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Course SummaryTake American Literature for Teachers to earn 3 college credits to apply towards your licensure renewal requirements. Learn with fun and engaging literature video lessons that you can watch around your teaching schedule.
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Earn professional development credits to renew your English teaching license with American Literature for Teachers. Brush up on literature topics so you can better teach American literature, English and other related subjects. Learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can complete this course in under two weeks - perfect for teachers who need to earn literature credits in a hurry!
1. Watch engaging video lessons about the history of American literature and literary analysis.
2. Check your knowledge of things like American poetry, prose and plays with practice quizzes and exams.
3. Ask clarification questions from our expert English literature instructors.
4. Earn three college credits by taking the CLEP American Literature exam.
Always check with your school district or state Department of Education to ensure that the course credits will be accepted before beginning the course. CLEP credits are accepted by over 2,900 schools and directly by many state departments of education.
Who's It For?
American Literature for Teachers is ideal for any teachers looking to earn credits to use towards licensure renewal. The flexible, self-paced format makes it easy to fit your studies into a busy schedule. The course is fully online, so you can study anytime, anywhere. This course also benefits:
- English teachers who want to brush up on literature
- Teachers who want to incorporate engaging literature videos into their instruction
- Teachers planning an American literature unit or course
- Aspiring English teachers
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- Fun and Engaging: Animations and interesting examples make American literature easy to learn.
- Expert Instructors: Expert literature instructors break difficult concepts down so they are easy to remember.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Quizzes and practice exams let you review literature terminology and key concepts and track what you've mastered.
- Quick and Flexible: Learn on your own schedule and on any device. You could earn American literature credits in less than two weeks.
- Access our full library of professional development courses for teachers, including English Literature for Teachers, Human and Cultural Geography for Teachers, and College Composition for Teachers.
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Course Plan for Earning Credit in Less Than Two Weeks
Follow this course plan if you want to complete American Literature for Teachers and be ready to earn transferable credit in less than two weeks. For each chapter assignment, take all of the lesson quizzes and the practice chapter exam at the end of each chapter. If you miss any questions, review the video lesson to master the concept.
|Day||Chapter||What You'll Learn|
|Day 1||Chapter 1||Literary Analysis (literary movements, how to analyze a literary passage, literary terms)|
|Day 2||Chapter 2||Colonial and Early National Period in Literature (early traditions, writers of the Colonial period and their works)|
|Day 3||Chapter 3||Romantic Period in Literature (characteristics of the romantic style, stories and poems of this period and their authors)|
|Day 4||Chapter 4||Dark Romantics (characteristics of dark romanticism, notable writers of this period and their works)|
|Day 5||Chapter 5||Transcendentalism in Literature (transcendental ideas, the impact of transcendentalism on American literature, famous writers of this genre)|
|Day 6||Chapter 6||Realism in Literature (characteristics of the realism movement, authors of this genre and their works)|
|Day 7||Chapter 7||Modernist Prose and Plays (style of this period, regionalism, plays and books and their authors)|
|Day 8||Chapter 8||Modernist Poetry (American poets of this period and an analysis of some of their poems)|
|Day 9||Chapter 9||The Harlem Renaissance and Literature (beginnings of the Harlem Renaissance, the movement's impact on American literature, novels and poems of the period)|
|Day 10||Chapter 10||Literature of the Contemporary Period (characteristics of this period, important writers and their works)|
|Day 11||Chapter 11||Analysis of American Literature (ways to analyze a poem, plot techniques in fiction, dramatic devices in plays, short stories, rhetorical devices in non-fiction)|
|Day 12||Final Exam||Take the practice final exam to see what you've mastered and make sure you are ready to earn credit for American literature|
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