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Ch 4: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Types of Non-Fiction

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Explore the different types of non-fiction literature through the helpful video lessons in this MTEL Middle School Humanities study course. Use the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to assess your MTEL exam readiness for this portion of the test.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Types of Non-Fiction - Chapter Summary

This certification prep chapter explains how the non-fiction genre encompasses biographies, memoirs, journalism and essays and the differences between these sub-genres. You'll learn how to analyze and define:

  • Biographies and autobiographies
  • Letters
  • Informational and analytical reports
  • Various forms of essays including narrative, descriptive, informative and evaluative

Our expert instructors provide detailed information in each video lesson, while also keeping the material engaging and to-the-point. Each lesson ends with a brief quiz to help you assess if further review of that particular topic is necessary. Use direct links within the quizzes to jump back to specific subjects or review full video transcripts to ensure you are exam-ready for the MTEL.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Types of Non-Fiction Chapter Objectives

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) measures candidates' knowledge in the subject area they wish to teach. THE MTEL exam for those wishing to teach to middle school humanities is a computer-based test consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions along with two open-response prompts. This particular chapter of this prep course prepares you for one of the objectives under the literature and language category, which comprises 25% of the exam. In this subarea, you will choose the best answer from the answers provided about the various types and characteristics of literary genres.

This chapter will guide you through the various elements of non-fiction and prepare you for the types of questions found on the MTEL exam. Feel confident going in to the MTEL by utilizing the resources provided in this prep course, including informative lessons, knowledgeable instructors and practice quizzes.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Types of Non-Fiction
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Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

1. 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.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography

2. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography

Understanding and evaluating an autobiography or a biography can seem like a challenging task, but in this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze both.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

3. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

Writing a letter to someone may seem like a casual thing, but letters can be analyzed as primary sources that represent a piece of history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze a letter.

Informational and Analytical Reports: Definition and Uses

4. Informational and Analytical Reports: Definition and Uses

In this lesson, you will learn the difference between informational and analytical reporting and their specific uses in the business world in order to help make decisions.

Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

5. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

6. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

7. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

8. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.

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