Ch 8: PLACE English: Context in Literary Works

About This Chapter

Use these engaging video lessons and interactive quizzes to review context in literary works. This chapter is designed to help you prepare for the literature section of the PLACE English exam.

PLACE English: Context in Literary Works - Chapter Summary

This study guide contains lessons on how to analyze and interpret the context of literary works. In order to prepare for questions on the PLACE English exam, you'll study how literature is often a response to historical, cultural and social events. Other lesson topics include:

  • Literature as a method of expressing ideas and values
  • How literature responds to cultural and social conditions and events
  • Ways an author's life can influence their work
  • Major critics and movements in literary theory

Watch the lessons to learn or review these concepts, then test yourself to see how much you understand with self-assessment quizzes and the chapter exam. The lessons can be viewed as many times as you like, and if you have any questions, our expert instructors are here to help.

PLACE English: Context in Literary Works Chapter Objectives

The PLACE English exam is part of the certification process to teach English in Colorado. The test covers literature, reading, writing and oral and visual communication. The lessons in this chapter correspond to the literature portion of the test, which measures your understanding of the cultural contexts of literature. The exam has about 100 multiple-choice questions, and the practice quizzes in this chapter will help you get an idea of the format and types of questions you can expect.

5 Lessons in Chapter 8: PLACE English: Context in Literary Works
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Interpreting Works in Context

1. Interpreting Works in Context

In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.

Literature as a Form of Expression

2. Literature as a Form of Expression

In this lesson, you'll learn how to distinguish literary texts from other types of texts. You'll also explore how authors might use literature to express their culture, values and ideas.

Literature as a Response to Culture

3. Literature as a Response to Culture

This lesson analyzes how literature responds to various aspects of culture, such as historical events, social conditions, scientific developments, and religious movements. This lesson offers examples from British and American literature.

How an Author's Life Influences Literary Works

4. How an Author's Life Influences Literary Works

Every day, your gender, race, and other lifestyle factors affect what you think and how you act. This lesson describes the same phenomenon of how an author's personal life and background can influence his writing. We will explore the works of several different authors to see this in action.

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

5. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.

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