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Ch 21: MTTC English: Modern Literature

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Prepare for the MTTC English assessment by utilizing the resources in this chapter. Watch short video lessons offering a comprehensive overview of Modern literature, and take self-assessment quizzes to assess your comprehension of this subject.

MTTC English: Modern Literature - Chapter Summary

Take a closer look at literature in the modern era to enhance you studies for the MTTC English assessment. Review the lessons in this chapter to ensure you're ready for the following:

  • Describing the authors, context and style of Literary Modernism
  • Understanding the background, works and style of T.S. Eliot
  • Detailing the works and controversy of D.H. Lawrence
  • Explaining the politics and essays of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin
  • Analyzing Philip Sidney and the Defense of Poesy
  • Understanding the Victorian thought and criticism of John Ruskin
  • Describing John Stuart Mill's quotes, theory and utilitarianism

Before watching the videos in this chapter, you can first determine what you do and don't need to review. A way to gauge your comprehension of a specific lesson is to take its self-assessment quiz beforehand. If you already understand a lesson, you can skip it or come back to it after first watching lessons you most need to review.

Objectives of the MTTC English: Modern Literature Chapter

A primary objective of the MTTC English: Modern Literature chapter is to cover topics found in the literature and understanding subarea of the assessment, which constitutes approximately 26% of the entire test. You can watch the lessons and even utilize transcripts if you'd prefer a written version of the videos. A timeline below each video can further streamline your studies by allowing you to jump to important topics within a lesson.

The MTTC English assessment is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and can be taken on paper or computer. It is a subject-area test required for individuals interested in teaching English at the middle grades or secondary levels. Passing the test with a score of 220 or greater adds this subject endorsement to your new or existing Michigan teaching certificate.

7 Lessons in Chapter 21: MTTC English: Modern Literature
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Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

1. Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

This video provides an introduction to the literary movement known as Modernism. Encompassing such writers as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, Modernism developed out of a sense that the art forms of the late nineteenth-century were inadequate to describe the condition of Europe after World War I.

Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

2. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

This video introduces T.S. Eliot and his major works. It outlines his early life and move to England, and traces his stylistic evolution over his most famous and significant poems.

Introduction to D.H. Lawrence: His Works and Controversy

3. Introduction to D.H. Lawrence: His Works and Controversy

In this video, we'll introduce D.H. Lawrence's life and works. We'll dig a little deeper into his controversial portrayals of sexuality and explore the social politics at play in his life and in his fiction.

Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin:  Politics and Essays

4. Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin: Politics and Essays

Meet THE power couple of the 1790s: Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. Watch how Wollstonecraft inspires the feminist movement, and thrill to Godwin's early anarchic ways! Plus: how does one betray the other, even after death?

Philip Sidney and the Defense of Poesy

5. Philip Sidney and the Defense of Poesy

Sir Philip Sidney: courtier, soldier, governor, poet and critic. Learn all about this multifaceted Elizabethan celebrity and his massive effect on the worlds of poetry and literary scholarship.

John Ruskin: Victorian Thought and Criticism

6. John Ruskin: Victorian Thought and Criticism

From his beginnings as a poet and painter to his status as one of Victorian England's foremost social critics, learn all about John Ruskin's influence on the worlds of art and economic structure.

John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Quotes and Theory

7. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Quotes and Theory

Join us for this analysis of nineteenth century British philosopher John Stuart Mill, whose radical political and ethical ideas based in utilitarianism have had a profound effect in the final frontier and on our current political landscape.

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