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PLACE English: Types & Features of Texts - Chapter Summary
You may remember some of the more common terms and types of texts, but if you feel uncertain about those definitions, then this chapter may be just what you need to refresh your memory. Before sitting for the PLACE English test, get yourself reacquainted with the following:
- Poetry and prose literary terms
- The basics of literary movements and periods throughout history
- Fiction and nonfiction types
- Informational texts, drama, and speeches
- Plot analysis
- Setting, characters, and themes
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PLACE English: Types & Features of Texts Chapter Objectives
English teachers pursuing licensure to teach within the state of Colorado will have to take the PLACE English test, which is an assessment used to verify that educators know information concerning the five key subareas within this field. Multiple-choice questions on the test ask about such topics as reading, visual communication, writing, written communication, and oral communication. The topics reviewed in this chapter about the types and features of texts have been chosen specifically to meet some of the objectives from the literature section. Our lessons can provide you with clarification about genres, fiction types, and narrative devices, and you will need to possess a clear understanding of these topics to do well on this section of the test.
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories
Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.
5. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples
There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.
6. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles
Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.
7. What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples
This lesson will help you understand and identify all components of informational text. Learn more about informational text and see examples in this lesson.
8. Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion
There are essentially three types of speeches public speakers use to influence their audience. In this lesson, we'll look at those three types of speeches and how each serves a different purpose.
9. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition
Plot is a literary term that refers to how narrative points are arranged to make a story understandable to the reader or observer. This lesson will look at the definition of plot, as well as examples of plot from well-known stories.
10. How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples
In this lesson, we will discuss how to analyze a plot in three basic steps. We will take these three steps and break them down to understand how to analyze a plot by analyzing a fable.
11. Character in Literature: Definition, Types & Development
What do Cinderella's stepsisters, Jeannine Matthews, and Neville Longbottom have in common? They are all characters in literature. This lesson focuses on what a character is by using specific examples to illustrate various types of characters.
12. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples
In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.
13. Themes in Literature: Examples and Explanation
One of the most common things that students are asked to do in middle school is to discuss the theme of a story. In this lesson, you'll learn about themes, and you'll read three examples from well-known stories.
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Other chapters within the PLACE English: Practice & Study Guide course
- PLACE English: Determining the Meaning of Words
- PLACE English: Elements & Language in Literature
- PLACE English: Literary Terms & Analysis
- 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