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Ch 7: NYSTCE English Language Arts: American Literature

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Let the following video lessons with quizzes help you get ready to answer questions on American Literature for the NYSTCE English Language Arts test. Using our videos, you can review American authors and their works to prepare for the exam.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: American Literature- Chapter Summary

Trace the history of American literature. Review authors of the various periods and movements, leading up to contemporary works. Examine the impact of the various movements on American literature. Work your way through our video lessons in the following topic areas:

  • Heritage and literary influence of the Native American oral tradition
  • The Federalist Papers
  • The Romantic period and the Dark Romantics
  • Literary Realism
  • Transcendentalism
  • Jazz Age
  • Modernism
  • The Lost Generation
  • The Beat Generation
  • Contemporary American authors and works

Revisit these essential movements, authors and works by watching the video lessons. After you've watched the lessons, take the quick quizzes for self-reflection.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: American Literature Objectives

The language and literature subarea composes about 18% of your exam. Multiple-choice questions assess your competence in the following objectives:

  • Analysis of the importance of major writers, works and movements pertaining to the development of American literature
  • Examination of the changes in American literature of the colonial, 19th century, modern and contemporary periods
  • Identification of the major themes and styles of significant American writers of prose
  • Analysis of American writers' responses to major historical events, social conditions and religious movements

Your exam includes about 90 multiple-choice questions, which accompanies a written, constructed-response assignment. Use this chapter to brush up on all test content related to American authors and their works before test day.

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: NYSTCE English Language Arts: American Literature
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Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence

1. Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence

Native American nations have a rich oral tradition of storytelling. In this lesson, we'll explore the heritage and themes of American Indian stories and look at how they influenced later American literature.

The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary

2. The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary

The Federalist Papers were a collection of political essays from the 18th century written by several Founding Fathers of the United States. In this lesson, we'll learn more about the Federalist Papers and why they are still important today.

The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

3. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.

The Dark Romantics in American Literature

4. The Dark Romantics in American Literature

This video introduces the characteristics of Dark Romanticism, a movement at the end of the Romantic period where literature embodied creepy symbols, horrific themes, and explored the psychological effects of guilt and sin. Authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote short stories, poems, and novels that encouraged Americans to see evil in everything.

The Literary Realism Movement: A Response to Romanticism

5. The Literary Realism Movement: A Response to Romanticism

In this lesson, we will learn about Realism in American literature, how this new literary movement grew out of Romanticism and what circumstances in our changing nation made that literary shift possible.

Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

6. Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

This video defines Transcendentalism, a literary movement of the mid-19th century. Authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman used their literary platforms to encourage Americans to transcend society's presumptions and create a personal, progressive relationship with spirituality and nature.

The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

7. 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.

Modernism in American Literature

8. Modernism in American Literature

In this lesson, we will discuss the concept of literary modernism in the United States. We will explore its historical backdrop along with the very unique characteristics and authors that define American modernism which lasted from 1914-1945.

The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

9. The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

In this lesson, we will explore the effects of WWI on the American literary community. We will take a look at the Lost Generation of writers, the characteristics of their work and the ways in which they represented post-war attitudes both in the U.S. and abroad.

The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry

10. The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry

It's a movement that began with a howl, and it had a major impact on both poetry and culture in America. In this lesson, we'll cover the Beat Generation and review the defining characteristics of their style.

Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works

11. Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works

This lesson helps you decipher pieces of contemporary American literature by looking at famous examples from some of the greatest authors of the time.

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