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Ch 15: OAE Reading: Understanding Literature

About This Chapter

You can improve your ability to understand literature by watching the video lessons in this chapter. They'll help you prepare for the OAE Reading assessment. Upon completion, take the practice chapter examination to see how much you've learned.

OAE Reading: Understanding Literature - Chapter Summary

Expand your understanding of literature before you sit for the OAE Reading examination for teacher licensure. Take a look at the forms and characters of various types of literature when you go through this chapter's lessons. They'll explain the differences between subjects and themes as well as genres and forms of writing. You can receive information about major forms of literature as you learn to distinguish between myths, legends and fables. This chapter might prepare you to:

  • Understand how literary forms can influence meaning
  • Discuss the history of children's literature
  • Recognize the characters of traditional literature
  • Identify various forms of non-fiction
  • Give examples of literary motifs
  • Understand literary and technical terms related to prose and poetry

When you study this chapter, you'll experience the fun and convenience of online learning. The video lessons are brief, and they can be viewed with a laptop, tablet or a traditional desktop computer. Animation and narration are accompanied by graphics, definitions and examples that are designed to help you get the most out of the lessons. If you have questions about literature, submit them to the experts using the interactive feature on the Dashboard.

7 Lessons in Chapter 15: OAE Reading: Understanding Literature
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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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