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Ch 16: MTTC English: Analyzing American Literature

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Refresh your ability to analyze American literature as you prepare for the MTTC English assessment. Watch short video lessons and take lesson quizzes to gauge your readiness to take the test.

MTTC English: Analyzing American Literature - Chapter Summary

This chapter can help you study for the MTTC English test by providing insight into the analysis of American literature. Exploring these unique video lessons can ensure you're prepared to:

  • Define terms associated with American poetry
  • Describe how to identify forms in American poetry
  • Explain the role of the narrator in American novels and identify types of narrators
  • Define plot techniques in American fiction
  • Describe the American short story
  • Identify techniques and describe plays associated with American drama
  • Define rhetorical device

Lessons in this chapter give you the benefit of reviewing how to analyze American literature from the the convenience of your home. You can enjoy personal contact with coaches and tutors available to answer any questions you have about a lesson topic or any other course material.

MTTC English: Analyzing American Literature Chapter Objectives

The MTTC English assessment is required for prospective and current educators who want to teach the subject in grades 6-12. A passing score of 220 or greater adds an English endorsement to a new or existing Michigan teaching certificate. The assessment is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions that require test takers to review a question then choose the best of four available answers.

The topics covered in the MTTC English: Analyzing American Literature chapter are found in the literature and understanding subarea, which is one of four subareas and constitutes approximately 26% of the total test. The assessment is available to take on paper or computer. You can take the self-assessment quiz with each lesson in this chapter on the computer, or print the quiz to answer questions on paper then use your answers to gauge your comprehension of American literature. If you answer any questions incorrectly on the computer version of the self-assessment quiz, simply click to play the correct answer in the video.

7 Lessons in Chapter 16: MTTC English: Analyzing American Literature
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Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples

1. Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples

It can sometimes be tough to figure out what a poem means. This lesson provides some tools to help you analyze poetry and develop your interpretations.

Identifying Forms in American Poetry

2. Identifying Forms in American Poetry

There is more to poetry than symbolism and imagery. This lesson will help you figure out meter and rhyme schemes in poetry, with some classic American poems as examples.

Role of the Narrator in American Novels: Types and Examples

3. Role of the Narrator in American Novels: Types and Examples

Thinking about who is telling the story in a novel, and what he or she might be leaving out, is crucial to understanding that novel. Learn about the various types of points of view in American novels, as well as a few specific, noteworthy narrators, in this lesson.

Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

4. Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

A novel's plot involves more than just what happens in the story. Authors employ a number of techniques, including foreshadowing, red herrings, backstory, and B-plots to enrich their stories.

Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples

5. Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples

Identifying the tone, setting, and mood in a short story can help you analyze that story. In this lesson, we'll think about those literary features in the context of a few well-known American short stories.

Analyzing American Drama: Techniques and Plays

6. Analyzing American Drama: Techniques and Plays

Plays are often developed with the use of a number of literary techniques. This lesson explores the use of symbolism, motifs, flashbacks, and monologues in American drama.

Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

7. Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

Rhetorical devices are used in language to communicate effectively and persuade. Here you'll discover more about rhetorical devices and learn how to put some of them to use in some persuasion of your own.

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