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Ch 7: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Literary Structure

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As you prepare for NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam, be sure to include this chapter to improve your understanding of the organization of literature, story elements, elements of cause and effect, and characters in literature.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Literary Structure - Chapter Summary

Study the lessons in this chapter to fortify your knowledge about the organization and structures of literature. Start by reviewing this series of short, engaging lesson videos, in which our professional instructors discuss:

  • Structure of literature
  • Organization in reading selections
  • Interactions between story elements
  • Importance of settings in literature
  • Identifying problems and their solutions in readings
  • Causes and effects in readings
  • Analyzing characters in literature
  • Intertextuality in literature

These videos are mobile device compatible so that you can watch them when you are away from your desk. When you finish a lesson, be sure to take the quiz that accompanies it to test your understanding of the material and discover topics that you haven't mastered. Reinforce your understanding of the topics you haven't mastered with the video tags that take you to the locations of the lessons that discuss them. Alternatively you may read over the written overviews of the videos.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Literary Structure Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam is composed of 150 multiple-choice questions used to measure prospective middle grades language arts teachers' understanding of the subject. This computer-based exam is administered in a 180-minute testing session. On test day, be prepared for 21% of the questions on this exam to belong to the content domain of Reading Process and Comprehension and Reading in Multiple Subject Areas, which may include some questions about organizational structures of text. Use this chapter to help in you preparation for these questions and improve your understanding of literary structure.

8 Lessons in Chapter 7: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Literary Structure
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Structure in Literature: Definition & Examples

1. Structure in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn exactly what is meant by structure of literature. Some common methods of organization are provided. The main focus will explore the narrative structure of literature, using the popular story of Cinderella to help understand the various elements associated with this structure.

Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

2. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.

How Story Elements Interact & Shape One Another

3. How Story Elements Interact & Shape One Another

Story elements are not just individual parts of a story that function on their own. In this lesson, we will explore the basic elements of a story and how they interact and shape one another to affect the story.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

4. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.

How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection

5. How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection

Informational texts can be arranged in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify the problem/solution structure. We will look at key words used and an example that uses this format.

How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

6. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.

How to Analyze Characters in Literature: Explanation and Examples

7. How to Analyze Characters in Literature: Explanation and Examples

In this lesson, we will learn to analyze characters in literature by comprehending, interpreting and drawing conclusions about each character. We will look at a story to practice analyzing characters.

Intertextuality in Literature: Definition & Examples

8. Intertextuality in Literature: Definition & Examples

Have you ever read something that you know you've seen somewhere before? Some people might explain this as 'intertextuality,' and they wouldn't be wrong. Find out more about this idea that goes much deeper than literary deja-vu in this lesson!

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