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Ch 3: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Analyzing Fiction

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Refresh and reinforce your mastery of the various forms of fiction as you view the video lessons in our Analyzing Fiction chapter. Put these videos to work for you as you prepare for the questions on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Analyzing Fiction - Chapter Summary

Reexamine fiction in all of its forms in these lessons. Topics included in the lessons are listed below:

  • Forms of fictional works: novels, short stories, novellas
  • Myths, legends, mystery and fantasy literature
  • Definition and explanation of realistic fiction
  • Elements of fiction: plot, setting and characterization
  • How to identify who's telling the story: point of view
  • Theme, style, tone and figurative language
  • How to draw inferences

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MTEL Middle School Humanities: Analyzing Fiction Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Middle School Humanities exam is part of a battery of tests required for teacher licensure and content area endorsement. The lessons in our Analyzing Fiction chapter coincide with the competencies in Subarea I: Literature and Language. This subarea constitutes approximately 25% of the test and contains about 32 of the 100 total questions on the exam. All of the questions are multiple-choice, and there are two additional assignments that require a written response. You must respond to both of these, and your answer must satisfy the length requirement of between 150 and 300 words.

14 Lessons in Chapter 3: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Analyzing Fiction
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Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

1. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.

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

2. 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.

Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

What is Realistic Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

5. 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.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

6. 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.

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.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

8. 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.

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.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

10. 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.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

11. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

12. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

13. 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.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

14. 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.

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