Ch 1: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Literary Devices

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to refresh your understanding of various types of literary devices on which you may be tested on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. These lessons will equip you with the knowledge necessary to answer any questions about literary devices.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Literary Devices - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, the different literary devices will be explained in detail to help you prepare for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. These lessons will describe and provide examples of the following literary devices:

  • Figurative language
  • Symbolism and imagery
  • Irony
  • Ambiguity
  • Sensory details

These lessons are available both in the form of brief video lessons and as full transcripts that highlight key terminology. After you complete each lesson, you may take a short self-assessment to gauge how well you comprehend the literary devices you've reviewed.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Literary Devices - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Middle School Humanities exam is meant to assess your knowledge of humanities as a step in your process of becoming certified to teach related courses in Massachusetts. Of the six content subareas tested, literature and language questions comprise 25%. One of the objectives within this subarea is to test your understanding of characteristics of literature, including the use of literary devices.

This chapter aims to develop your knowledge of the main literary devices to prepare you for any related questions the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam may ask. Also, by taking the multiple-choice self-assessment quizzes, you will familiarize yourself with the format of the exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Literary Devices
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Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

1. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.

Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

2. Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

This lesson introduces you to a variety of ways that figurative language can impact the way you express yourself. You'll learn terms for several approaches and examples of each.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

3. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

4. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

Ambiguity in Literature: Definition & Examples

5. Ambiguity in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define ambiguity and discuss how our everyday conversations may be ambiguous. We will also look at ambiguity in literature, including why an author may choose to use it as a literary device and how it may affect the audience.

Sensory Details in Writing: Definition & Examples

6. Sensory Details in Writing: Definition & Examples

The writer's ability to create a gripping and memorable story has much to do with engaging our five senses. This lesson will teach you how to make your writing pop by using the five senses.

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