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Ch 5: PLACE English: Literary Genres & Forms

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Lyric poetry, one-act plays and autobiographies are just a few of the literary genres and forms you'll revisit when you watch the video lessons in this chapter. Use them along with the short multiple-choice quizzes to get ready for literature questions on your PLACE English exam.

PLACE English: Literary Genres & Forms - Chapter Summary

Review the characteristics of various literary genres and examine the ways in which they tackle similar themes. This chapter can help you study for PLACE English exam questions with lessons on the following topics:

  • Types of nonfiction
  • Sources of modern fiction
  • Allegory
  • Humor writing
  • One-act and multi-act plays
  • Sonnets
  • Odes
  • Ballads
  • Epic poems

These self-paced videos allow you to breeze through lessons on topics you're already familiar with or spend a little extra time studying those you'd like to brush up on. You can also access lesson quizzes, a chapter test and a practice final exam at any point during your studies.

PLACE English: Literary Genres & Forms Chapter Objectives

The PLACE English exam contains around 100 multiple-choice questions and is used to measure the knowledge of applicants for licensure as English teachers in Colorado.

Questions covering the topics discussed in this chapter are found in the exam's literature content domain. To successfully answer them, you'll need a familiarity with the characteristics of drama, poetry, fiction and works of nonfiction, such as biographies and essays.

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: PLACE English: Literary Genres & Forms
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Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

1. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

How Different Literary Genres Approach Similar Themes & Topics

2. How Different Literary Genres Approach Similar Themes & Topics

Different genres may approach themes in different ways, but similarities are always present when dealing with complementary ideas. This lesson uses the theme of justice to explain how different genres handle similar ideas.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

3. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.

Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

4. Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works

In this lesson, we're going to see how myths, traditional stories, and religious writings serve as sources for modern fiction. We'll define each of these and look at examples of modern interpretations.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing

6. Satire, Parody, or Spoof: Types of Humorous Writing

Learn about how writers use satire, parody and spoof to make their readers laugh and think. Explore how these forms mock the conventions of specific literary works and genres.

One-Act & Multi-Act Plays: Elements & Examples

7. One-Act & Multi-Act Plays: Elements & Examples

Classic theater is known for it's multiple acts and long length, but there are also one act plays, each have their own place in the world of theater. In this lesson, we will discuss the differences between the two types of plays as well as some examples.

Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

8. Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

Some of history's most famous heroes have been immortalized in narrative poetry: King Arthur, Odysseus, and even Jed Clampett. From Homer to Chaucer to Poe to The Beverly Hillbillies, narrative poetry has been used to preserve some of the world's greatest stories.

Lyrical Poems: Types & Examples

9. Lyrical Poems: Types & Examples

From Shakespeare to Keats to Tennyson, many of the great masters of poetry have written short, non-narrative poems known as lyrics, which convey an emotion or image in carefully wrought language. We'll look at a few types and examples in this lesson.

Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples

10. Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples

This lesson analyzes the characteristics of lyric poetry. Several types of lyric poetry are described with examples demonstrating the construction and theme of each type.

Sonnets: Definition & Examples

11. Sonnets: Definition & Examples

If you want to profess your love in a poem, you might not think to look back a few hundred years for inspiration. Learn how some of the greatest poets in history used the sonnet to woo their lovers.

Odes: Forms & Examples

12. Odes: Forms & Examples

Have you ever appreciated something or someone so much you were inspired to write a poem? If so, then the ode is the poem for you! Learn about the three types of odes and how they are used to celebrate the people and things.

What is a Ballad Poem? - Definition, Structure & Examples

13. What is a Ballad Poem? - Definition, Structure & Examples

Ballad poems, folk ballads. . . they're all the same, right? Not exactly. Find out the difference in this lesson, where you'll learn about ballad poems, their structure and get to see a couple examples of this poetic genre.

Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

14. Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

Learn about epic poetry in the ancient world. Explore two epic poems, ''Gilgamesh'' and ''The Iliad'' and discover the information these poems contain about the cultures that created them.

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