Ch 23: PLACE English: Contemporary American Literature

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Watch video lessons to learn about contemporary American literature. These lessons and practice questions will help you prepare for the PLACE English exam.

PLACE English: Contemporary American Literature - Chapter Summary

The lessons and quizzes in this study guide help you review the contemporary period in American literature, including major authors and their works, in preparation for the PLACE English exam. By the end of the chapter, you will have studied the following:

  • Characteristics of the contemporary period in American literature
  • Biography and works of Tennessee Williams
  • Life and major plays of Arthur Miller
  • Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
  • J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye
  • Beat Generation poetry
  • Novels, poetry and accomplishments of Maya Angelou

Use the informative video lessons to brush up on topics you may have missed or grown rusty on, then test your knowledge with self-assessment quizzes and the chapter exam. Track your progress through the lessons on the dashboard, so you can easily see how much you've covered and what you still need to review.

PLACE English: Contemporary American Literature Chapter Objectives

This contemporary American literature chapter is designed to prepare you for questions in the literature section of the PLACE English exam. This section could ask you about major writers, works and themes in American literature, as well as their significance. The PLACE English exam as a whole will cover topics in reading, literature and communications (oral, visual and written) and will consist of approximately 100 questions. The exam is a requirement if you wish to earn certification to teach English in Colorado.

8 Lessons in Chapter 23: PLACE English: Contemporary American Literature
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The Contemporary Period in American Literature

1. The Contemporary Period in American Literature

Learn about how Contemporary literature developed and understand its fundamental characteristics. Find out how American history and cultural norms really defined and developed the Contemporary period in American literature.

Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works

2. 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.

Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

3. Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

This lesson provides insight into the life, work and style of one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tennessee Williams. His major works include 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'

Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

4. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis

5. Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis

If people only see you as a part of a race, and not as an individual, are you still a person? In this lesson, we'll analyze Ralph Ellison's important and critically acclaimed novel, 'Invisible Man.'

J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye: Summary and Analysis

6. J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye: Summary and Analysis

J.D. Salinger's novel tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a literary figure you'll either love or hate. Watch this video to find out which camp you fall into!

The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry

7. 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.

Who is Maya Angelou? - Biography, Books, Poetry & Accomplishments

8. Who is Maya Angelou? - Biography, Books, Poetry & Accomplishments

In this lesson, we will look at a remarkable woman, Maya Angelou, and discuss her biography, some of her works, and her accomplishments. You will then be asked to take a short quiz to test your comprehension of the lesson.

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