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Ch 17: GACE English: Native & Colonial American Literature

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Use the lessons and assessments of this chapter to prepare for questions on the GACE English test about Native American and colonial literature. These videos also cover the Native American traditions of oral story telling.

GACE English: Native & Colonial American Literature - Chapter Summary

When studying for the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) English test, use this chapter to improve your understanding of Native American and colonial literature. Watch this series of short lesson videos and follow along with our professional instructors as they discuss the The Federalist Papers and famous authors of the colonial era in American literature and the Native American traditions of oral story telling. After this chapter you should have a better understanding of the works of:

  • Mary Rowlandson and James Fenimore Cooper
  • John Smith, John Winthrop and Roger Williams
  • Anne Bradstreet
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Cotton Mather
  • Benjamin Franklin

For versatility, watch these videos on your mobile device and print off the lesson quizzes. If you feel you would benefit from an alternative review of the material try reading the lessons transcripts that present the material in written overviews. As you complete these lessons, use the lesson quizzes to find areas of weakness; then use video tags to return to the locations that discuss these areas to improve your mastery over them.

GACE English: Native & Colonial American Literature Objectives

The GACE English exam is used in the state of Georgia to test future English teachers understanding of the material they will be tasked to teach. This is a computer-based certification exam composed of two tests, each with 65 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response questions. You have the option to take these tests separately or together.

The first test include a reading for literature subsection that covers the topics in this chapter. This subsection makes up 37.5% of the test score. This chapter will help you prepare for some of the questions about colonial and Native American literature.

11 Lessons in Chapter 17: GACE English: Native & Colonial American Literature
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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.

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.

Mary Rowlandson's A Narrative of the Captivity: Summary and Analysis

3. Mary Rowlandson's A Narrative of the Captivity: Summary and Analysis

Mary Rowlandson wrote a book about her time as a captive during King Philip's War. That book was the first American bestseller and the start of the popular genre of captivity narratives. In this lesson, we'll look closer at Rowlandson's narrative and its influence on American literature.

James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans: Themes, Summary & Analysis

4. James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans: Themes, Summary & Analysis

James Fenimore Cooper, an early American settler, wrote a famous book called 'The Last of the Mohicans.' In this lesson, we'll look closer at the book and one of its themes, interracial relationships.

Early American Writers: John Smith, John Winthrop & Roger Williams

5. Early American Writers: John Smith, John Winthrop & Roger Williams

John Smith, John Winthrop, and Roger Williams were early American settlers who influenced the politics and literature of the colonies. In this lesson, we'll look closer at each of these men and their important writings.

The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary

6. The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary

The Federalist Papers were a collection of political essays from the 18th century written by several Founding Fathers of the United States. In this lesson, we'll learn more about the Federalist Papers and why they are still important today.

Anne Bradstreet: Poems and Biography

7. Anne Bradstreet: Poems and Biography

Anne Bradstreet was America's first published poet. Her poems both upheld and criticized the Puritan faith that she was a part of. In this lesson, we'll look closer at two of Anne Bradstreet's poems and their relationship with Puritanism.

Phillis Wheatley: African Poetry in America

8. Phillis Wheatley: African Poetry in America

Phillis Wheatley was a slave and poet in 18th century America who wrote about religion and race. In this lesson, we'll learn more about her and examine one of her poems for the themes of religion and race.

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography

9. Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography

Jonathan Edwards was an American minister whose sermon 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' became one of the most famous sermons of the 18th century. In this lesson, we'll look at Edwards' sermon and analyze it for Puritan beliefs and style.

Cotton Mather's Writings: Magnalia Christi Americana, Pillars of Salt & Other Writings

10. Cotton Mather's Writings: Magnalia Christi Americana, Pillars of Salt & Other Writings

Cotton Mather, an important Puritan minister, wrote the first American true crime book and an influential book about the religious history of the New World. In this lesson, we'll learn more about Mather and his two most influential books.

Benjamin Franklin: Quotes and Autobiography

11. Benjamin Franklin: Quotes and Autobiography

Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin flew a kite in a storm and that he signed the Declaration of Independence. But how much do you know about his writing? In this lesson, we'll look at two of his most famous works and how they influenced American literature.

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