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AEPA ELA: World Literature - Chapter Summary
In this overview chapter on world literature, you will have the chance to recount details about different genres, literary movements, and cultural contributions to literature. If you want to score as many points as are possible on the literary analysis section of the AEPA English Language Arts (ELA) Test, pay special attention to the following topics:
- Trends, styles, and genres of world literature
- Literary periods and movements
- Prominent authors and their works
- Multicultural works
- Oral traditions and literature
- Folk literature
You may not have time to read through all of the most prominent works of world literature, but with this study guide you can refresh your memory concerning the order of literary movements, major genres, and associated influential writers. From the chapter menu, you will see that this chapter has been split into several single-topic lessons. We have broken up the chapter in this fashion to let you personalize your study schedule. Whether you need to go over the details of every lesson or only a few, you have the ability to click on the lessons of your choice, and you can watch them as many times as necessary. If you need the ability to study online and offline for the AEPA ELA Test, the quiz tab gives you access to printable worksheets. In addition, the lesson transcripts have clearly marked vocabulary words in bold letters, allowing you to make your own set of flashcards.
AEPA ELA: World Literature Objectives
One of the five content domains on the AEPA ELA Test includes literary analysis. The objectives from this domain will be used to evaluate your ability to identify various types of texts and genres. These objectives also measure whether you can interpret literature and poetry from around the world. The lessons in this chapter will help you recall critical theory approaches for analyzing literature. Likewise, our assessment tools can prepare you for the multiple-choice style questions you will have to answer throughout the entire test. The literary analysis domain is one of the three largest domains on the test, and your answers on this domain will contribute to almost a quarter (23%) of your entire test score.
1. World Literature: Genres, Styles & Trends
Reading gives you the opportunity to experience different times and places. Contemporary world literature is especially helpful in this experience, particularly in giving readers the perspective of being a minority, non-westerner, or oppressed person.
2. Movements & Periods in World Literature
Despite speaking completely different languages and having different cultures, many literatures around the world have progressed through similar movements and periods of development.
3. World Literature: Major Authors & Works
World literature is writing that goes beyond borders to touch readers worldwide. This lesson will define world literature and give five examples of books that have had a lasting influence.
4. Characteristics of Oral Tradition in World Literature
Before books and writing, cultures passed along their history and heritage through oral storytelling traditions. Many classics of world literature, from 'The Iliad' to 'The Epic of Gilgamesh,' were passed down orally before being written down.
5. Multicultural Literature: Definition, Books & Importance
Multicultural literature features characters and themes from countries around the world. Writers in this genre express their ideas and values through the characters featured in their work. By examining these works in detail, you can learn how to understand them and broaden your understanding.
6. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works
Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.
7. History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods
Today's theatre is a mix of many styles that have been popular for hundreds of years. In this lesson, learn how each time period contributed to what we now see during a live, dramatic performance.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Folk Literature: Definition & Books
From China to Israel to the United States, folk literature exists wherever there are humans to tell stories or to sing songs. Come hear more about these pieces of oral heritage and encounter some examples of the genre that you're sure to recognize!
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Other chapters within the AEPA English Language Arts: Practice & Study Guide course
- AEPA ELA: Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension
- AEPA ELA: Reading Informational Texts
- AEPA ELA: Reading Persuasive Texts
- AEPA ELA: Technical & Functional Texts
- AEPA ELA: Literary Nonfiction, Fiction & Drama
- AEPA ELA: Literary Devices
- AEPA ELA: Structure & Elements of Fiction
- AEPA ELA: Poetic Forms
- AEPA ELA: Poetic Devices
- AEPA ELA: Social & Political Expression in World Literature
- AEPA ELA: Standard American English Conventions
- AEPA ELA: Essay Elements & Structure
- AEPA ELA: The Writing Process
- AEPA ELA: Writing a Research Paper
- AEPA ELA: Strategies for Narrative Writing
- AEPA ELA: Strategies for Expository Writing
- AEPA ELA: Analytical & Persuasive Writing
- AEPA ELA: Effective Listening & Speaking
- AEPA ELA: Using Media Sources Effectively