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Structure & Literary Devices in Prose - Chapter Summary
This chapter uses a series of text and video lessons to help you review essential structural elements and devices used in prose. You'll cover setting, plot and theme, learn strategies for interpreting meaning and discuss the use of tone and mood. In addition, you'll review ways to incorporate these topics into classroom instruction. By the end of the chapter, you'll have covered the following:
- Literary structure
- Flashback and foreshadowing
- Using text to interpret meaning
- Plot, setting and theme
- Point of view
- Tone and mood
- Strategies for teaching literary analysis and comprehension
- Genres of children's literature
Use these lessons to catch up on topics you may not have covered in awhile. Our instructors use plenty of real-world examples to help you apply these concepts to classroom instruction. Isolate the topics you want to focus on with the video timeline tags, and test your comprehension of lesson topics with the self-assessment quizzes.
1. Structure in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will learn exactly what is meant by structure of literature. Some common methods of organization are provided. The main focus will explore the narrative structure of literature, using the popular story of Cinderella to help understand the various elements associated with this structure.
2. 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.
3. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.
4. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition
Plot is a literary term that refers to how narrative points are arranged to make a story understandable to the reader or observer. This lesson will look at the definition of plot, as well as examples of plot from well-known stories.
5. 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.
6. Themes in Literature: Examples and Explanation
One of the most common things that students are asked to do in middle school is to discuss the theme of a story. In this lesson, you'll learn about themes, and you'll read three examples from well-known stories.
7. 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.
8. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person
Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.
9. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage
In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.
10. Teaching Literary Analysis & Comprehension
Learning how to analyze and comprehend literary texts is one of the most advanced and exciting aspects of reading instruction. This lesson explores how to get students on the path toward deep comprehension.
11. Genres in Children's Literature
Reading throughout childhood can be a powerful tool for healthy development. This lesson will explore the different genres in children's literature and will end with a short quiz to see what you have learned.
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