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Ch 7: Praxis English: Analyzing Literature

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Learn to analyze pieces of literature by watching online video lessons. Track your progress using quizzes to help you understand the literary analysis questions on the Praxis English examination.

Praxis English Language: Analyzing Literature - Chapter Summary

Watching video lessons in this chapter, you'll brush up your technique in using visualization, paraphrasing, understanding tone and mood and other literary analysis skills. Use these video lessons to expand your knowledge of subjects you'll need to know for the Praxis English test. The things you'll study in the video lessons for this chapter include:

  • A step-by-step guide to analyzing a literary passage
  • First, third and other points of view
  • Close and big picture reading strategies
  • Glossary of prose literary terms
  • Dialogue analysis
  • Comparing and contrasting ideas from a reading passage
  • Using dialogue to reveal character traits

The videos in this chapter guide you through the process of analyzing a piece of literature, showing you different approaches and going over key vocabulary terms. Our video lessons can help make learning how to analyze a literary work simple.

Praxis English: Analyzing Literature Chapter Objectives

The English Language Arts: Content and Analysis examination assesses your abilities, skill and knowledge of the English language, composition, rhetoric and literature to determine your readiness for secondary-level teacher licensing in English. About 40% of the exam focuses on reading literature and measures your understanding of texts, 19% covers language use and vocabulary and 41% focuses on writing, speaking and listening. The test consists of 130 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response (essay) questions.

The self-assessment quizzes included with each video lesson allows you to test your understanding of the information you've learned. Quizzes also help familiarize you with the types of questions you find on the actual test.

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: Praxis English: Analyzing Literature
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

1. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

2. 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.

Methods of Characterization in Literature

3. Methods of Characterization in Literature

In this lesson, we'll examine five methods of characterization, including physical description, action, inner thoughts, reactions, and speech. An excerpt from a brief narrative is provided to show how authors use the various methods of characterization to develop characters and create images for the audience.

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

4. 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.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

5. 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.

Plot Analysis: Example & Overview

6. Plot Analysis: Example & Overview

In this lesson, we will learn what a plot diagram is and how it is used to analyze a story. A plot diagram helps the reader better understand the story by using an in-depth analysis.

What is the Setting of a Story?

7. What is the Setting of a Story?

You may have learned about setting in elementary school, but the definition is actually a little more nuanced than just where a story takes place. This lesson explores differing aspects of setting and why it matters.

How Dialogue Reveals Aspects of a Character

8. How Dialogue Reveals Aspects of a Character

What we choose to say when we're secretive, angry, excited, or worried helps others understand our personalities. In this lesson, we're going to analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama reveal aspects of a character.

Practice Analyzing Dialogue

9. Practice Analyzing Dialogue

Secrets, revelations, and dramatic moments often unfold through important conversations. So when we are reading a novel, short story, or play, we need to be able to analyze dialogue to understand its purpose and importance.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

10. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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