Ch 21: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: English & American Literature

About This Chapter

Extend your knowledge of English and American literature when you study this chapter's lessons. Allow the video lessons and the chapter's short quizzes and practice examination to prepare you for the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: English and American Literature - Chapter Summary

This chapter discusses major works of English and American literature. Before you take the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination, refresh your knowledge of the plots, summaries and themes of the works of these well-known writers and poets. The online video lessons in this chapter could enhance your ability to:

  • Analyze the characters of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Interpret the poems of Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Walt Whitman
  • Expand your knowledge of the satire of Jonathan Swift
  • Summarize Robinson Crusoe, Of Mice and Men, and Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven
  • Learn more about Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle
  • Discuss the themes of Dragonwings by Laurence, Louise Fletcher's Sorry, Wrong Number, John Adams' Letter on Thomas Jefferson, and Russell Freedman's Freedom Walkers

The interactive videos are narrated by knowledgeable and experienced instructors. Learn through graphics and animation, and submit your on-topic questions through the ask-an-expert feature. This process might further prepare you for the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination. The lessons include corresponding transcripts, video tags that take you from topic to topic, and brief multiple-choice quizzes. You may print out your quiz results as worksheets if you'd like to study them offline at your convenience.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: English and American Literature Chapter Objectives

The material in this chapter is reflected during the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination's Reading Various Text Forms and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature content domain. This domain is the equivalent of 29% of the overall examination. The computer-based assessment includes 150 multiple-choice questions that must be answered correctly in three hours or less. Accomplish this goal and you could qualify for an English Language Arts teaching certification in New Mexico.

16 Lessons in Chapter 21: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: English & American Literature
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters

1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters

In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through a close examination of characters and plot.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis

2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis

In this lesson, we will continue our exploration of Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through an analysis of plot, characters, and theme.

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

3. 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.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

4. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

5. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

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.

Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

7. Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

When it comes to English-language satire, few authors can top the legendary Jonathan Swift. Watch this lesson to learn about his two most important works, ~'A Modest Proposal~' and ~'Gulliver's Travels~'.

Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes

8. Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes

In this lesson, we'll explore Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' while examining themes present in the work. You may also learn some handy skills if you ever find yourself shipwrecked and having to survive on an island for 28 years.

Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

9. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

10. Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven.' Through Poe's use of poetic devices and dark Romantic characteristics, he is able to achieve the 'unity of effect' to appeal to critics and the masses both during his time and even still today.

Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

11. Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

Everyone loves a scary story now and then. Learn how Washington Irving's famous story, ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,'' uses imagination and the supernatural to make it a Romantic piece of American literature that is still adapted by television today.

Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

12. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

The story of 'Rip Van Winkle' is one of enchantments and escape. In this lesson, we look at how Washington Irving uses his words and Romantic characteristics to create the story's theme.

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep: Summary & Analysis

13. Dragonwings by Laurence Yep: Summary & Analysis

This lesson provides a summary and analysis of how Laurence Yep's 1975 novel ''Dragonwings'', a work of historical fiction about a Chinese-American father and son living in San Francisco in the early 1900s, compares with real accounts of the same events.

Lucille Fletcher's Sorry, Wrong Number: Summary & Analysis

14. Lucille Fletcher's Sorry, Wrong Number: Summary & Analysis

Lucille Fletcher's ''Sorry, Wrong Number'' is a 1940s radio drama, a play meant to be heard rather than seen. In this lesson you'll learn the plot and some of the major ideas from this landmark audio production.

John Adams' Letter on Thomas Jefferson: Summary & Analysis

15. John Adams' Letter on Thomas Jefferson: Summary & Analysis

John Adams wrote a letter explaining why he asked Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence. In this lesson, you'll learn about his ideas and how he made his case.

Russell Freedman's Freedom Walkers: Summary & Analysis

16. Russell Freedman's Freedom Walkers: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will explore Russell Freedman's 'Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott,' and examine how the story's events led to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.

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