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Ch 17: MTTC English: Shakespeare & The Renaissance

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Use our lessons to refresh your knowledge of Shakespeare and other writers from the Renaissance period. These videos and quizzes can help you correctly answer MTTC English exam questions on this topic.

MTTC English: Shakespeare & The Renaissance - Chapter Summary

Brush up on your understanding of major English writers during the Renaissance, including Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer and Christopher Marlowe. These videos and quizzes can help you prepare for the MTTC English exam and answer questions on the following:

  • Medieval literature, old and middle English
  • Beowulf
  • Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales
  • Shakespeare's life and works, with emphasis on his sonnets and history plays
  • Marlow's plays
  • The work of Spenser
  • Ben Jonson's plays and his connection to Shakespeare

These lessons are available anytime you have a few minutes to devote to study, on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Our instructors have created videos that both entertaining and informative, giving you the needed review that can lead to success on the exam. The instructors are happy for you to contact them with any questions you might have.

MTTC English: Shakespeare & The Renaissance Chapter Objectives

Michigan mandates passing the MTTC English exam as a condition for certification to teach the subject. The exam is divided into four subareas. Questions on the material covered in the Shakespeare and The Renaissance chapter of our study guide are in the exam's subarea on Literature and Understanding, which makes up 26% of the exam's total content.

The MTTC English exam is available on computer or paper. All questions are multiple choice, as are the questions on the quizzes that follow each our video lessons. With these quizzes you can assess your knowledge and also get practice answering questions in a format like you'll see when you take the MTTC English exam.

10 Lessons in Chapter 17: MTTC English: Shakespeare & The Renaissance
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Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

1. Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period. We're going from Caedmon and Beowulf, writing in Old English, all the way up to Sir Thomas Malory's collections of the Arthur myths in late Middle English.

Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

2. Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Old English epic, Beowulf. We'll explore what happens, how it's written and why it has such a lasting legacy.

Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales

3. Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales

In this lesson, we'll introduce medieval writer Geoffrey Chaucer. We'll take a look at his life, his most famous works, including 'The Canterbury Tales,' and we'll spend some time learning how to read Middle English.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

4. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

5. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays

6. Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays

We'll tease apart the real and the invented in Shakespeare's Richard III and discuss Shakespeare's particular brand of historical fiction. We'll also go over the plot and characters, as well as some famous quotes from the work.

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

7. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.

Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

8. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!

Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

9. Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

Edmund Spenser is one of the key figures in the English Renaissance, and he made his name mostly by writing about dragons and knights. Pretty cool, right? Watch this video to learn about this important author and his biggest work, The Faerie Queene.

Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

10. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.

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