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Praxis Middle School ELA: Literary Elements - Chapter Summary
To help you prepare for the Praxis Middle School ELA exam, the lessons in this chapter examine elements of literature, including point of view, narrators, and plot. You should be familiar with the following by the end of the chapter:
- Setting, conflict, and dialogue
- First, second, and third point of view
- Narrators in literature
- How to analyze plot
- External conflict
- Analyzing dialogue
- Direct and Indirect characterization
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1. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person
Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.
2. Point of View of Characters vs. the Reader
Point of view is a key idea in literature. In this lesson, you'll learn several points of view that writers use and how those affect the reader. When you're finished, you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.
3. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions
Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. What is External Conflict in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn how a conflict drives a story. External conflicts are examined with examples from classic and modern literature to demonstrate the concepts.
7. 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.
8. Direct Characterization: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn how an author directly establishes characterization. Unlike a lot of other literary devices, direct characterization is fairly easy to spot. Check your understanding of the lesson with a short quiz at the end.
9. Indirect Characterization: Definition & Examples
In children's stories, the author might directly describe a character as either 'evil' or 'kind-hearted.' But in more advanced works, the author usually describes how characters behave to show their personality. This is an example of indirect characterization, which is the focus of this lesson.
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- Praxis Middle School ELA: Language & Word Meaning
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- Praxis Middle School ELA: Instructional Technology
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- Praxis Middle School ELA: Student Assessment
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Student Motivation & Reflection
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