Ch 2: PLACE English: Elements & Language in Literature

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Do you recall how dialogue relates to characterization? If not, this chapter on literary elements and language may get you set for taking the PLACE English test. Watch each video or use the timeline feature to locate specific literature topics.

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.

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: PLACE English: Elements & Language in Literature
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Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

1. Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

This lesson introduces you to a variety of ways that figurative language can impact the way you express yourself. You'll learn terms for several approaches and examples of each.

What Is a Figure of Speech?

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.

Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

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.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

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.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

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.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

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.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

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.

Influence of Dialogue or Incidents on Action, Character or Decisions

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.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

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.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

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.

Drawing Inferences in Fiction

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.

Analyzing How Story Elements Interact

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.

The Effects of Form & Structure in Poetry & Drama

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.

Drawing Inspiration from Historical Texts

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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