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Praxis Middle School ELA: Word Choice in Literature - Chapter Summary
Lessons in this chapter explore word choice in literature, including tone and mood, connotation and denotation, and interpretive figurative language. Extended metaphor, symbolism and imagery, and satire are also covered. Additionally, by the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:
- Types of irony
- Understatement and litotes
- How diction influences the style of a speech
- Interpreting tone in fiction
Short, engaging video lessons make the material fun and interesting, and knowledgeable instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. Self-assessment quizzes can be used to test your knowledge, or print them as worksheets to help you study. Visit your dashboard to track your progress through the course.
1. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose
In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.
2. 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.
3. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
4. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction
In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.
5. What is an Extended Metaphor in Literature? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will define extended metaphor and explain why an author may use it. We will then look at several different examples of extended metaphor used in poetry, including in Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope Is the Thing With Feathers'.
6. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.
7. Satire in Literature: Definition, Types & Examples
Satire is a literary device used to create change through the use of sarcasm, humor and ridicule. Learn more about different types of satire, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
8. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions
In this lesson, we'll explore three types of irony: verbal irony, situational irony and dramatic irony. We'll also learn about some famous and everyday examples of these types of irony.
9. Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples
In this lesson, explore the use of understatement as a way to draw attention to a specific quality or to add humor. Learn about litotes, a specific form of understatement, and discover examples from literature.
10. How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech
Audience understanding has much to do with the speech writer's word choice. Diction involves an accurate, appropriate and understandable selection of words to better convey the meaning of a speech.
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