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Ch 6: Organization of Written Works

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The organization of written works is emphasized throughout this chapter. Look to its informative tutorial video and text lessons for help with understanding symbolism, epithet and anecdotes in literature. The chapter also includes short self-assessment quizzes.

Organization of Written Works - Chapter Summary

This chapter on the organization of written works consists of several online video lessons along with a few text lessons. Each of them focuses on definitions and terms such as literary structure, flashbacks and paradox. Other lessons review the history and importance of allegory, catharsis and setting in literature. You'll also find examples of personification, anecdotes and parallelism. Go over the educational and enjoyable lessons in order to:

  • Describe narrative structure in literature
  • Outline five major organizational structures
  • Understand interaction among story elements
  • Define and provide examples of literary foreshadowing, flashbacks, allegory and setting
  • Identify the problem and solution, and recognize cause and effect in a reading passage
  • Explain how to analyze literary characters
  • Contrast apostrophe and personification
  • Explore uses of catharsis, imagery and symbolism in literature and drama
  • Demonstrate uses of epithets, parallelism, anecdotes, intertextuality and paradoxes

After reviewing each of the lessons, you may have a better grasp of the process of organizing written works. If you have questions about the material, you can submit them to our instructors for expert guidance. Usually short in duration, the lessons are available around the clock with online access on any mobile device. Take the self-assessment quizzes to ensure your retention. You may even take the quizzes again if necessary, and print out the results of your correct answers for further study.

18 Lessons in Chapter 6: Organization of Written Works
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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 explore the basic elements of a story and how they interact and shape one another to affect the story.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

4. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

5. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.

How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection

6. 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

7. 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.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

8. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

How to Analyze Characters in Literature: Explanation and Examples

9. 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.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

10. 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.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

11. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama

12. What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama

In this lesson, learn about catharsis, a purging of feelings that occurs when audiences have strong emotional reactions to a work of literature. Explore examples of literary works which lead to catharsis, including tragedies.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

13. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

Epithet in Literature: Definition & Examples

14. Epithet in Literature: Definition & Examples

Come explore the 'wine-dark' sea and meet Alexander the Great in this lesson on epithets! Keep reading to get familiar with the term and its many types, and get a chance to see these descriptors in action!

Paradox in Literature: Definition & Examples

15. Paradox in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn what a paradox is and what role they play in literature. We'll also look at several examples of paradoxes, including ones from Shakespeare, George Orwell and Joseph Heller.

Anecdote in Literature: Definition & Examples

16. Anecdote in Literature: Definition & Examples

All of us have little stories of funny or sobering personal experiences and have probably heard those of several others. In this lesson, you'll learn what makes these stories 'anecdotes,' as well as encounter a few examples of these brief narratives in literature!

What is Parallelism in Literature? - Definition & Examples

17. What is Parallelism in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Parallelism is a device used to make moments in literature memorable and alluring. Learn what makes parallelism such a powerful tool and read some famous literary examples.

Intertextuality in Literature: Definition & Examples

18. 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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