Ch 9: NMTA Reading: Understanding Literature for Students

About This Chapter

This chapter of our comprehensive study guide can help refresh your knowledge of what students should know to understand literature. These video lessons will prepare you to correctly answer related questions on the NMTA Reading exam.

NMTA Reading: Understanding Literature for Students - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to review facts about different types of literature, including an overview of literary terms and genres. Our videos and quizzes can help you answer NMTA Reading exam questions on the following topics:

  • Literary forms and genres
  • Themes and history of children's literature
  • Traditional literature
  • Non-fiction as literary form
  • Literary motifs
  • Terms used to discuss prose and poetry

These short lessons, packed with examples, are accessible anytime via a computer, smartphone or tablet. They contain clickable timelines that let you quickly find areas of the lesson you want to review. All video lessons include a written transcript.

NMTA Reading: Understanding Literature for Students Chapter Objectives

Passing the NMTA Reading exam is one of New Mexico's requirements for some teaching licenses or an endorsement on an existing license. The exam is divided into four subareas, and questions on understanding literature are in the Developing Reading Comprehension and Promoting Independent Reading subarea, which accounts for 27% of the exam.

All the questions on the exam are multiple choice, asking you to read a statement and choose the best answer from four options. In addition to offering practice answering questions in this format, our quizzes let you assess your knowledge and see where extra study is required.

7 Lessons in Chapter 9: NMTA Reading: Understanding Literature for Students
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Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

1. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.

What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

2. What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about children's literature, the only genre defined by its audience, through a discussion of its history and themes, while also taking at look at some representative examples.

Traditional Literature: Definition, Characters, Types & Books

3. Traditional Literature: Definition, Characters, Types & Books

Learn what makes traditional literature such an influential part of our culture. This lesson will break down its definition, purpose, and popular examples.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

4. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.

What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

5. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

6. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

7. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

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