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PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Literary Elements - Chapter Summary
There are many literary elements used throughout a text and you can help your students recognize and understand them by using this test prep chapter as a study guide. In these lessons, expert instructors explain techniques for analyzing plot and describe how a story's setting can shape the characters and plot. Drawing from other related concepts tested on the PSSA - ELA Grade 7 exam, instructors cover additional topics that include:
- Character roles, literary settings, dialogue and analysis
- Plot techniques used in American fiction
- Central ideas and themes
- Identifying and analyzing literary themes and theme development
- Comparing and contrasting literary elements in a passage
- Interaction of story elements and how they influence one another
After your students thoroughly explore each concept illustrated in these lessons, test their understanding and retention of the material by offering the multiple-choice lesson quizzes. A more comprehensive chapter exam is also available which tests on multiple concepts from all the lessons. If students want to continue studying offline, they can use the printable quiz worksheets and transcripts for video lessons that include highlighted key words. Instructors are also always available to provide help, if needed.
1. 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.
2. Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples
A novel's plot involves more than just what happens in the story. Authors employ a number of techniques, including foreshadowing, red herrings, backstory, and B-plots to enrich their stories.
3. How Setting Shapes the Characters & Plot
You have probably learned the definition of setting in literature, but do you know how important it can be to a story? This lesson describes how a setting can influence the plot, the tone, the theme, and the characters.
4. 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.
5. How to Analyze Characters in Literature: Explanation and Examples
In this lesson, we will learn to analyze characters in literature by comprehending, interpreting and drawing conclusions about each character. We will look at a story to practice analyzing characters.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.
9. Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot
Once you can identify the plot, setting, characters, and theme of a story, there's still more to consider. In this lesson, you'll get a sense of how all four of those terms function together to have an effect on the reader.
10. How Story Elements Interact & Shape One Another
Story elements are not just individual parts of a story that function on their own. In this lesson, we will explore the basic elements of a story and how they interact and shape one another to affect the story.
11. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage
In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.
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Other chapters within the PSSA - English Language Arts Grade 7: Test Prep & Practice course
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Analyzing Text
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Poetry Analysis
- PSSA ELA Grade 7 - Types of Poems
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Drama Analysis
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Literary Point of View & Structure
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Word Choice & Tone
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Figurative Language
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Types of Essays
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Punctuation & Grammar
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Sentence Types & Components
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Clauses & Phrases
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Pronoun Usage
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Verbs, Tenses & Agreement
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Writing Basics
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Argumentative Writing
- PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Using & Citing Sources
- PSSA - English Language Arts Grade 7 Flashcards