Ch 11: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Literary Devices

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This Literary Devices chapter has an abundance of lessons and quizzes that can help you study for the related part of the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam. These resources can give you the knowledge and confidence needed to pass your test.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Literary Devices - Chapter Summary

The lessons included in this chapter will help you learn and identify different literary elements including allegories, symbolism, epithets, anecdotes, plus more! The video lessons will teach you the ways in which all of these elements are used to create and enhance literary works, and they will help you become comfortable with answering similar questions on your exam. You will learn the following ways of mastering the these subjects:

  • Understanding the meanings and examples of forecasting, referring to events in the past and storytelling in literature
  • Learning to distinguish between personification and apostrophe
  • Making the connections between feelings and the use of catharsis, symbolism, and imagery
  • Discovering the meaning and famous examples of epithets
  • Recognizing the meanings and examples of paradox and parallelism
  • Understanding the use of anecdotes in literary works

After viewing each lesson, take the quizzes at the end to evaluate your knowledge of the information. If you have a question, you can always ask one of our instructors. Transcripts of the video lessons are also available if you would like to quickly review a lesson.

NMTA Middle Grades English ELA: Literary Devices Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam is taken by anyone who would like to become a teacher of English in New Mexico. The computerized exam features 150 multiple-choice questions which you will be given 3 hours to complete. The subjects in the NMTA Middle Grades English ELA: Literary Devices chapter matches up with the part of the exam that covers the analysis of various types of passages and literary works. This portion represents 29% of the whole NMTA Middle Grades Language Arts exam.

10 Lessons in Chapter 11: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Literary Devices
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What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

1. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

2. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

3. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

4. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama

5. What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama

In this lesson, learn about catharsis, a purging of feelings that occurs when audiences have strong emotional reactions to a work of literature. Explore examples of literary works which lead to catharsis, including tragedies.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

6. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

Epithet in Literature: Definition & Examples

7. Epithet in Literature: Definition & Examples

Come explore the 'wine-dark' sea and meet Alexander the Great in this lesson on epithets! Keep reading to get familiar with the term and its many types, and get a chance to see these descriptors in action!

Paradox in Literature: Definition & Examples

8. Paradox in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn what a paradox is and what role they play in literature. We'll also look at several examples of paradoxes, including ones from Shakespeare, George Orwell and Joseph Heller.

Anecdote in Literature: Definition & Examples

9. Anecdote in Literature: Definition & Examples

All of us have little stories of funny or sobering personal experiences and have probably heard those of several others. In this lesson, you'll learn what makes these stories 'anecdotes,' as well as encounter a few examples of these brief narratives in literature!

What is Parallelism in Literature? - Definition & Examples

10. What is Parallelism in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Parallelism is a device used to make moments in literature memorable and alluring. Learn what makes parallelism such a powerful tool and read some famous literary examples.

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