Ch 20: GACE English: American Transcendentalism

About This Chapter

Use this chapter's video lessons to learn more about American Transcendentalism before you sit for the GACE English certification examination. This chapter's tutorial lessons can help you develop expertise on the transcendentalist philosophical movement.

GACE English: American Transcendentalism - Chapter Summary

This chapter looks at the transcendentalist ideas of famed 19th century writers and poets. Review its lessons in order to prepare for the GACE English examination. As you watch the online video lessons, you can further explore the ways in which transcendentalism encouraged Americans to embrace spirituality. You'll get a clearer picture of the importance transcendentalists placed on intuition as well as the use of the imagination. This chapter might help you to:

  • Understand the effects of Transcendentalism on American literary works
  • Review the beliefs and transcendentalist poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Summarize Henry David Thoreau's Walden
  • Analyze the poems of Emily Dickinson
  • Discuss the poems of transcendentalist Walt Whitman

These animated lessons are self paced, so you will be able to study visually even if you have a busy schedule. Or, if you prefer, you can consult the written transcripts of these lessons on American Transcendentalism. You'll have the option of submitting your pertinent questions to the knowledgeable instructors, and you can utilize the video tags to scan the lessons quickly. You can also take the opportunity to test your knowledge with the self-assessment quizzes.

GACE English: American Transcendentalism Chapter Objectives

The computer-based GACE English examination is composed of Test I and Test II. You'll have the choice of taking one test at a time, or you may complete both tests in one session. Each test includes sub-areas. Test I's first sub-area, Reading for Literature, amounts to 37.5% of the test. Display your knowledge of American Transcendentalism when you reach this section. You'll be allowed 2.5 hours to complete each individual test, and five hours to finish both tests. This includes time for viewing tutorials. Both tests include 65 selected-response questions as well as two constructed-response questions.

5 Lessons in Chapter 20: GACE English: American Transcendentalism
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Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

1. 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.

Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

2. Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

This video analyzes Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay 'Self-Reliance' for characteristics of transcendental ideas, including individualism, nonconformity, and intuition.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

3. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

4. 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.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

5. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.

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