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Types of Literature Overview - Chapter Summary
This self-paced chapter offers the comprehensive overview you need to build a quality understanding of different literature types. Whether you're looking to refresh your knowledge of folk literature or strengthen your grasp of poetry as a literary form, our engaging lessons can help. Once you've explored this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Define and list types of fiction
- Differentiate between novels, novellas and short stories
- Showcase an understanding of biographies and autobiographies
- Discuss terms, time periods and styles of drama
- Identify and discuss graphic novel artists
- List and describe characteristics of informational text
The lessons in this chapter are easy to navigate and fun to review. Feel free to explore them whenever and wherever your schedule permits by taking advantage of around-the-clock computer and mobile access. Any questions that arise during your study of the lessons can be submitted to our experts via the Dashboard. Before the day of your test, be sure to use our mini quizzes and practice exam to confirm your understanding of different types of literature.
1. What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types
In this lesson, we will learn about fiction. We'll take a close look at its definitions and its types and explore the difference between literary and commercial fiction.
2. 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.
3. Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies
Literary nonfiction consists of many types of writing. Two of the most popular types are biographies and autobiographies. Watch this video lesson to learn more about these two types.
4. 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.
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.
6. Folk Literature: Definition & Books
From China to Israel to the United States, folk literature exists wherever there are humans to tell stories or to sing songs. Come hear more about these pieces of oral heritage and encounter some examples of the genre that you're sure to recognize!
7. Graphic Novel: Definition, Artists & Examples
Warning: this lesson may contain 'graphic' material not suitable for some viewers - unless of course they want to find out more about this artful literary form. Keep reading to discover the world of graphic novels and to meet the artists who bring them to life.
8. What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples
This lesson will help you understand and identify all components of informational text. Learn more about informational text and see examples in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the ILTS Middle Grades (5-8) Language Arts (201): Study Guide & Practice course
- Illinois Learning Standards
- Foundations of Literacy
- Language Components
- Overview of First & Second Language Acquisition
- Native Language & Second Language Acquisition
- Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction
- Literacy Assessment & Differentiation
- Utilizing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
- The Classroom Learning Environment
- Phonological & Phonemic Awareness
- Decoding & Fluency Teaching Strategies
- Standard American English Grammar & Usage
- Vocabulary Acquisition & Use
- Relationships Between Words
- Language & Reading Comprehension
- Skills for Reading Comprehension
- Reading Comprehension Overview & Instruction
- Literature Analysis & Interpretation
- Analysis of Nonfiction Texts
- Analysis of Media
- Forms of Writing
- Types of Performance
- Writing Instruction & Feedback
- Research Writing
- Computer Based Research & Communication
- Basics of Speaking & Listening in the Classroom