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Ch 30: NES ELA: The Oral Tradition

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Watch these lessons to refresh your knowledge of storytelling traditions and their influence on today's literature. Use our videos to prepare for these types of questions on the NES ELA exam.

NES ELA: The Oral Tradition - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons include information about the oral tradition and its influence in literature, with examinations of ancient tales and a more modern one. Our short videos and self-assessment quizzes can help you answer NES ELA exam questions on:

  • Storytelling traditions
  • Native American oral tradition
  • Artistic and oral traditions of the Inca, Maya and Aztec civilizations
  • The Odyssey
  • Characters and language of Beowulf
  • James Joyce's Ulysses and its style and structure

We provide a variety of tools to help you succeed on the NES ELA exam. You can track your progress through the lessons on our Dashboard, and ask questions of our instructors through a message board. These lessons average about five minutes in length and include a clickable timeline that makes it easy to review particular parts with having to re-watch the entire video.

NES ELA: The Oral Tradition Chapter Objectives

In Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin, passing the NES ELA exam is a requirement for teacher certification at the secondary level in this subject. The exam is administered by computer and has 150 questions. It is divided into five sections, and questions on the oral tradition in literature are in the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature section, which makes up 23% of the exam's total content.

The exam questions are multiple-choice, as are our lesson quizzes and chapter tests. In addition to letting you practice answering these types of questions, these tests offer an evaluation of your learning and show you where extra study may be helpful.

8 Lessons in Chapter 30: NES ELA: The Oral Tradition
Oral Tradition of Storytelling: Definition, History & Examples

1. 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.

Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence

2. Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence

Native American nations have a rich oral tradition of storytelling. In this lesson, we'll explore the heritage and themes of American Indian stories and look at how they influenced later American literature.

Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Inca

3. Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Inca

In this lesson, you will explore the language and art of the great Inca civilization of South America. Then, you be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Aztec

4. Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Aztec

In this lesson, you will explore how art and language were deeply connected in the Aztec Empire, a powerful culture that controlled Central America. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about the Aztec Empire, their language, and their art with a brief quiz.

Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Maya

5. Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Maya

In this lesson, you will explore the art and language of the Maya, one of the highly sophisticated cultures of the ancient Americas. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Odyssey: Greek Epic

6. The Odyssey: Greek Epic

This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.

Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

7. Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Old English epic, Beowulf. We'll explore what happens, how it's written and why it has such a lasting legacy.

Ulysses: Structure, Style, and Characters

8. Ulysses: Structure, Style, and Characters

For James Joyce's masterpiece, we'll look at the differences between protagonists Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, understand what Homer's Odyssey has to do with the structure, and talk about the novel's ever-shifting style.

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