Ch 8: Types & Analysis of Literature & Nonfiction

About This Chapter

This chapter instructs you on how to properly analyze various types of nonfiction and literature. Using short and engaging lessons, the chapter shows you how differentiate between literature genres and what to look for when analyzing them.

Types & Analysis of Literature & Nonfiction - Chapter Summary

The comprehensive and engaging lessons in this chapter help you identify different types of literature and nonfiction and understand how to effectively analyze them. You'll take a look at the characteristics of several literary and nonfiction genres and understand their similarities, differences, terminology and history.

After completing this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • List the characteristics of several literary genres
  • Evaluate the importance of multicultural literature
  • Compare and contrast different types of fiction
  • Understand drama terminology, time periods and styles
  • Define types of lyric poetry
  • Know what nonfiction is
  • Recognize the characteristics of different types of informational texts
  • Differentiate between fact, persuasion and informed opinion in works of nonfiction
  • Analyze a text's purpose and an argument's effectiveness
  • Assess examples of rhetorical devices
  • Identify organizational features and structures of informational texts
  • Find meaning in visual media

These literature and nonfiction lessons present each concept with easy-to-understand definitions and memorable examples. Each lesson is taught by an expert instructor, and you'll find several features that help streamline the learning process. These features include self-assessment quizzes, lesson transcripts, interactive video tags that jump to specific topics and a convenient course Dashboard that lets you keep track of your progress through the chapter.

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: Types & Analysis of Literature & Nonfiction
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Multicultural Literature: Definition, Books & Importance

2. 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.

Comparing & Contrasting Types of Fiction

3. Comparing & Contrasting Types of Fiction

From tales of adventure like 'The Wizard of Oz' to the gritty reality of novels like 'The Jungle', the many genres of literature all have a place. Whether to make you think or just help you escape for a while, there are as many types of fiction as there are types of writers. This lesson will cover just a few of those types.

What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

4. 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.

Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples

5. Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples

This lesson analyzes the characteristics of lyric poetry. Several types of lyric poetry are described with examples demonstrating the construction and theme of each type.

What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

6. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.

Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

7. Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

Informational nonfiction is a large category that includes various types of writing. Learn about two of those types, articles and speeches, in this video lesson.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

8. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

9. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

10. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.

Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

11. Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

Rhetorical devices are used in language to communicate effectively and persuade. Here you'll discover more about rhetorical devices and learn how to put some of them to use in some persuasion of your own.

Informational Texts: Organizational Features & Structures

12. Informational Texts: Organizational Features & Structures

Informational texts are a type of nonfiction, factual writing. This lesson will identify the organizational features and structures of informational texts. It will also discuss the different patterns an author may use.

Finding Meaning in Visual Media: Strategies & Examples

13. Finding Meaning in Visual Media: Strategies & Examples

You know how to read a book. But do you know how to 'read' a painting? In this lesson, you'll get some strategies for interpreting visual media like painting, sculpture, and photography.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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