Ch 21: PLACE English: Modern American Authors

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This chapter will help you review the modern American authors you could be asked about on the PLACE English exam. Use the self-assessment quizzes at the end of every lesson to make sure you're up to speed.

PLACE English: Modern American Authors - Chapter Summary

Get ready for your PLACE English exam with this chapter on modern American authors. You'll learn about the modernist movement in American literature, as well as major authors and their works. The lessons will cover the following authors:

  • The Lost Generation writers
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Ernest Hemmingway
  • William Faulkner
  • John Steinbeck
  • Eugene O'Neill

The chapter contains short video lessons and interactive quizzes. Watch the videos as many times as you need to fully absorb the information, then test what you've learned with the quizzes.

PLACE English: Modern American Authors Objectives

These video lessons and quizzes are an ideal way to prepare for PLACE English questions on modern American authors. These questions are a part of the literature section of the exam, which will assess what you know about major authors, themes and works of American literature.

The PLACE English exam is a requirement for anyone seeking a certification to teach English in Colorado. It will test you on literature, written and oral communication and reading instruction. The exam lasts four and a half hours and is comprised of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions.

7 Lessons in Chapter 21: PLACE English: Modern American Authors
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Modernism in American Literature

1. 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

2. 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.

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works

3. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the defining American novels: 'The Great Gatsby.' Yet, his personal life was tumultuous and filled with struggles. In this lesson, we'll explore his major works and his life story.

Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

4. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.

William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

5. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

William Faulkner towers above American literature, particularly American literature of the South. In this lesson, we'll explore his life and review his major works and style.

John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

6. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.

Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

7. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize, playwright Eugene O'Neill is a major figure in American drama. In this lesson, we'll look at his tumultuous life and review the most notable plays from his acclaimed career.

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