Ch 8: MTTC Reading: Uses of Language

About This Chapter

Watch the lessons and take the assessments of this chapter to review the uses of language, what makes language effective and more as you prepare for the MTTC Reading exam.

MTTC Reading: Uses of Language - Chapter Summary

Complete the activities of this chapter to improve your understanding of the different ways language can be used. This chapter's series of lesson videos will prepare you for any MTTC Reading exam questions on the following:

  • Characteristics of language that's effective
  • Strategies used to teach students to analyze an author's voice, style and language
  • Ways of responding to literary text
  • The effect of word choice on tone and meaning
  • Types of narrators in literature

Whenever you are not at your computer but would still like to study, you can watch these lessons on your mobile device. When you've completed a lesson, be sure to take the quiz that accompanies it to ensure you retained the information it presented.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: MTTC Reading: Uses of Language
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The Uses of Language

1. The Uses of Language

Written and spoken language has three primary uses. Dive into some language background, then look more closely at the informative, expressive, and directive uses of language.

The Characteristics of Effective Language

2. The Characteristics of Effective Language

Language gives us the opportunity to convey meaning. Unless you expect people to understand various tones of grunting, using words effectively makes communication much easier to comprehend.

Analyzing an Author's Style, Voice & Language

3. Analyzing an Author's Style, Voice & Language

One can analyze the language authors use to determine their style (broader writing) and voice (writing specifics). Learn about author style and finding the author voice.

The Value of Responding to Literary Texts

4. The Value of Responding to Literary Texts

Learning through reading literature is fundamental to critical thinking and understanding. This lesson will explain some of the key benefits of reading and responding to literary texts.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

5. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

Writers choose their words carefully to convey a particular meaning and tone in their work and to influence the emotional effect of a piece of writing. Learn more about the impact of word choice and explore connotation, denotation, allusions, and analogies.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

6. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In literature, mood is the feeling you get while reading a story, and tone is the author's attitude toward a subject. Learn more about how to identify mood and tone by looking at the setting, characters, details, and word choices.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

7. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

In a literary work, narration is the 'point of view' from which the story is told. Discover examples and types of narration including omniscient, limited, and objective, as well as how each affects the scope and meaning of a story.

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