or ask questions whenever the need arises. Quizzes with links back to the lessons are also available, making it quick and easy to refer back to refresh your memory concerning a specific point.

15 Lessons in Chapter 17: MTEL English: Genres & Types of Fiction
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What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

1. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.

Literary Fiction: Definition & Examples

2. Literary Fiction: Definition & Examples

Literary fiction is fiction that has value and merit in the social world. Learn about what makes fiction 'literary' through descriptions and famous examples.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

3. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

Crime Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

4. Crime Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

Crime fiction is one of the fastest growing genres in literature. Read about what makes it so exciting, along with some of the more significant writers and their novels.

Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

5. Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

First appearing over 200 years ago, mystery fiction has since become one of the most psychologically popular of the literary genres. Read about what makes the genre, as well as writers who have helped it become what it is today.

Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements

6. Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements

In this lesson, we'll define the mystery genre of detective writing and examine some of the characteristics and elements that make this genre unique, such as the use of dramatic tension.

Gothic Fiction: Definition, Characteristics & Authors

7. Gothic Fiction: Definition, Characteristics & Authors

In this lesson we will learn about 'Gothic fiction'. We discuss its characteristics and some of the authors involved in the genre. Afterwards, you will be asked to take a short quiz to test your comprehension.

What is Realistic Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

8. What is Realistic Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Short stories and novels that make you feel like you are getting to know real people dealing with believable situations can be considered realistic fiction. Watch this lesson to learn about realistic fiction and then test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

What is Historical Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

9. What is Historical Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

Learn about a genre that takes our actual past and mixes in fictional elements. This lesson breaks down the definition of historical fiction and describes popular examples in literature.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

10. 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.

What Is Folklore? - Definition, Legends & Myths

11. What Is Folklore? - Definition, Legends & Myths

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the genre of folklore that includes legends and myths. Folklores are an integral part of all cultures. This lesson will provide a brief introduction folklores, their purpose, and examples.

What is Modern Fantasy Literature? - Definition, Authors & Novels

12. What is Modern Fantasy Literature? - Definition, Authors & Novels

Wizards, werewolves, and all manner of wondrous places wait for you in this lesson! Come discover modern fantasy literature and meet some of the authors and their works that have made the genre what it is today.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

13. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.

Novels: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

14. Novels: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

We've all seen shelves full of them. We've all read at least one in our lifetimes. But could you give a definition of 'novel'? Keep reading to find out more about the novel's characteristics and encounter some examples of this literary form!

Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

15. Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

We've all read short stories, such as 'A Country Doctor' by Franz Kafka or Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart.' In this lesson, you'll learn more about the characteristics of the short story and explore some noteworthy examples by American and European writers.

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