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Ch 6: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Poetic Forms & Elements

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Examine this chapter to refresh your understanding of the different forms and elements of poetry. Studying these lessons will aid you in your preparations for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam by providing you with poetry information that may be on the test.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Poetic Forms & Elements - Chapter Summary

This chapter will explain the various aspects of poetry, including its forms and significant elements to help you study for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. Subjects reviewed in these lessons include:

  • Lyric, concrete, dramatic, narrative, and epic poetry
  • Rhythm, rhymes, and sounds in poetry
  • Purpose of a stanza in a poem
  • Similes, metaphors, and personification
  • Imagery, symbolism, and juxtaposition
  • Inferring mood within a poem
  • Sonnets, ballads, and haikus

These lessons are presented in the form of brief videos, but also feature full transcripts that enable you to review the information at your own pace and take note of highlighted key terminology. After you finish each lesson, you can practice using your knowledge by taking the short self-assessments. You may also take the cumulative chapter exam after you finish reviewing all of the lessons.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Poetic Forms & Elements- Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Middle School Humanities exam is an important step in your process of attaining licensure to teach this subject in Massachusetts. Twenty-five percent of the exam's multiple-choice questions relate to literature and language, including questions pertaining to poetry. This chapter's lessons seek to explain poetry's various forms and elements in such a comprehensible way that you will feel confident in your ability to answer any poetry questions the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam may ask you.

14 Lessons in Chapter 6: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Poetic Forms & Elements
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Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples

1. Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples

This lesson analyzes the characteristics of lyric poetry. Several types of lyric poetry are described with examples demonstrating the construction and theme of each type.

Concrete Poetry: Definition & Examples

2. Concrete Poetry: Definition & Examples

It's not usually written on the sidewalk, but concrete poetry can make a writer's ideas just as solid. Read on to find out more about these creative images and to see some fascinating examples.

Dramatic Poetry: Definition & Examples

3. Dramatic Poetry: Definition & Examples

Do you really like poetry, but wish someone else would read it to you? Then look no further than dramatic poetry! Come explore some examples of the dying art of dramatic verse in this lesson.

Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

4. Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

Some of history's most famous heroes have been immortalized in narrative poetry: King Arthur, Odysseus, and even Jed Clampett. From Homer to Chaucer to Poe to The Beverly Hillbillies, narrative poetry has been used to preserve some of the world's greatest stories.

Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

5. Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

Learn about epic poetry in the ancient world. Explore two epic poems, ''Gilgamesh'' and ''The Iliad'' and discover the information these poems contain about the cultures that created them.

Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

6. Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

Poetry often has a defined beat or rhythm. In this lesson, you'll review the most common forms of poetic rhythm before diving deeper into how those rhythms influence the overall effect of the poem.

Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

7. Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

Many poems rhyme, but there is often more going on in terms of the sounds of the words than just what happens at the ends of the lines. This lesson explores some of the nuances of rhyme and sound in poetry.

What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

8. What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

Want to find out what poems and houses have in common? In this lesson, we'll explore the 'rooms' that stanzas create in poetry, drawing on examples from Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Bishop, and Lord Byron.

Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry

9. Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry

Comparison is the basis of figurative language, and the most common forms of poetic comparison are simile, metaphor, and personification. In this lesson, you'll define all three terms and see several examples of each.

Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry

10. Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry

Poetry is a dense and rich form of literature. In this lesson you'll learn about how imagery, symbolism, and juxtaposition work to add depth to poetry. You'll also learn some tips for taking the AP Literature exam.

Inferring Mood in Poetry

11. Inferring Mood in Poetry

Poets have a variety of tools to use to create mood. In this lesson, you'll learn about three of these tools and how you can use that knowledge to infer mood. You'll also learn how this skill applies specifically to the AP Literature exam.

Sonnets: Definition & Examples

12. Sonnets: Definition & Examples

If you want to profess your love in a poem, you might not think to look back a few hundred years for inspiration. Learn how some of the greatest poets in history used the sonnet to woo their lovers.

What is a Ballad? - Definition & Examples

13. What is a Ballad? - Definition & Examples

Let's learn about the poetical form of the ballad and examine two of the most famous English ballads. We will learn about the common traits of ballads and how they relate to modern music.

What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples

14. What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what haiku poetry is, take a look at some examples, and see how the traditional Japanese form has influenced its evolution in the English-speaking world.

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