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Ch 7: PLACE Elementary Education: Literary Genres & Terms

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Use our video lessons and quizzes to review elements of literary genres and relevant term definitions. Knowledge of these topics is important for taking the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Literary Genres & Terms - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide you with the opportunity to study literary forms, devices and terms. You will find out about differences between genres, the impact of genres on meaning and basic elements of literature. Once you have a firm grasp of these concepts, you will be able to demonstrate the following and apply what you know to correctly answering questions on the PLACE Elementary Education exam related to:

  • Discussing the role of literature and literary movements
  • Listing the characteristics of different literary genres
  • Providing examples of fables, myths, legends and folk tales
  • Defining poetry and prose literary terms
  • Explaining how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story onstage
  • Identifying universal themes
  • Detailing the use of foreshadowing and flashback
  • Relating different points of view and how tone is conveyed
  • Interpreting figurative language in literature
  • Understanding the use of idioms

A vast amount of information is presented through brief lessons that use illustrations and examples to make the material engaging and fun to learn. You will have the chance to assess what you have learned using the accompanying quizzes, which use the same multiple choice format found on the PLACE Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Literary Genres & Terms - Chapter Objectives

PLACE exams are required teaching licensure exams used in Colorado. Those seeking to become elementary school teachers must take and pass the PLACE Elementary Education exam. The test assesses a teacher's content knowledge of basic topics in math, science, social studies, and literacy/language arts, humanities and wellness & physical education.

The Literary Genres & Terms chapter is designed to help you reinforce what you know about various aspects of literature, the use of literary devices and terms used when describing literature. You can expect to find questions about these topics in the Language Arts and Literacy subtest of the PLACE Elementary Education exam. The exam is paper based and contains multiple-choice questions only.

15 Lessons in Chapter 7: PLACE Elementary Education: Literary Genres & Terms
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The Role of Literature in Society

1. The Role of Literature in Society

Literature assumes numerous roles in society, transforming the complex human condition with a narrative. Explore the different perspectives of literary critics to learn how it can cultivate empathy, alter reality, and create social change.

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

2. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

Western literature has many historical periods and stylistic movements from the Medieval period (circa 600-1500) through today. Discover the history, styles, and significant authors of Western literature during the Medieval Period, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Victorianism, Modernism, and Postmodernism.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

3. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

Literary forms and genres work together as the foundations for a piece of writing. Discover how literary forms and genre give meaning to a text while exploring the major literary forms and the nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama genres.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

4. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

Stories from around the world have been passed down from generation to generation through the spoken word, teaching and entertaining people for centuries. Explore the nature, origins, and differences between fables, folktales, myths, and legends, as well as examples of each type of story.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

5. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

In literature, prose is broadly defined as anything in written language that isn't poetry. Explore a glossary of terms about prose structure, conflict, narrative, resolution, themes, subtext, and tone.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

6. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Poetry, to the uninitiated reader, can seem like a literary art form with no rules, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Learn poetry terminology that will make poem appreciation easier and richer, including: how poems are divided up (verses, stanzas), how writers form a poem's rhythm (feet, stress, emphasis, meter), how the meanings of words affect a poem's meaning (denotation, connotation), types of wordplay used (alliteration, irony), and types of poems (doggerel, sonnet).

Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

7. Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

Literary elements are the essential components of any fictional literature and can greatly impact the story if any are altered. Explore more about literary elements, including the five types of literary elements and examples of each one.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

8. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

A Drama or a play, artistic writing expressed mainly through dialogue, is comprised of four elements: Character, Plot, Setting, and Symbolism. Explore the importance of each element, and the art behind dramatic form.

Universal Theme: Definition & Examples

9. Universal Theme: Definition & Examples

A universal theme is a theme which is relatable to a wide variety of readers. Explore the definition and understand what makes a universal theme, with examples of different universal themes in works of literature.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

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

Flashback refers to the interruption of the present time, recounting past events that add information or background to a story. Learn about the definition and examples of flashbacks in literature, and understand how to identify types of flashbacks.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

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

Authors of many different genres use foreshadowing to clue the reader in about future events in the story. Learn about several types of foreshadowing, including forms of direct foreshadowing, such as omens and prophecies commonly used in classic dramas, intentional misdirects like red herrings, and subtle foreshadowing, such as Chekhov's Gun and symbolic foreshadowing, which are seen more in contemporary works.

Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

12. Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

In fiction, there are several points of view from which a story can be told. Explore the first person, second person, and third person points of view, and practice identifying each.

How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

13. How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

Writers choose their words with care to convey tone and their point of view. Learn how to read as the author intended, explore how to determine tone, and identify the author's point of view.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

14. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

Interpreting figurative language in fiction can result in more interesting reading experiences. Learn to identify and define different types of figurative language, then use this knowledge to practice recognizing them.

What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

15. What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

An idiom is a saying or expression that says one thing literally but means something else when explored in context. This lesson provides examples and discusses why idioms are used and how Shakespeare was an early master of the use of idioms.

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