Learn How To Read Literature: Elements of Fiction
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- Identify the five stages of plot and the two pivotal moments in a work of fiction
Distinguish between the author and narrator in a work of fiction
Identify the method of narration in a work of fiction
- Identify the three elements of setting in a work of fiction
- Identify descriptive language in a work of fiction
- Identify the four methods of characterization
- Distinguish between direct and indirect characterization
- Distinguish between flat and round characters
- Distinguish between static and dynamic characters
- Identify symbolism in a work of fiction
- Identify allegory in a work of fiction
- Identify theme in a work of fiction
- Student should have at least a ninth grade reading
Do you need to write a literary analysis or participate in a book discussion, but you don't know where to start? How do others read a piece of fiction and understand it so much better than you do? Most likely, they have training and practice. With this course, you can, too. Colleges across the US require students to take courses in English Literature because it improves crucial critical thinking skills.
Research at Michigan State University has proven that close reading of literature engages complex cognitive brain functions. The benefits of cognitive development include increased intelligence, reasoning, language development, memory, problem solving and decision making.
Designed by a college instructor, this course can help you understand the fundamental elements of fiction and help you read and analyze literature at the college level. Save money on expensive tutors or get a jump start on those college English courses with over 20 videos filled with key terms, concepts, and examples.
This course is also beneficial to book lovers, book bloggers, and book club members who want to discuss literature with confidence and authority. You don't have to pay for an expensive college education to read fiction like a college graduate. Books are for everyone, and so are cognitive brain functions. Rise above the ordinary and engage your brain!
- This course is designed for advanced High School and College Freshman as well as book lovers who would like a deeper appreciation of fiction. This course is intended for students who want to read and analyze fiction at the college level.
In this lecture, you will meet your instructor, discover what makes this course unique, and receive a brief overview of the content in this course.
In this lecture, you will learn the six elements of basic literacy:
1. Decoding symbols (the alphabet)
2. Symbolic representation of words
3. Relationship between words
4. Understanding sentence structure: how words in a sentence relate to each other.
5. Relationship between sentences
6. Literal Comprehension of the text: how all these sentences relate to each other to create a cohesive message.
Literacy is more than just the ability to read and write. Before we begin analyzing literature, it is important to understand literacy. Understanding what our brain does automatically will help us become better critical readers.
In this lecture, you will learn an expanded definition for literacy to include critical reading. Critical reading requires three levels of thinking:
1. Literal level
2. Interpretive level
3. Critical thinking
You will learn how these three levels of thinking are different and how you can use them to approach any text critically.
In this lecture, you will learn the difference between passive and active reading. You will also learn the three requirements for for active learning:
I will address three ways you can prepare for active reading:
I will provide you with six concrete tips that will help you become a better active reader.
In this lecture you learn the difference between the author and the narrator. We will discuss and author's distinguishable style, individual bias, and literary objective. I will illustrate these concepts with examples from Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and Ernest Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro."
In this lecture, you will learn how to identify the four methods of characterization:
1. Physical attributes
2. Speech and behavior
3. Internal thoughts and feelings
4. Reactions and opinions of others
In this lecture I define each of these methods and provide original examples.
In this lecture, you will learn how an author uses direct and indirect characterization to develop a character. Using examples from Flannery O'Connor, this lecture will demonstrate the difference between characterization that is explicitly stated and characterization that must be inferred.
The subject of symbolism is usually the most frustrating and intimidating to my students. They often view symbolism as a ridiculous treasure hunt sponsored by their over intellectual instructors, or as a secret language they are not privy to. Neither of these is true. In this lecture, we will discuss public and private symbols.