Ch 14: NES ELA: Genres in Literature

About This Chapter

Get ready for questions about literature genres on the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam with the lessons and quizzes in this chapter.

NES ELA: Genres in Literature - Chapter Summary

These study resources will help you brush up on literary genres for NES ELA exam. You'll cover a variety of literary genres, types of essays, even types of bibliographies! Lesson topics in this chapter include the following:

  • Characteristics of different literary genres
  • World literature
  • Myths, fables, legends, folktales and folk literature
  • Autobiography
  • Didactic literature
  • Essay writing strategies
  • Descriptive, informative and evaluative essays
  • Period, subject, enumerative and annotated bibliographies

These lessons will get you up to speed on literary genres and essay types in next to no time! You'll get an idea of what to expect on the NES exam with the practice quizzes and chapter exam. Contact our expert instructors if you have any questions about the lesson material.

NES ELA: Genres in Literature Objectives

The lessons in this chapter will help you prepare for questions in the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (worth 23% of the total test score) and the English Language and Conventions, Composition, Writing Process and Research (19% of total score) subareas of the NES ELA exam. Use these resources to help you answer questions about major world literature, the characteristics of various literary genres and methods of citing sources.

The test as a whole consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and lasts three hours. You'll take the exam electronically at a designated testing site. Passing the NES ELA exam is a certification requirement in some states for those who wish to teach English.

14 Lessons in Chapter 14: NES ELA: Genres in Literature
Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

1. 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.

World Literature: Major Authors & Works

2. World Literature: Major Authors & Works

World literature is writing that goes beyond borders to touch readers worldwide. This lesson will define world literature and give five examples of books that have had a lasting influence.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

3. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.

Autobiography: Definition & Examples

4. Autobiography: Definition & Examples

This lesson examines the genre of nonfiction. Specifically, you will learn how an autobiography is nonfiction, with examples illustrating the concepts.

Period Bibliography: Definition & Examples

5. Period Bibliography: Definition & Examples

Find out what period bibliographies are, how they're different from other types of bibliographies, and how they're useful. Read the lesson, and then take a brief quiz to test your new knowledge.

Subject Bibliography: Definition & Examples

6. Subject Bibliography: Definition & Examples

Find out what a subject bibliography is and how it can be useful to your research essay or project. Learn what goes into a subject bibliography, then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Enumerative Bibliography: Definition & Examples

7. Enumerative Bibliography: Definition & Examples

A bibliography is a listing of sources of information on a topic. There are a few different types of bibliographies, but the enumerative bibliography is one of the most commonly used. Let's take a closer look.

Annotated Bibliography: Definition & Examples

8. Annotated Bibliography: Definition & Examples

Learn what annotated bibliographies are and how they're used in the research process. In this lesson, we'll discuss what it means to annotate and what to include in annotated bibliographies for research essays and projects.

Folk Literature: Definition & Books

9. Folk Literature: Definition & Books

From China to Israel to the United States, folk literature exists wherever there are humans to tell stories or to sing songs. Come hear more about these pieces of oral heritage and encounter some examples of the genre that you're sure to recognize!

Didactic Literature: Definition & Examples

10. Didactic Literature: Definition & Examples

This lesson discusses didactic literature and goes over examples of this type of writing. Learn the definition, history, and a few literary examples of this enlightening genre!

Essay: Writing & Examples

11. Essay: Writing & Examples

What is an essay? An essay is a piece of nonfiction writing that expresses various genres or styles of prose depending on the subject, content, purpose, and audience of the particular piece.

Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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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