About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP English Literature Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the components of prose fiction. There is no faster or easier way to learn about prose fiction. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about kinds of fiction, setting, characterization, plot parts, flashbacks and theme.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an AP English Literature curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a prose fiction chapter exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Prose Fiction Unit Objectives:
- Describe the differences among novels, novellas and short stories.
- Define subplot.
- Identify what the components of setting are.
- Recognize the role of dialogue in characterization.
- Describe how flashbacks are used in fiction.
- Understand the use of theme.
- Discuss different figures of speech.
1. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types
In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.
2. 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.
3. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction
In this lesson, we will talk about characters and characterization. We will explore the various types of characters, examine some methods of characterization, and pay special attention to the role of dialogue.
4. Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots
This lesson explores plot in fiction. We will define the term, explore the various parts of a plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution), and learn about subplots.
5. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.
6. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples
Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.
7. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech
In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.
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Other chapters within the AP English Literature: Homeschool Curriculum course
- AP English - Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- Interpreting Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- Rhetorical Devices: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP English - Poetry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Types of Poetry: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP English - Prose: Homeschool Curriculum
- American Literary Periods: Homeschool Curriculum
- American Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- English Literary Periods: Homeschool Curriculum
- English Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- Grammar Review: Homeschool Curriculum
- Types of Essay: Homeschool Curriculum
- Essay Writing Basics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Writing & Revising an Essay: Homeschool Curriculum
- About the AP English Literature Test