Ch 1: MTEL English: American Literature from 1600-1800

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This chapter is a great tool to help you prepare for questions related to American literature from 1600-1800 on the MTEL English exam. Use the simple-to-follow lessons to study at your own pace and prepare for this teacher certification exam.

MTEL English: American Literature from 1600-1800 - Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on key pieces, influences and authors from American literature between 1600 and 1800, touching on all the topics you may encounter on the MTEL English exam. Topics and writers discussed in these lessons include:

  • Native American influence on literature
  • Colonial literature
  • Writings from John Smith, John Winthrop & Roger Williams
  • Poems of Anne Bradstreet
  • Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening
  • Phillis Wheatley's poetry
  • James Fennimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans
  • The writing style of Frederick Douglass
  • Thomas Jefferson's influence on American literature
  • Important literary pieces from the revolutionary era

Watch engaging videos or read transcripts of the lessons before taking the practice quizzes that you can take and re-take as often as you like. If you prefer to study offline, these quizzes can also be printed as worksheets.

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTEL English: American Literature from 1600-1800
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Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence

1. 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.

Native American and Colonial Literature

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Anne Bradstreet: Poems and Biography

4. 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.

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography

5. 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.

Phillis Wheatley: African Poetry in America

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style

8. Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style

In this lesson, we will learn about Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of the most powerful voices in the abolitionist movement in the United States. In addition, we will examine his written work, most notably his first autobiography - ''Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.''

Thomas Jefferson's Impact on American Literature

9. Thomas Jefferson's Impact on American Literature

While you have probably heard of Thomas Jefferson's impact on American government, this lesson considers what the man did for the field of American literature.

Important Writings from the U.S. Revolutionary Period

10. Important Writings from the U.S. Revolutionary Period

This lesson summarizes six foundational documents from the Revolutionary Period: the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers, The Alien and Sedition Acts, and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793.

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