Ch 11: GACE English: Renaissance Literature

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Reinforce what you know about literary works during the Renaissance period. Our video lessons and quizzes arm you with the knowledge you need to correctly answer literature questions on the GACE English test.

GACE English: Renaissance Literature - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to review your understanding of the major plays, poems and authors of the Renaissance. Topics discussed in this GACE English test prep chapter include:

  • Characteristics of Renaissance literature
  • The life and works of Shakespeare
  • Examining fact and fiction in Shakespeare's Richard III
  • A summary of Romeo and Juliet
  • Comparing the play and history in Julius Caesar
  • Racism and Othello
  • Colonialism and magic in The Tempest
  • Interpreting Shakespeare's sonnets
  • The life and plays of Christopher Marlowe
  • The Faerie Queene and sonnets of Edmund Spenser
  • Ben Jonson's poems, plays and relationship with Shakespeare

Our experienced instructors present these lessons on Renaissance literature using a conversational approach and engaging visuals to make studying fun. Lesson can be watched and re-watched as often as you'd like. Transcripts provide an additional way to review lesson content.

GACE English: Renaissance Literature Chapter Objectives

The GACE English test is required for certification to teach English in Georgia public schools. The test is divided into two parts, Test I and Test II. Each test covers different content subareas. Renaissance literature content is included in the Test I, Reading for Literature subarea. This subarea accounts for 37.5% of Test I. Use our video lessons and the chapter exam to prepare for Renaissance literature questions on your certification test.

Both Test I and Test II are computer delivered. Each test consists of 65 selected response questions and 2 constructed response questions. Prospective teachers have 2 hours of testing time per test.

11 Lessons in Chapter 11: GACE English: Renaissance Literature
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Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

1. 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.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

2. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays

3. Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays

We'll tease apart the real and the invented in Shakespeare's Richard III and discuss Shakespeare's particular brand of historical fiction. We'll also go over the plot and characters, as well as some famous quotes from the work.

Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

4. Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

Great tragedies resonate throughout time. In this lesson, we'll go over the role of fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We'll explore the story of his star-crossed lovers and explain some of his most famous quotes.

Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History

5. Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History

In this lesson, we'll examine Shakespeare's take on the life of Julius Caesar, which spawned such famous quotes as 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!' and 'Et tu, Brute!' We'll also take a look at Brutus and Cassius, the conspirators who plotted Caesar's demise, as well as Mark Antony and Octavius, who remained loyal.

Othello: Racism and Shakespeare

6. Othello: Racism and Shakespeare

In this video, we'll give an overview of the plot of Shakespeare's 'Othello.' We'll discuss the motivations of his wicked ensign, Iago, and address the racial issues brought to light by Shakespeare's writing.

The Tempest: Colonialism and Magic in Shakespeare

7. The Tempest: Colonialism and Magic in Shakespeare

In Shakespeare's 'The Tempest,' a group of Italian nobility is shipwrecked on the island of Prospero, an exiled magician. In this lesson you'll learn how Prospero seeks to regain his right to the title Duke of Milan.

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

8. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.

Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

9. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!

Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

10. Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

Edmund Spenser is one of the key figures in the English Renaissance, and he made his name mostly by writing about dragons and knights. Pretty cool, right? Watch this video to learn about this important author and his biggest work, The Faerie Queene.

Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

11. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.

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