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Ch 4: THEA Test: Point of View & Meaning in Literature

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Feel confident in your ability to pass the THEA test in Texas by watching short and engaging video lessons. Refresh your knowledge of point of view and meaning in literature, and take short quizzes to test that knowledge.

THEA Test: Point of View & Meaning in Literature - Chapter Summary

The process of studying for the THEA test can feel overwhelming if you don't know what to expect on the exam. In this chapter, gain insight into point of view and meaning in literature so you're ready to address the following:

  • Defining the author's purpose and determining the best audience or readers for an essay
  • Examining how literary forms and genres affect meaning
  • Analyzing the impact of words on meaning and tone
  • Explaining the meaning of diction and narrators in literature
  • Describing first-, second- and third-person point of view
  • Exhibiting comprehension of the point of view of characters vs. the reader
  • Sharing how point of view creates suspense and humor
  • Exploring strategies for assessing reading materials

You can tailor the video lessons to your studying needs, watching them in any order that works for you. Review the videos as often as necessary to take advantage of expert instruction that can help you prepare to answer questions on the exam.

THEA Test: Point of View & Meaning in Literature Objectives

The THEA test is designed to gauge the reading, mathematics and writing abilities of individuals who are preparing to enter the freshman year at Texas public colleges or universities. The subjects on this computer-based test are broken into three sections. Topics in this Point of View and Meaning in Literature chapter are found in the reading section, which consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that are matched up with approximately seven reading passages.

Take time to utilize the resources in this chapter to increase your chances of scoring well on the exam. In addition to watching the short video lessons, you can review full transcripts with helpful vocabulary words. You can also revisit key topics within the lessons by utilizing timelines located below the videos.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: THEA Test: Point of View & Meaning in Literature
Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

1. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.

How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

2. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.

Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

3. Literary Forms & Genres: How They Affect Meaning

In this lesson, we will explore literary forms and genres. We'll define these terms, look at examples of each, and see how they affect the meaning of the texts they characterize.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

4. 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.

Diction: Definition & Examples

5. Diction: Definition & Examples

In writing, diction refers to word selection. This lesson will explain the importance of diction, as well as how diction can be used to create voice and impact in one's writing.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

6. 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: First, Second & Third Person

7. 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.

Point of View of Characters vs. the Reader

8. Point of View of Characters vs. the Reader

Point of view is a key idea in literature. In this lesson, you'll learn several points of view that writers use and how those affect the reader. When you're finished, you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.

How Point of View Creates Suspense and Humor

9. How Point of View Creates Suspense and Humor

Point of view influences how readers understand literature. In this lesson you'll learn how writers use point of view to create feelings as different as suspense and humor, and you'll be able to test your understanding with a short quiz at the end.

Strategies for Assessing Reading Materials

10. Strategies for Assessing Reading Materials

One of the most important aspects of being an English language arts teacher is choosing suitable reading materials for your students. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for choosing the most appropriate materials.

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