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Ch 5: TACHS: Literary Text

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The comprehensive lessons in this chapter explore literary text to help you prepare for the TACHS test in New York. Gauge your comprehension of the lessons by taking short self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam.

TACHS: Literary Text - Chapter Summary

Throughout this chapter, you can watch engaging video lessons to simplify the process of studying for the TACHS test. After learning more about literary text, you will feel prepared for the following:

  • Defining literary genres, plot, flashback and setting in literature as well as foreshadowing
  • Differentiating between fables, folktales, myths and legends
  • Analyzing a literary passage and interpreting literary meaning
  • Describing characterization, narrators in literature and point of view in fiction
  • Explaining theme in literature and style in fiction
  • Sharing the impact of word choice on meaning and tone
  • Exhibiting how to interpret figurative language in fiction

This chapter's resources give you access to expert instruction from the comfort of your home, or on the go via your smartphone or tablet. Submit any questions about lesson topics to experts who are ready to offer assistance.

TACHS: Literary Text Objectives

The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS) is used by Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens and the Archdiocese of New York as one way to determine qualifications for admission. Students must take the test in November of a given year, along with meeting other requirements, to gain admission in the following school year. The test consists of four sections that examine reading, language, math and ability. Questions on the exam are multiple choice.

In addition to reviewing the videos in this chapter, you can access full lesson transcripts with easily identifiable vocabulary words. Self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam give you practice with questions similar in content and format to those on the test. Use them to reinforce lesson concepts.

15 Lessons in Chapter 5: TACHS: Literary Text
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Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

3. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

4. 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.

What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

5. 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.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

6. 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.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

7. 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.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

8. 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.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

9. 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.

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.

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

11. 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.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

12. 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.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

13. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

14. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

15. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

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