Ch 2: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Literary Genres

About This Chapter

Look over this chapter to review the main literary genres as you prepare for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. By studying these lessons, you should gain a firm grasp on the characteristics and types of literary genres on which you may be tested.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Literary Genres- Chapter Summary

This chapter will address different characteristics of literary genres as you study for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. In addition to defining genres, these lessons will expound upon the following literary genres specifically:

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Drama

Developed by an expert in literature, these lessons are presented in the form of brief videos and are accompanied by full transcripts that highlight key terminology. After you complete each lesson, you may take a short self-assessment to ascertain your comprehension level of the related content.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Literary Genres - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Middle School Humanities exam is meant to gauge your knowledge of the humanities to determine your candidacy for certification to teach this subject in Massachusetts. Your understanding of literature and language constitutes 25% of the exam's multiple-choice questions, making the content of this chapter a significant asset to your studies.

Developing your understanding of the literary genres covered in these lessons should enable you to answer any pertinent questions successfully and with confidence. Additionally, the multiple-choice self-assessments provided in the chapter will provide valuable practice in answering questions in the same format as the exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Literary Genres
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Genre? - Definition & Types

1. 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.

Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

2. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

3. 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.

What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

4. 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

5. 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.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

6. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

7. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Other Chapters

Other chapters within the MTEL Middle School Humanities (50): Practice & Study Guide course

Support