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NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary Genres - Chapter Summary
What are the differences between prose and poetry, or fiction and nonfiction? Explore the elements of various genres of literature in preparation for the NYSTCE English Language Arts test. This chapter of our online study guide includes the following lesson topics:
- Defining prose and using foreshadowing and character
- Understanding nonfiction
- Fiction types
- The fable, folklore, myth and legend
- Epistolary writing: letters and diaries
- Understanding and analyzing drama
- Contemporary Young Adult fiction
- Form and meaning in poetry
- Approximate rhyme
You can experience the types of multiple-choice questions you might encounter on the test by taking the quick quizzes after each lesson. They can also alert you to any areas that might need more attention.
NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary Genres Objectives
The subarea of your test that pertains to the fundamentals of literature composes about 22% of the exam. In addition, the written, constructed-response assignment that constitutes ten percent of your test also assesses many of the same objectives. Review the following in preparation:
- Characteristics and significance of folk literature and mythology
- The understanding of genre as a means of evaluating the merits of literature
- Elements of fiction
- Characteristics of legends, fables, fantasies and realistic novels
- Types of drama
- Dramatic structure
- Types of nonfiction
- Comparison of fiction and nonfiction
- Organization in nonfiction works
- Evaluating nonfiction
- Poetry: formal rhyme schemes, poetic techniques, stanza structures and poetic meter
- Narrative poetry
- Patterned lyric poetry
- Adolescent literature: genres, topics and themes
You'll answer approximately 90 multiple-choice questions over the course of the exam, in addition to writing your constructed-response assignment. We can help you review all the objectives listed above, so that you can be ready when test day arrives.
1. What is Genre? - Definition & Types
Genre is a French word that means sort or style. It is often used to classify different types of art. In this lesson, we will define genre, learn why it's important and look at how genres evolve over time.
2. What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character
This literature lesson will teach you the difference between prose and other writing. You'll also learn how to analyze characters and foreshadowing to better understand the author's intentions, theme, and underlying meanings.
3. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples
There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.
4. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories
Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.
5. 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.
6. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms
In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.
7. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles
Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.
8. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging
If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.
9. Contemporary Young Adult Fiction: Topics, Themes & Place
Young adult literature has grown and expanded in the last 50 years. In this lesson, you'll learn about the topics, themes, and places that appear in young adult fiction, and you'll have a chance to test your understanding with a short quiz.
10. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples
This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.
11. Form & Meaning in Poetry
In this lesson, we will explore how form and content combine to create meaning in poetry. Along the way, we will examine the components of poetic form and content and define poetic meaning.
12. Approximate Rhyme: Definition & Examples
This lesson focuses on words or phrases that sound the same, or rhyme. Approximate rhyme is defined, and examples show how it differs from exact rhyme.
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Other chapters within the NYSTCE English Language Arts (003): Practice and Study Guide course
- NYSTCE Information Resources
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Reading Comprehension Strategies
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Literary Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary History & Culture
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: World Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: American Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: British Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Informational Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing U.S. Documents
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Arguments
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: The Pre-Writing Process
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Revising & Editing Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Style
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Narrative & Descriptive Writing
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Research & Writing Tips
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Interpersonal Communication
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Communicating in Groups
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Evaluating & Delivering Speeches
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Persuasive Speaking
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: English Language & Grammar
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Assessment Types & Techniques
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Instructional Strategies
- NYSTCE English Language Arts Flashcards