Ch 23: Reading - Literary Terms: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Reading - Literary Terms chapter of this SAT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master literary terms. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of literary terms.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material for the SAT will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to prepare for the SAT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding literary terms and concepts
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning reading skills (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about literary terms
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra reading resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the literary terms chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the literary terms chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about literary terms. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a literary terms unit of a standard SAT prep course. Topics covered include:

  • Literary motifs
  • Symbolism and imagery
  • Metaphors
  • Similes in literature
  • Types of irony
  • Allusion and illusion
  • Cliches and paradoxes
  • Personification
  • Foreshadowing types
  • Allegory
  • Types of narrators

17 Lessons in Chapter 23: Reading - Literary Terms: Help and Review
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What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

1. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

2. 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.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

3. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

5. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

6. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

7. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

8. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

9. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

10. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

11. 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.

Analogy in Literature: Definition & Examples

12. Analogy in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of an analogy, how to use this common literary device in writing and how to interpret its meaning when reading text.

Aporia: Definition & Examples

13. Aporia: Definition & Examples

Dealing with the concept of 'aporia' might throw you for a loop, but you can always make a detour to this lesson. Here, you'll discover more about how this dubious device works and get to see it put to use in a few examples!

Conceit in Literature: Definition & Examples

14. Conceit in Literature: Definition & Examples

A conceit in literature provides an exciting extended metaphor wherein we examine connections between two seemingly-unrelated concepts. Explore a conceit through a full definition and examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Juxtaposition as a Literary Term: Definition & Example Poems

15. Juxtaposition as a Literary Term: Definition & Example Poems

Explore the literary technique of juxtaposition as it uses comparison and contrast to spark meaning. Read a thorough definition, as well as example poems, and then take a quiz to test your new expertise.

Protagonist in Literature: Definition & Examples

16. Protagonist in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will look at the term 'protagonist.' The protagonist is the main character in a piece of literature. We even see protagonists in popular movies.

What Is a Memoir? - Definition & Examples

17. What Is a Memoir? - Definition & Examples

It takes a lot of courage to write a memoir: to reveal personal aspects about one's private life. In this lesson, we will take a look at what makes a story a memoir and examine a few of the most popular memoirs of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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