Ch 14: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Literary Genres

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The state of New Mexico has replaced the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam with the NES Middle Grades English Language Arts exam. Watch these lessons to improve your understanding of the different genres and forms of literature before taking this teacher certification test.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Literary Genres - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers material about some of the literary genres and forms of literature that you need to know before you take the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam. For this review, watch our expert instructors in a series of short, engaging lesson videos about:

  • Characteristics and types of literary genres
  • Fables, folktales, myths and legends
  • Autobiographies
  • Different types of bibliographies
  • Folk and didactic literature
  • Informative and evaluative essays

Take advantage of the versatility of these lessons and watch them on your mobile devices whenever you have time to spare. You can also use the lesson quizzes to discover topics you don't understand and return to the lessons to improve your understanding of the material. When you think you have mastered the material of this chapter, take the practice chapter exam to test your knowledge of the material before you take the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Literary Genres Chapter Objectives

Individuals take the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam to demonstrate their understanding of the English language arts and earn certification as middle grades language arts teachers. On test day, you will be tasked with answering 150 multiple-choice questions in a 180-minute testing session. Twenty-one percent of these questions are part of the Reading Process and Comprehension and Reading in Multiple Subject Areas content domain and this section may include questions on strategies for reading in multiple subject areas. This chapter can help you improve your understanding of these strategies by reviewing different genres and forms of literature.

12 Lessons in Chapter 14: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Literary Genres
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Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

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.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

2. 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.

Autobiography: Definition & Examples

3. Autobiography: Definition & Examples

This lesson examines the genre of nonfiction. Specifically, you will learn how an autobiography is nonfiction, with examples illustrating the concepts.

Period Bibliography: Definition & Examples

4. Period Bibliography: Definition & Examples

Find out what period bibliographies are, how they're different from other types of bibliographies, and how they're useful. Read the lesson, and then take a brief quiz to test your new knowledge.

Subject Bibliography: Definition & Examples

5. Subject Bibliography: Definition & Examples

Find out what a subject bibliography is and how it can be useful to your research essay or project. Learn what goes into a subject bibliography, then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Enumerative Bibliography: Definition & Examples

6. Enumerative Bibliography: Definition & Examples

A bibliography is a listing of sources of information on a topic. There are a few different types of bibliographies, but the enumerative bibliography is one of the most commonly used. Let's take a closer look.

Annotated Bibliography: Definition & Examples

7. Annotated Bibliography: Definition & Examples

Learn what annotated bibliographies are and how they're used in the research process. In this lesson, we'll discuss what it means to annotate and what to include in annotated bibliographies for research essays and projects.

Folk Literature: Definition & Books

8. 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!

Didactic Literature: Definition & Examples

9. 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!

Essay: Writing & Examples

10. 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.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

11. 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.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

12. 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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