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Prose Fiction - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Fiction is a wide category of literature. It can be a book about vampires, a story of a budding romance or a wild adventure of childhood friends. Fiction can be anything the imagination can come up with. It can be fun, scary, adventurous, romantic or even make you think. Most of the things you read casually probably fall into the category of fiction. In this chapter, you'll learn more about fiction, including what it is and its common forms. You'll discover the characteristics and elements found in fiction. You'll also learn about:
- Settings in fiction
- Points-of-view used in fiction
- The use of flashbacks in fiction
- Understanding the tone of a piece
- Special elements used in fiction
- Parts of a plot
|What is Fiction?||Examine what fiction is and what it is not.|
|Types of Fiction: Novels & Short Stories||Discover the types of fiction in literature.|
|Settings in Fiction: Time, Place & Atmosphere||See how settings are created in fiction.|
|Characterization: The Role of Characters & Dialogue in Fiction||Look at the characters used in fiction and the roles they play.|
|The Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts (Exposition, Conflict, Climax & Resolution) & Subplots||Explore the definition and parts of plots in fiction.|
|Using Flashbacks in the Plot||Analyze how flashbacks are used in fiction.|
|Point-of-View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & Author-Third Person||Learn about the different points-of-view learned in fiction writing.|
|The Theme in Fiction: Inferring the Main Idea||Discover how to determine the theme or main idea of a piece.|
|Interpreting Tone in Fiction||Study how tone is used in fiction and how to understand it.|
|Special Elements of Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech (Similes, Metaphors & Personification)||Examine how dialect and figures of speech are used as elements in fiction.|
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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
Themes in Literature List & Flashcards
A story with a well-developed theme that you can identify makes for great reading. This flashcard set explains what a theme is, how to identify one, and uses examples from famous fables, novels, and poems to assess your knowledge of universal themes.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Drawing Inferences in Fiction
In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.
13. 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.
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