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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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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Other chapters within the MTEL English (07): Practice & Study Guide course
- MTEL English: Dark Romanticism & Transcendentalism
- MTEL English: Realism in American Literature
- MTEL English: Modernism in American Literature
- MTEL English: Contemporary American Literature
- MTEL English: Old & Middle English Literature
- MTEL English: Renaissance Literature
- MTEL English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
- MTEL English: Authors & Poets of the Romantic Period
- MTEL English: Victorian Literature
- MTEL English: Contemporary British Literature
- MTEL English: Ancient Greek Literature
- MTEL English: Ancient World Literature
- MTEL English: European Authors & Poets
- MTEL English: Contemporary World Literature
- MTEL English: Characteristics of Literature
- MTEL English: Genres & Types of Fiction
- MTEL English: Elements of Non-Fiction
- MTEL English: Drama as Literature
- MTEL English: Elements of Poetry
- MTEL English: Types of Poetry
- MTEL English: Interpreting Prose
- MTEL English: Literary Devices
- MTEL English: Literary Theory & Criticism
- MTEL English: Language Acquisition
- MTEL English: Principles of Rhetoric
- MTEL English: The Essay Writing Process
- MTEL English: Types of Compositions
- MTEL English: Writing Conventions
- MTEL English: Language & Reading Processes
- MTEL English: Vocabulary & Word Choice
- MTEL English: Motivating Students to Read
- MTEL English: Research-Based Reading Instruction
- MTEL English Flashcards