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Ch 16: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Literary Genres & Other Types of Text

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With this collection of text and video lessons, you can easily guide your language arts students in grades 6-8 in their review for the SBA ELA. Short quizzes and a chapter test measure their understanding of literary genres and other types of text.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Literary Genres & Other Types of Text - Chapter Summary

Our chapter dealing with literary genres and various other types of text can help your students get ready for the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts/Literacy). The test is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and it assesses your 6-8 students' competencies in the following topics included in this chapter:

  • Comparison of legend, myth, folktale and fable
  • Autobiography
  • Period, subject, enumerative and annotated bibliography
  • Didactic literature
  • Informative and evaluative essays

Our lessons are written by subject-matter experts who have a knack for making learning fun. Video lessons contain amusing animations and full transcripts, while the print lessons offer links to additional lessons for extra support.

12 Lessons in Chapter 16: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Literary Genres & Other Types of Text
The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

1. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.

Autobiography: Definition & Examples

2. Autobiography: Definition & Examples

This lesson examines the genre of nonfiction. Specifically, you will learn how an autobiography is nonfiction, with examples illustrating the concepts.

Period Bibliography: Definition & Examples

3. Period Bibliography: Definition & Examples

Find out what period bibliographies are, how they're different from other types of bibliographies, and how they're useful. Read the lesson, and then take a brief quiz to test your new knowledge.

Subject Bibliography: Definition & Examples

4. Subject Bibliography: Definition & Examples

Find out what a subject bibliography is and how it can be useful to your research essay or project. Learn what goes into a subject bibliography, then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Enumerative Bibliography: Definition & Examples

5. Enumerative Bibliography: Definition & Examples

A bibliography is a listing of sources of information on a topic. There are a few different types of bibliographies, but the enumerative bibliography is one of the most commonly used. Let's take a closer look.

Annotated Bibliography: Definition & Examples

6. Annotated Bibliography: Definition & Examples

Learn what annotated bibliographies are and how they're used in the research process. In this lesson, we'll discuss what it means to annotate and what to include in annotated bibliographies for research essays and projects.

Folk Literature: Definition & Books

7. Folk Literature: Definition & Books

From China to Israel to the United States, folk literature exists wherever there are humans to tell stories or to sing songs. Come hear more about these pieces of oral heritage and encounter some examples of the genre that you're sure to recognize!

Didactic Literature: Definition & Examples

8. Didactic Literature: Definition & Examples

This lesson discusses didactic literature and goes over examples of this type of writing. Learn the definition, history, and a few literary examples of this enlightening genre!

Essay: Writing & Examples

9. Essay: Writing & Examples

What is an essay? An essay is a piece of nonfiction writing that expresses various genres or styles of prose depending on the subject, content, purpose, and audience of the particular piece.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

10. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

11. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.

Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

12. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

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