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Ch 17: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Interpreting Literary Fiction

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Review techniques for interpreting literary fiction as you prepare for the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination. This chapter's video lessons focus on the topic and include a helpful chapter examination and self-assessment quizzes.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Interpreting Literary Fiction - Chapter Summary

Prior to taking the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination, watch these video lessons for help with explaining figurative language, drawing conclusions based on given information and exploring recycled literary themes. Brush up on strategies for analyzing short stories and fictitious plots, and further examine style elements and syntax in fiction. When you watch these lessons, you could develop your ability to:

  • Define and identify different kinds of fiction
  • Outline characterization methods
  • Study fictitious plots and subplots
  • Explore plot techniques in American fiction
  • Gain strategies for analyzing American short stories
  • Interpret style, tone and figurative language in fiction
  • Learn more about drawing inferences in fiction
  • Discover how fictitious works draw inspiration from other fictitious themes
  • Compare and contrast fictitious portrayals

Delivered by educated professionals and English Language Arts experts, these brief online videos are accessible 24/7. Prepare for the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination by studying and recalling these concepts. The comprehensive lessons are accompanied by written transcripts, and they include video tags for navigational purposes. Use the ask-a-question feature when necessary, and find quizzes that can test your understanding of key concepts.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Interpreting Literary Fiction Chapter Objectives

Your expertise in analyzing and interpreting literary fiction may be evaluated once you reach the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination's Reading Various Text Forms and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature content domain. The domain is the equivalent of 29% of the assessment score. This is a computer-administered examination that consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have up to three hours to complete the assessment and to potentially qualify for an English Language Arts teaching certification.

11 Lessons in Chapter 17: NMTA 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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