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Ch 17: NES ELA: Types of Literary Fiction

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Prepare yourself for certification testing with our Types of Literary Fiction study chapter. These lessons and quizzes were created by experienced instructors who are available to answer your questions as you progress.

NES ELA: Types of Literary Fiction - Chapter Summary

Refresh your knowledge of the types of fiction and the various genres, including notable writers. The lessons in this chapter cover the following topics:

  • Novels, novellas, and short stories
  • Gothic fiction
  • Detective fiction
  • Christian fiction
  • Mystery fiction
  • Crime fiction
  • Realistic fiction
  • Science fiction

The brief and entertaining video lessons are designed by experienced instructors. You can review the videos as many times as you need to, either wholly or by major topic, with the aid of the interactive timeline tool. The written lesson transcript can aid in your retention of the lesson by exposing you to the information in a different way. Finally, the lesson quizzes and practice exams can help ensure you're ready for test day.

NES ELA: Types of Literary Fiction Chapter Objectives

The National Evaluation Series (NES) develops certification exams for teachers that are used in many states. This chapter is relevant to the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature content domain of the NES English Language Arts test. This content domain makes up 23% of the approximately 150 multiple-choice questions on the test.

8 Lessons in Chapter 17: NES ELA: Types of Literary Fiction
Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

1. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.

Gothic Fiction: Definition, Characteristics & Authors

2. Gothic Fiction: Definition, Characteristics & Authors

In this lesson we will learn about 'Gothic fiction'. We discuss its characteristics and some of the authors involved in the genre. Afterwards, you will be asked to take a short quiz to test your comprehension.

Detective Fiction: Definition, History & Authors

3. Detective Fiction: Definition, History & Authors

In this lesson, we will define detective fiction and its characteristics, examine the history of this genre, and look at some of the major authors. We will also discuss how the genre, though still popular, has changed today.

Christian Fiction: Definition, Authors & Books

4. Christian Fiction: Definition, Authors & Books

Since the time of Jesus' parables, Christians have enjoyed a rich story-telling tradition. Learn more about it in the present day with this lesson on Christian fiction, where you'll also meet some of the genre's prominent writers and their work!

Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

5. Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

First appearing over 200 years ago, mystery fiction has since become one of the most psychologically popular of the literary genres. Read about what makes the genre, as well as writers who have helped it become what it is today.

Crime Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

6. Crime Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors

Crime fiction is one of the fastest growing genres in literature. Read about what makes it so exciting, along with some of the more significant writers and their novels.

What is Realistic Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

7. What is Realistic Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Short stories and novels that make you feel like you are getting to know real people dealing with believable situations can be considered realistic fiction. Watch this lesson to learn about realistic fiction and then test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

What is Science Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

8. What is Science Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

'20,000 Leagues under the Sea,' 'Frankenstein,' 'Star Trek' -- it's all science fiction, but what does that mean? Find out in this lesson where you'll learn more about the genre and its characteristics, as well as encounter some authors and their works that have made science fiction what it is today.

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