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Ch 5: STAAR English II: Prose Fiction

About This Chapter

This chapter presents lessons on prose fiction that were designed to help prepare you for your upcoming State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test.

STAAR English II: Prose Fiction - Chapter Summary

Let our subject-matter experts help you as you get ready to take the STAAR English II test. These lessons on fiction are intended to get you ready for answering test questions on topics like:

  • Definition and types of fiction
  • Plot and subplots in fiction
  • Character roles, dialogue and motivation
  • Moral dilemmas and culture
  • Points of view in fiction
  • Types of narrators in literature
  • Interpreting tone in fiction

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11 Lessons in Chapter 5: STAAR English II: Prose Fiction
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What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

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.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

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.

Plot in Fiction: Definition, Parts & Subplots

3. 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.

How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

4. 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.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

5. 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.

Character Motivation: Definition & Examples

6. Character Motivation: Definition & Examples

What makes a character tick? In this lesson, we will examine the concept of character motivation and why it is so important in telling a believable story.

How Fiction Draws on Character Types from Other Works

7. How Fiction Draws on Character Types from Other Works

In this lesson, we're going to explore how modern fiction draws character types from myths, traditional stories, and the bible. We'll look at several of these characters in their ancient and modern variations.

Moral Dilemmas & Culture in Works of Fiction

8. Moral Dilemmas & Culture in Works of Fiction

In this lesson, we'll compare and contrast some moral dilemmas that characters in literature face to see how the culture affects the character's choices.

Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

9. 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.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

10. 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.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

11. 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.

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