Just the Facts: Understanding Literature series presents an innovative, lively, and contemporary approach to understanding the basic elements of fiction, drama, and poetry and fostering an appreciation of literature. In each program, a young host and hostess guide viewers through the basic elements of each genre with colorful graphics and an informative narrative from English professors. Question-and-answer sections throughout the programs reinforce the concepts presented. Just the Facts: Understanding Literature offers a unique learning experience and an effective teaching tool. The Elements of Fiction - Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson -- these are just three of the renowned authors whose work is cited in this program which explores: plot elements, character, conflict, flashback, foreshadowing and more... The Elements of Drama - The wonderful world of drama comes alive in The Elements of Drama, as the young host and hostess take viewers on a journey through the works of such famous playwrights as William Shakespeare. Colorful graphics and an informative narrative illustrate the basic elements of drama: dialogue and narrative, soliloquy, dramatic conventions, plot elements, character, point of view, conflict and more...The Elements of Poetry - Figurative language, meter and rhyme, simile, and metaphor -- these are a few of the many topics explored in this lively video tour through the genre of poetry. Other elements illustrated in the program include: oxymoron, assonance, alliteration, imagery, understatement, hyperbole and more... Each program features an interactive component of multiple choice questions that reinforces the concepts presented and enhances understanding of the basic elements of fiction, poetry and drama. Study Guides are Included for Junior High/High School level students.Grade Level: 6+. 90 minutes. 3 DVDs.
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