Ch 12: Teaching Literary Genres & Structures

About This Chapter

This chapter has lessons that are designed to assist you in teaching literary genres and structures. Look at techniques and activities that aid in teaching literary genres, an overview and examples of poetry as a literary form, and letter and diary forms of epistolary writing.

Teaching Literary Genres & Structures - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to enhance your knowledge of teaching literary genres and structures. Analyze examples of structure in literature. Take a look at terms, time periods and styles of drama. Study other lesson information, such as:

  • Definition and process of reading
  • Definition, characteristics, types and examples of literary genres
  • Novel, novella and short story types of fiction
  • Definition and examples of non-fiction as literary form
  • Definition and importance of multicultural literature
  • Identification of a reading selection's organization

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11 Lessons in Chapter 12: Teaching Literary Genres & Structures
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What is Reading? - Definition & Process

1. What is Reading? - Definition & Process

Reading requires one to identify and understand strings of words in a fluid manner. It is a detailed process that includes comprehension, word recognition, engagement, and fluency. This lesson will highlight three components of reading and outline the practical opportunities for application.

Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

2. 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.

How to Teach Literary Genres: Techniques & Activities

3. How to Teach Literary Genres: Techniques & Activities

To help your students become lifelong readers, you are going to have to teach them about different genres of literature. This lesson will provide some strategies, techniques and activities for teaching literary genres to your students.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

4. 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.

What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

5. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

6. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.

Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

7. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.

Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

8. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.

Multicultural Literature: Definition, Books & Importance

9. Multicultural Literature: Definition, Books & Importance

Multicultural literature features characters and themes from countries around the world. Writers in this genre express their ideas and values through the characters featured in their work. By examining these works in detail, you can learn how to understand them and broaden your understanding.

Structure in Literature: Definition & Examples

10. 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.

Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

11. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.

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