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Ch 10: Analyzing American Literature: Tutoring Solution

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The Analyzing American Literature chapter of this SAT Subject Test in Literature Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about American literature analysis. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the methods for analyzing American literature required in a typical SAT literature prep course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other SAT literature prep work.
  • Identify the analysis of American literature concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

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This chapter of our SAT literature tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn how to analyze American literature and prepare for the exam. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding summaries and analysis methods for works by Herman Melville, Hendry Wadsworth Longfellow, Washington Irving, Emily Dickinson, John Steinbeck or Langston Hughes or any other analysis of American literature topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their learning
  • Prefer learning about literature visually
  • Find themselves struggling to prepare for the SAT literature subject test
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in preparing for the SAT subject test in literature
  • Don't have access to their SAT literature instructor outside of class

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Learning objectives:

  • Identify the characters of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  • Read Rip Van Winkle and The Cask of Amontillado.
  • Analyze the poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  • Discuss Melville's Moby Dick and Poe's The Raven.
  • Read and explore The Scarlet Letter and Civil Disobedience.
  • Discover the poems of Emily Dickinson.
  • Examine the themes of The Great Gatsby and Huckleberry Finn.
  • Summarize the poems of Langston Hughes.
  • Discuss Of Mice and Men.

18 Lessons in Chapter 10: Analyzing American Literature: Tutoring Solution
Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

1. Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

Everyone loves a scary story now and then. Learn how Washington Irving's famous story, ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,'' uses imagination and the supernatural to make it a Romantic piece of American literature that is still adapted by television today.

Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

2. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

The story of 'Rip Van Winkle' is one of enchantments and escape. In this lesson, we look at how Washington Irving uses his words and Romantic characteristics to create the story's theme.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

3. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was known as a fireside poet because his poems were read by the fire as a means of entertainment. Learn about how he created American history through the use of musical elements, like rhythm and rhyme scheme.

Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

4. Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

This video explores Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado,' a Dark Romantic short story that illustrates the horrors of evil. By breaking down the elements of plot, we can see that Poe's intentional selection of details in the story create his 'unity of effect.'

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

5. Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven.' Through Poe's use of poetic devices and dark Romantic characteristics, he is able to achieve the 'unity of effect' to appeal to critics and the masses both during his time and even still today.

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

6. Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

''Moby Dick'' is not just a boring story about a whale. Its popularity is still strong today (guess what major coffee chain takes its name from the story) thanks to Herman Melville's raunchy jokes about sperm whales. Oh, the fact it's a great story about evil and revenge doesn't hurt either.

The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory

7. The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory

See how Nathaniel Hawthorne uses allegory and symbolism to illustrate the affair and resulting guilt between a minister and a Puritan woman in his novel 'The Scarlet Letter.'

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

8. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

9. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis

10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis

In this lesson, we will continue our exploration of Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through an analysis of plot, characters, and theme.

The Great Gatsby: Summary, Themes, Symbols, and Character

11. The Great Gatsby: Summary, Themes, Symbols, and Character

F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' is considered by many critics to be the greatest American novel. Watch our video lesson on the novel to find out why!

Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

12. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

13. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

Langston Hughes was a popular poet from the Harlem Renaissance. His Jazz Age poems, including 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' discussed the racism facing African Americans in the 1920s and '30s.

Edward Abbey: Biography, Books & Essays

14. Edward Abbey: Biography, Books & Essays

Edward Abbey's novels, essays, and memoirs about the Southwest desert made him one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century and a hero of the environmentalist movement. However, his radical ideas make him still controversial to this day.

Elizabeth Bennet: Character Analysis & Personality

15. Elizabeth Bennet: Character Analysis & Personality

In this lesson we will get to know Elizabeth Bennet, the protagonist in Jane Austen's beloved story 'Pride and Prejudice.' Elizabeth's wit, common sense, and individuality help her discover love with a man who, at first, she truly despises.

Rachel Field: Biography & Poems

16. Rachel Field: Biography & Poems

Rachel Field was an American author and poet. In this lesson, you will learn about how Field got her start as a writer and about her major contributions to American literature.

Satire in Slaughterhouse Five

17. Satire in Slaughterhouse Five

This lesson will help students identify elements of satire in Kurt Vonnegut's novel ''Slaughterhouse Five'', and the author's purpose for using this literary technique.

Stephen Crane: Biography, Poems & Books

18. Stephen Crane: Biography, Poems & Books

Stephen Crane was a 19th century American writer, and is considered to be one of the instigators of Naturalism in literature. In this lesson, read about the man who broke boundaries with his novels and poetry.

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