Ch 5: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Elements of Literary Texts

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Further explore the fundamental elements of literary texts by watching this chapter's videos on the subject. When you have reviewed each lesson, you could be ready to answer relevant questions on the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination.

WEST Middle Level Humanities - Elements of Literary Texts - Chapter Summary

Learn the skills necessary for breaking down literature into manageable components in order to facilitate easier analysis. Your review of this chapter's online video lessons helps you develop and hone this ability. Study the lessons before you take the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. Learn more about the elements of style, and revisit techniques for classifying characters. You can also examine different points of view and improve your ability to recognize figurative language. This chapter's videos might assist you with:

  • Identifying different literary periods
  • Outlining the rules for analyzing literary passages
  • Using text when interpreting literary meaning
  • Defining plot, foreshadowing and theme in literature
  • Explaining the importance of setting in literary works
  • Providing examples of literary flashbacks
  • Exploring characterization techniques
  • Discussing different types of narrators
  • Identifying several points of view through study and practice
  • Learning about the use of style in fiction
  • Discovering the importance of word choice
  • Studying different kinds of figurative language

Take advantage of 24/7 access to this chapter's video lessons as you prepare to sit for the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. Learn by watching the videos and reading the text transcripts as well as by using some of the handy features. Clickable links permit you to explore related lessons or important terms. Video tags allow you to skip from topic to topic and to pause the lessons. You can also submit related questions to the instructor. After you've watched the video lessons, the self-assessment quizzes will measure your progress.

WEST Middle Level Humanities - Elements of Literary Texts Objectives

The WEST Middle Level Humanities examination is made up of two subtests. The first subtest is titled English Language Arts and Reading. Equal to 42% of Subtest 1, its fifth domain, Reading Process and Comprehension, will assess your knowledge of literary texts. In part, you'll showcase your ability to evaluate setting, themes, plot and point of view. Subtest 1 and Subtest 2 consist of 55 multiple-choice questions each. When taking one subtest, you'll have an hour and 15 minutes for completion. If you take both tests in one sitting, you'll be allowed two hours and 30 minutes to answer all questions. The examination is administered by computer.

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Elements of Literary Texts
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Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

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

2. 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.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

3. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

4. What is Plot? - Examples & Definition

Plot is a literary term that refers to how narrative points are arranged to make a story understandable to the reader or observer. This lesson will look at the definition of plot, as well as examples of plot from well-known stories.

Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

5. Setting in Literature: Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review the important elements of a story. In particular, you'll learn about the components of the setting and its importance within the plot.

What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

6. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

7. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

8. Characterization: Character Roles & Dialogue in Fiction

In this lesson, we will talk about characters and characterization. We will explore the various types of characters, examine some methods of characterization, and pay special attention to the role of dialogue.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

9. 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 in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

10. Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

In this lesson, we will explore point of view in fiction. We will learn about several possible points of view (first person, second person, and third person) and practice identifying them.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

11. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

12. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech

In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

13. 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.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

14. 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.

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