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NES ELA: Genres in Literature - Chapter Summary
These study resources can help you brush up on literary genres for NES ELA exam. You'll cover a variety of literary genres such as fables, folktales, myths, legends and essays, as well as major authors and works of world literature. After you complete these lessons you should be able to do the following:
- Describe the characteristics of different literary genres
- Define autobiography
- Give examples of folk literature
- Detail characteristics of didactic literature
- Examine key components of essay writing
- Identify the structure and definition of an informative essay
- Summarize the format of an evaluative essay
These lessons can 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 ELA exam with the practice quizzes and a chapter exam. Contact our expert instructors if you have any questions about the lesson material.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. 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!
6. 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!
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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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- NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts
- NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Technical & Functional Texts
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Nonfiction
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- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Drama
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Poetry
- NES ELA: The Renaissance in English Literature
- NES ELA: English Literature in the 17th & 18th Century
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- NES ELA: The Romantic Poetry Movement
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