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MTTC English: American Literature - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our instructors help you review information about American literature, from the tales of the Native Americans through the works of great writers in the 19th century. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes can also help you get ready for MTTC English exam questions on:
- Writers in early America, including Smith, Winthrop and Williams
- Phillis Wheatley's life and poems
- Works of Washington Irving
- Analysis of the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- The dark romantics of American literature
- Style and works of Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne
You can watch these lessons as your schedule allows, on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Each video contains a timeline with links to key terms and topics, enabling you to quickly find areas that you want to re-watch. Transcripts accompany each lesson and allow you to read along with the narrator.
MTTC English: American Literature Chapter Objectives
Michigan makes passing the MTTC English exam a requirement for certification to teach the subject. The MTTC English exam is divided into four subareas, covering topics including reading and writing strategies, critical analysis and how to use English skills in other disciplines. Exam questions on the topics in this chapter of the study guide are in the subarea on Literature and Understanding, which makes up 26% of all exam questions.
The MTTC English exam consists entirely of multiple-choice questions. The exam is offered as with a computer-based or paper test. The short quizzes that follow each of our video lessons let you get experience in taking a computer-based multiple-choice test. Additionally, you can gauge your knowledge through these quizzes.
1. 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.
2. 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.
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. 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.
5. Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style
This video introduces Washington Irving, the father of American literature. Through his works, like 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' Irving developed a sophisticated yet satirical style while helping establish the American identity.
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.
7. American Enlightenment Literature
Some of the greatest ideas of the American consciousness come from the American Enlightenment period. This lesson introduces the writings of the American Enlightenment and some of its major themes.
8. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art
This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.
9. The Dark Romantics in American Literature
This video introduces the characteristics of Dark Romanticism, a movement at the end of the Romantic period where literature embodied creepy symbols, horrific themes, and explored the psychological effects of guilt and sin. Authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote short stories, poems, and novels that encouraged Americans to see evil in everything.
10. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style
This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery story. Through his works, like 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' Poe reflected the characteristics of Dark Romanticism by creating horrific storylines and characters while exploring the dark, irrational depths of the human mind.
11. Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style
Like many great people, Herman Melville was misunderstood during his time. Watch this video to find out why the author of the famous novel 'Moby Dick' died almost as a complete unknown.
12. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style
Who was Nathaniel Hawthorne? Well, besides being a brooding guy with a bit of a dark past, he was one of the most famous writers from early America. Learn more about him and his view of the Puritan belief system in this video.
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Other chapters within the MTTC English (002): Practice & Study Guide course
- MTTC English: Integrated Language Arts
- MTTC English: Development of the English Language
- MTTC English: Language Acquisition & Development
- Effective Listening: Process & Strategies
- MTTC English: Communication Strategies
- Group Communication Strategies
- MTTC English: Literary Forms & Genres
- MTTC English: Literary Elements
- MTTC English: Types of Poetry
- MTTC English: Forms of Nonfiction
- MTTC English: Benefits of Studying Literature
- MTTC English: Literature & Culture
- MTTC English: Transcendental, Realist & Naturalist Works
- MTTC English: Modernist Literature
- MTTC English: The Harlem Renaissance
- MTTC English: Contemporary Literature
- MTTC English: Analyzing American Literature
- MTTC English: Shakespeare & The Renaissance
- MTTC English: 17th & 18th Century Literature
- MTTC English: Romantic Literature
- MTTC English: Victorian Literature
- MTTC English: Modern Literature
- MTTC English: World Literature
- MTTC English: Literature for Children & Teens
- MTTC English: Literary Analysis
- MTTC English: Literary Devices
- MTTC English: Expository Writing
- MTTC English: Analytical Writing
- MTTC English: Persuasive Writing
- MTTC English: Narrative Writing
- MTTC English: The Writing Process
- MTTC English: The Revision Process
- MTTC English: Visual Communication
- MTTC English: Reading Strategies
- MTTC English: Critical Analysis of Texts
- Critical Evaluation of Media & Information
- MTTC English: Eliciting Student Responses to Texts
- MTTC English Flashcards