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MTLE Basic Skills: Figurative Language - Chapter Summary
Figurative language can add depth, drama or wit to a written text, depending upon what the author wants to convey. In these video lessons, you will review some of the more frequently used figures of speech and examine how they are used in literary works. The lessons in this chapter can be helpful to you as you're getting ready to sit for the MTLE Basic Skills exam. They contain the following material:
- Explanation and samples of figurative language
- How to interpret figurative language in fictional works
- Meaning of 'figure of speech'
- Understanding contextual meanings of figure of speech
- Understanding and using euphemisms, metaphors and similes
- The silence was deafening: using oxymorons
Time-saving features like our video timelines are built into our study guide so that you can maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your study sessions. By using the timeline, you can completely bypass information with which you are already familiar and proceed to new material, or you can replay any section of a video that you wish without replaying the entire lesson. The videos themselves never last more than ten minutes, so that you can move through the chapter quickly and easily with minimal repetition and no wasted time.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context
Figures of speech can add humor or drama to any situation, but you have to understand what they mean in order to connect the dots. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to interpret figures of speech, such as verbal irony, puns, idioms, and hyperbole.
4. Euphemism: Definition & Examples
This lesson defines euphemisms, alternate language used in place of offensive language or when discussing taboo topics. Explore some examples of euphemisms in everyday language and well-known examples from literature.
5. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types
Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.
6. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples
Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.
7. Hyperbole in Literature: Definition & Examples
Hyperbole, or exaggeration used to make a point, is a common and colorful technique in literature. Learn more through a comprehensive definition and multiple examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
8. How to Recognize and Use Oxymorons
In this lesson, we will define the figure of speech called an oxymoron and look at several examples. We will then discuss how to recognize oxymorons and use them correctly in writing.
9. What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples
Break a leg! It takes two to tango. In this lesson, we'll learn all about idioms, those colorful figures of speech that play with language and take on a meaning of their own.
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Other chapters within the MTLE Basic Skills: Practice & Study Guide course
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- MTLE Basic Skills: Increasing Vocabulary
- MTLE Basic Skills: Main Idea in Literature
- MTLE Basic Skills: Literary Purpose & Audience
- MTLE Basic Skills: Word Choice in Literature
- MTLE Basic Skills: Relationships Between Ideas in Writing
- MTLE Basic Skills: Analyzing Written Material
- MTLE Basic Skills: Summarizing & Interpreting Information
- MTLE Basic Skills: Presenting Ideas in Writing
- MTLE Basic Skills: Writing Mechanics
- MTLE Basic Skills: Spelling & Punctuation
- MTLE Basic Skills: Writing for Intent & Audience
- MTLE Basic Skills: Numbers
- MTLE Basic Skills: Operations With Integers
- MTLE Basic Skills: Fractions
- MTLE Basic Skills: Decimals
- MTLE Basic Skills: Percentages
- MTLE Basic Skills: Exponents
- MTLE Basic Skills: Solving Math Problems
- MTLE Basic Skills: Algebraic Patterns & Expressions
- MTLE Basic Skills: Equations, Functions & Factoring
- MTLE Basic Skills: Linear & Nonlinear Functions
- MTLE Basic Skills: Measurement, Units & Operations
- MTLE Basic Skills: Measurement, Shapes & Angles
- MTLE Basic Skills: Calculating Measurements Indirectly
- MTLE Basic Skills: Solving Measurement Problems
- MTLE Basic Skills: Principles of Geometry
- MTLE Basic Skills: Using Geometry to Solve Problems
- MTLE Basic Skills: Statistics & Discrete Mathematics
- MTLE Basic Skills: Probability
- MTLE Basic Skills: Applications of Discrete Mathematics
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