Ch 8: Understanding & Analyzing Literary & Narrative Texts

About This Chapter

This chapter looks into various considerations and concepts key to understanding and analyzing literary and narrative texts. You'll review important literary elements while exploring thematics, interpretation and more.

Understanding & Analyzing Literary & Narrative Texts - Chapter Summary

This chapter delves into the reading and teaching of literary and narrative texts. It examines genre history and what to take into account when interpreting literature while also defining relevant terms. By the time you finish going through these lessons, you'll have an improved and refreshed understanding of:

  • Children's literature
  • Figurative language
  • Forms and examples of literary response and analysis
  • Tone and mood
  • Analyzing literary selections step-by-step
  • Teaching literary interpretation and comprehension

The practice quizzes attached to every lesson provide a way for you to check your comprehension of the material topic-by-topic. These quizzes allow you to jump right back to the related part of the lesson if you answer a question incorrectly, and they can also be printed as worksheets if you'd like to take a break from the computer.

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: Understanding & Analyzing Literary & Narrative Texts
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What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

1. What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about children's literature, the only genre defined by its audience, through a discussion of its history and themes, while also taking at look at some representative examples.

Children's Literature Across Cultures & Time Periods

2. Children's Literature Across Cultures & Time Periods

Stories written for children are connected to the historical and cultural traditions of people all over the world. In contemporary society, creating books for children and adolescents is a large and prosperous industry.

Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

3. Literary Elements: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the basic elements, or parts, of literary texts. We'll look at examples of each kind of literary element, and you can check your understanding with a brief quiz.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

4. 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.

Literary Response & Analysis Skills: Types & Examples

5. Literary Response & Analysis Skills: Types & Examples

This lesson is all about understanding literary response and analysis skills. We will define important terms, as well as go over strategies used for analyzing literary and narrative texts.

Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

6. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.

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

7. 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.

Teaching Literary Analysis & Comprehension

8. Teaching Literary Analysis & Comprehension

Learning how to analyze and comprehend literary texts is one of the most advanced and exciting aspects of reading instruction. This lesson explores how to get students on the path toward deep comprehension.

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