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Ch 15: NES Middle Grades ELA: Interpreting Literary Fiction

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Studying for the NES Middle Grades English Language Arts exam can be an enjoyable experience with these literary fiction centered video lessons and quizzes. Use this chapter to help you become more comfortable with answering similar questions on the exam.

NES Middle Grades ELA: Interpreting Literary Fiction - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains interesting and brief video lessons that will help you recall the use of characterization in a fictional work. You will be able to explore how elements like tone are utilized within them. Our short but comprehensive quizzes will help you test and track your progress in understanding concepts like figurative language. The mixture of our video lessons and quizzes will ensure that you can answer questions based on the following topics:

  • Types of fiction and fictional styles
  • Descriptions and development of characters
  • Definition and elements of a plot
  • Elements of a short story
  • Ways to determine the tone
  • Figurative language decoded
  • Methods used to enhance the plot
  • Themes in fiction
  • Differences found in make-belief portrayals vs. factual accounts

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NES Middle Grades ELA: Interpreting Literary Fiction Objectives

You may be wondering which segment of the Middle Grades English Language Arts does this chapter cover. It covers Reading Various Text Forms and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature which accounts for 29% of the whole exam. You can be prepared to answer 150 multiple-choice questions on items like types of literary works, plots, and tone. You will be given approximately 3 hours take your exam on a computer.

11 Lessons in Chapter 15: NES Middle Grades ELA: Interpreting Literary Fiction
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What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

1. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

2. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

In this lesson, we will talk about characters and characterization. We will explore the various types of characters, examine some methods of characterization, and pay special attention to the role of dialogue.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

3. Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

This lesson explores plot in fiction. We will define the term, explore the various parts of a plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution), and learn about subplots.

Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

4. Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

A novel's plot involves more than just what happens in the story. Authors employ a number of techniques, including foreshadowing, red herrings, backstory, and B-plots to enrich their stories.

Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples

5. Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples

Identifying the tone, setting, and mood in a short story can help you analyze that story. In this lesson, we'll think about those literary features in the context of a few well-known American short stories.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

6. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

7. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

8. 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.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

9. Drawing Inferences in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.

How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

10. How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

How do classic characters like Cinderella translate for our times? In this lesson, we'll discuss theme in literature, and you'll read about an example of how authors sometimes draw on themes from already existing works to appeal to contemporary audiences.

Comparing & Contrasting a Fictional Portrayal to Historical Accounts

11. Comparing & Contrasting a Fictional Portrayal to Historical Accounts

Many novels take events or people from history and treat them in a fictional manner. The author may make significant changes to the historical facts, but in doing so it can give the reader a deeper understanding of history.

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