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Ch 9: Literary Periods in American History: Help and Review

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The Literary Periods in American History chapter of this SAT Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master literary periods in American history. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of literary periods in American history for the SAT.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material for the SAT subject test in literature will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn literature concepts for the SAT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding American literary periods and movements
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about literary periods in American history for the SAT
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra literature learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Literary Periods in American History chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Literary Periods in American History chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about literary periods in American history. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a literary periods in American history unit of a standard SAT subject test in literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Native American and colonial literature
  • Romantic period of American literature
  • Dark Romantics
  • Transcendentalism
  • Literary Realism Movement
  • Modernism
  • Imagist Movement poets and poems
  • Novels and poetry of the Jazz Age
  • Contemporary American literature
  • Characteristics of Naturalism in literature
  • Expatriate writers of the 20th century
  • The Beat Generation

13 Lessons in Chapter 9: Literary Periods in American History: Help and Review
Native American and Colonial Literature

1. Native American and Colonial Literature

What types of writing were popular during the early days of the United States? In this lesson, we'll look at three major categories of 17th and 18th century American writing in more detail: Native American oral stories, Puritan writing, and early American political writing.

The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

2. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.

The Dark Romantics in American Literature

3. The Dark Romantics in American Literature

This video introduces the characteristics of Dark Romanticism, a movement at the end of the Romantic period where literature embodied creepy symbols, horrific themes, and explored the psychological effects of guilt and sin. Authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote short stories, poems, and novels that encouraged Americans to see evil in everything.

Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

4. Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

This video defines Transcendentalism, a literary movement of the mid-19th century. Authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman used their literary platforms to encourage Americans to transcend society's presumptions and create a personal, progressive relationship with spirituality and nature.

The Literary Realism Movement: A Response to Romanticism

5. The Literary Realism Movement: A Response to Romanticism

In this lesson, we will learn about Realism in American literature, how this new literary movement grew out of Romanticism and what circumstances in our changing nation made that literary shift possible.

Modernism in American Literature

6. Modernism in American Literature

In this lesson, we will discuss the concept of literary modernism in the United States. We will explore its historical backdrop along with the very unique characteristics and authors that define American modernism which lasted from 1914-1945.

The Imagist Movement: Poems, Examples & Key Poets

7. The Imagist Movement: Poems, Examples & Key Poets

The Imagist movement in modern poetry focused on describing objects as opposed to the long philosophical discussions of traditional poetry. Read on to find out more about Imagism and read poems by two of its founders, H.D. and Amy Lowell.

The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

8. The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s during which there was an explosion of African-American art and literature. This lesson looks at the themes, causes, and important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Contemporary Period in American Literature

9. The Contemporary Period in American Literature

Learn about how Contemporary literature developed and understand its fundamental characteristics. Find out how American history and cultural norms really defined and developed the Contemporary period in American literature.

The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

10. The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

In this lesson, we will explore the effects of WWI on the American literary community. We will take a look at the Lost Generation of writers, the characteristics of their work and the ways in which they represented post-war attitudes both in the U.S. and abroad.

The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry

11. The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry

It's a movement that began with a howl, and it had a major impact on both poetry and culture in America. In this lesson, we'll cover the Beat Generation and review the defining characteristics of their style.

American Slave Narrative: Definition & Overview

12. American Slave Narrative: Definition & Overview

In this lesson we will look at the 'Slave Narrative.' We will discuss the definition and learn more about the genre as a whole. You will then be asked to take a short quiz to assess your comprehension of the lesson.

Oral Tradition of Storytelling: Definition, History & Examples

13. Oral Tradition of Storytelling: Definition, History & Examples

As old as man himself, the oral tradition of storytelling is a hallmark element of the human experience all over the world. Explore the healing powers of story through a definition, discussion of history, and examples. Then, put your new expertise to the test with a quiz.

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