Ch 14: MTTC English: The Harlem Renaissance

About This Chapter

Let us help you renew your grasp of the literature and writers of the period known as the Harlem Renaissance. Brush up on important poets, novelists and playwrights of this Jazz Age movement as you prepare for the MTTC English exam.

MTTC English: The Harlem Renaissance - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to review facts about the writers of the Harlem Renaissance and what the movement meant to American literature. Our videos and quizzes can help you prepare for MTTC English exam questions on the following:

  • Novels and poetry associated with the Harlem Renaissance
  • Theories and achievements of W.E.B. Du Bois
  • The works of Countee Cullen
  • Langston Hughes' poems of the Jazz Age
  • Claude McKay's contributions to the Harlem Renaissance

These lessons average about five minutes in length, and you can watch them on a computer, smartphone or tablet. A clickable timeline lets you jump right to key points in the videos that you wish to review.

MTTC English: The Harlem Renaissance Chapter Objectives

Passing the MTTC English exam is one of Michigan's requirements for certification to teach the subject. This exam explores language acquisition, literature, reading strategies and writing skills and is divided into four subareas. Questions on this chapter's material are in the subarea on Literature and Understanding, which includes information on prominent North American literary figures. This subarea accounts for 26% of the exam's total score.

All questions on the MTTC English exam are multiple choice, like the questions on the quizzes that accompany our lessons. These quizzes offer an opportunity to hone your test-taking skills and also assess your knowledge of the subject.

5 Lessons in Chapter 14: MTTC English: The Harlem Renaissance
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The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

1. The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s during which there was an explosion of African-American art and literature. This lesson looks at the themes, causes, and important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness

2. W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness

W.E.B. Du Bois was an important figure in American civil rights history, and his idea of the double consciousness delved into what it felt like to live as a black person in a white people's world. Learn more about his life and works in this lesson.

Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage

3. Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage

The Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to everyone from W.E.B. DuBois to Ella Fitzgerald. In this lesson, we'll explore one of the movement's most iconic and resonant poems, Countee Cullen's 'Heritage.'

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

4. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

Langston Hughes was a popular poet from the Harlem Renaissance. His Jazz Age poems, including 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' discussed the racism facing African Americans in the 1920s and '30s.

Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance & 'America' Analysis

5. Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance & 'America' Analysis

Claude McKay was an influential Harlem Renaissance poet. His poems 'America' and 'If We Must Die' explored the complicated relationship African Americans had with the world around them.

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