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PLACE English: Elements & Language in Literature - Chapter Summary
Authors create art by manipulating language and employing literary elements. Therefore, as an educator, if you want to possess true mastery over literature, you will need to know all the literary tricks. The information from these video lessons can assist you with remembering the definitions to key terms that will be examined on the PLACE English test. By going through the chapter carefully, you should have the following topics fresh in your mind on your test date:
- Using and translating figures of speech
- Themes, flashbacks, and tone
- The different components of plots and subplots
- How character roles, decisions, and dialogue affect characterization
- Identifying the interplay among literary elements
- The transformative effects of structure and literary form on texts
To make sure you have a clear understanding of these different literary elements, go through our chapter materials and double check how well you know everything. You can begin by reviewing each of the video lessons. The majority of our lessons can each be viewed in about seven minutes or so, which lets you get through a full chapter in probably less time than it would take to watch a movie. Some of our users are only looking for a quick recap on individual topics as they prepare for the PLACE English test. Luckily, the timeline feature underneath the video lessons pinpoints exactly where different topics are discussed in each video, allowing you to jump to the topics you need.
PLACE English: Elements & Language in Literature Objectives
There are five sections on the PLACE English test. You must possess a comprehensive knowledge of these sections to answer the multiple-choice questions correctly. In the literature section, your responses must demonstrate your familiarity with key literary elements and the use of language. These specific topics are addressed in half of the objectives in the literature section, so let our chapter help you get halfway through one of the biggest sections on this assessment.
1. Figurative Language: Definition & Examples
This lesson introduces you to a variety of ways that figurative language can help you express yourself. You'll learn terms for several types of figurative language and see examples of each.
2. What Is a Figure of Speech?
In this lesson, we will define figure of speech and explain why it is important in your writing. After this definition, we will examine the more common figure of speeches and look at some examples.
3. Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context
Figures of speech can add humor or drama to any situation, but you have to understand what they mean in order to connect the dots. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to interpret figures of speech, such as verbal irony, puns, idioms, and hyperbole.
4. 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.
5. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples
Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.
6. Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots
This lesson explores plot in fiction. We will define the term, explore the various parts of a plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution), and learn about subplots.
7. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction
In this lesson, we will talk about characters and characterization. We will explore the various types of characters, examine some methods of characterization, and pay special attention to the role of dialogue.
8. Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or Decisions
Having trouble analyzing a story? Not sure what events are important? Or how speech influences the story? This lesson describes how dialogue and incidents affect the plot and characters.
9. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage
In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.
10. Interpreting Tone in Fiction
This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.
11. Drawing Inferences in Fiction
In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.
12. Analyzing How Story Elements Interact
Authors don't simply put their thoughts on paper to create a perfect story. Instead, they need to design strong story elements that influence each other and interact. This lesson details those interactions.
13. The Effects of Form & Structure in Poetry & Drama
Form and structure can influence the meaning of poetry and drama. This lesson looks at the main forms and structures of poetry and drama and discusses how those elements can give you clues about what the piece means.
14. Drawing Inspiration from Historical Texts
This lesson explores how modern works of literature and film draw on historical texts. We will learn about the genre of historical fiction. Then, we will discover how the structures of fairy tales and mythic archetypes inspire contemporary writers.
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Other chapters within the PLACE English: Practice & Study Guide course
- PLACE English: Determining the Meaning of Words
- PLACE English: Literary Terms & Analysis
- PLACE English: Types & Features of Texts
- PLACE English: Literary Genres & Forms
- PLACE English: Instructional Reading Strategies
- PLACE English: Making Connections While Reading
- PLACE English: Context in Literary Works
- PLACE English: Medieval & Middle English Literature
- PLACE English: Renaissance Literature
- PLACE English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
- PLACE English: Romantic Prose in English Literature
- PLACE English: Romantic Poetry
- PLACE English: Victorian Era Literature
- PLACE English: Ancient & Modern World Literature
- PLACE English: Native & Colonial American Literature
- PLACE English: Romantic American Literature
- PLACE English: Dark Romanticism in American Literature
- PLACE English: Transcendentalism in American Literature
- PLACE English: Realism in American Literature
- PLACE English: Modern American Authors
- PLACE English: Harlem Renaissance Writers
- PLACE English: Contemporary American Literature
- PLACE English: Young Adult Literary Works & Authors
- PLACE English: Form & Structure in Writing
- PLACE English: The Writing Process
- PLACE English: Writing Mechanics
- PLACE English: Source Citations & References
- PLACE English: Print & Media Sources of Information
- PLACE English: Communication Strategies
- PLACE English: Effective Communication & Types of Speech
- PLACE English: Visual Communication
- PLACE English: Communicating with Technology
- PLACE English: Evaluating Media
- Strategies for Teaching Writing & Vocabulary
- Strategies for Teaching Literature & Poetry Analysis
- General Teaching Strategies
- PLACE English Flashcards