Ch 7: PLACE Elementary Education: Literary Genres & Terms

About This Chapter

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

This lesson analyzes literature's diverse roles in contemporary culture and society, from the perspective of different literary critics and cultural theorists.

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

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

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

5. 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

6. 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!

Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

7. Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the basic elements, or parts, of literary texts. We'll look at examples of each kind of literary element, and you can check your understanding with a brief quiz.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

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

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

Universal Theme: Definition & Examples

9. Universal Theme: Definition & Examples

This lesson will define universal theme and give you examples you can refer to in order to identify universal themes in other pieces of literature. At the end, you'll be able to test your understanding through a quiz.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

10. 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.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

11. 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.

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

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

In this lesson, we will explore point of view in fiction. We will learn about several possible points of view (first person, second person, and third person) and practice identifying them.

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

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

Writers give us many clues to help us understand why they write. In this lesson, we're going to check out the concepts of tone and point of view to see how they can be used to better understand a passage.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

14. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

15. What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

Break a leg! It takes two to tango. In this lesson, we'll learn all about idioms, those colorful figures of speech that play with language and take on a meaning of their own.

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