Ch 15: GACE Middle Grades ELA: English Language Literature

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Refresh your knowledge of great American and British writers and their works as you study for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. With our video lessons, you'll review themes, plots and characterizations in preparation for these types of exam questions.

GACE Middle Grades ELA: English Literature - Chapter Summary

Let us help you review information about great English language writers of fiction, letters, poems and plays as you prepare to take the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. Our videos and quizzes offer information that can help you with exam questions on topics including:

  • Plot summary, themes and characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Analysis of the poems of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • John Steinbeck's style in Of Mice and Men
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • John Adams' letter regarding Thomas Jefferson
  • Sorry, Wrong Number by Louise Fletcher
  • Summary of Russell Freedman's Freedom Walkers

Our instructors offer an analysis of these works, using plenty of examples to prepare you for questions on this section of the exam. You can study on your own timetable, moving through the lessons as you have time and using the video tags to locate key topics that require more thorough review.

Objectives of the GACE Middle Grades ELA: English Literature Chapter

In Georgia, individuals seeking certification to teach fourth through eighth grade language arts must prove their competency in the subject by passing the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. This exam consists of four subareas. Questions on the material examined in this chapter on English literature are in the subarea on reading, which accounts for 37% of the test's total score.

All questions in this subarea are multiple-choice, and the exam is delivered on computer. You can get good experience taking this type of exam with the quizzes that accompany each of our lessons. These quizzes also offer an opportunity to check your learning and see if you need additional study time before reporting to the testing center.

16 Lessons in Chapter 15: GACE Middle Grades ELA: English Language Literature
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis

1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis

In this lesson, we will continue our exploration of Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through an analysis of plot, characters, and theme.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters

2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters

In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through a close examination of characters and plot.

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

3. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

Langston Hughes was a popular poet from the Harlem Renaissance. His Jazz Age poems, including 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' discussed the racism facing African Americans in the 1920s and '30s.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

4. 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.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

5. 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.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

6. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was known as a fireside poet because his poems were read by the fire as a means of entertainment. Learn about how he created American history through the use of musical elements, like rhythm and rhyme scheme.

Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

7. Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

When it comes to English-language satire, few authors can top the legendary Jonathan Swift. Watch this lesson to learn about his two most important works, ~'A Modest Proposal~' and ~'Gulliver's Travels~'.

Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes

8. Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes

In this lesson, we'll explore Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' while examining themes present in the work. You may also learn some handy skills if you ever find yourself shipwrecked and having to survive on an island for 28 years.

Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

9. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

10. Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven.' Through Poe's use of poetic devices and dark Romantic characteristics, he is able to achieve the 'unity of effect' to appeal to critics and the masses both during his time and even still today.

Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

11. Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

Everyone loves a scary story now and then. Learn how Washington Irving's famous story, ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,'' uses imagination and the supernatural to make it a Romantic piece of American literature that is still adapted by television today.

Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

12. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

The story of 'Rip Van Winkle' is one of enchantments and escape. In this lesson, we look at how Washington Irving uses his words and Romantic characteristics to create the story's theme.

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep: Summary & Analysis

13. Dragonwings by Laurence Yep: Summary & Analysis

This lesson provides a summary and analysis of how Laurence Yep's 1975 novel ''Dragonwings'', a work of historical fiction about a Chinese-American father and son living in San Francisco in the early 1900s, compares with real accounts of the same events.

Lucille Fletcher's Sorry, Wrong Number: Summary & Analysis

14. Lucille Fletcher's Sorry, Wrong Number: Summary & Analysis

Lucille Fletcher's ''Sorry, Wrong Number'' is a 1940s radio drama, a play meant to be heard rather than seen. In this lesson you'll learn the plot and some of the major ideas from this landmark audio production.

John Adams' Letter on Thomas Jefferson: Summary & Analysis

15. John Adams' Letter on Thomas Jefferson: Summary & Analysis

John Adams wrote a letter explaining why he asked Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence. In this lesson, you'll learn about his ideas and how he made his case.

Russell Freedman's Freedom Walkers: Summary & Analysis

16. Russell Freedman's Freedom Walkers: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will explore Russell Freedman's 'Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott,' and examine how the story's events led to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.

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