Ch 15: MTEL Reading Specialist: Poetry

About This Chapter

To prepare for the MTEL Reading Specialist exam, review the various types of literature, including poetry. Use this chapter to refresh your knowledge of elements and types of poetry.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Poetry - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will be presented with examples and explanations of several types of poetry along with personification, metaphors, and other types of literary devices used in poems. These lessons will help you refresh your understanding of the basics of poetry in preparation for the MTEL Reading Specialist exam. The following topics will be covered in the lessons:

  • Types of narrative poems
  • Poetry elements
  • Use of literary devices in poetry
  • Examples of sonnets and ballads

These lessons can provide a valuable tool to help you study for the MTEL Reading Specialist test. Watching the brief videos and reading the full transcripts will enable you to carefully review poetry. Led by expert instructors, the lessons convey the information clearly and concisely. After you view each lesson, be sure to test your comprehension by taking the short self-assessment quizzes.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Poetry - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Reading Specialist exam is meant to assess the pertinent knowledge of candidates who wish to become a certified reading specialist. Many subjects are tested on this exam, which consists of 100 multiple-choice and 2 open-response questions. Of the five subareas of the exam's content, 39-41 questions (or roughly 32% of the test) focus on measuring your ability to understand reading processes and development. This portion ascertains how well you comprehend numerous aspects of literature and reading and strategies for comprehending literary texts.

An understanding of different types of literature will enable you to both be a better reading specialist and succeed on this exam. The content of this chapter, which focuses on poetry, is meant to deepen your knowledge of this type of literature. Reviewing the video lessons and taking the self-assessments will empower you with a more thorough knowledge of literature in preparation for this test.

9 Lessons in Chapter 15: MTEL Reading Specialist: Poetry
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Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

1. 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.

Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

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