Ch 19: PLACE English: Transcendentalism in American Literature

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Get ready for PLACE English exam questions on transcendentalist literature when you watch this chapter's video lessons. Short quizzes are also included to help check your understanding of these authors and their works.

PLACE English: Transcendentalism in American Literature - Chapter Summary

Review major works and impact of transcendentalist literature as you prepare for the PLACE English exam. Video lessons and quizzes in this chapter can help you review poetry and prose by the following authors:

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Walt Whitman

This chapter allows you to view video lessons and transcripts in any order, as many times as you'd like. Skip ahead to lessons covering the authors you're interested in studying or complete the entire chapter to get quick overview of important themes in transcendentalist literature.

PLACE English: Transcendentalism in American Literature Chapter Objectives

Use this chapter to prepare for PLACE exam questions covering the significance of transcendentalist poetry and nonfiction in the development of the country's literary tradition.

Responses to these types of literature questions are used along with your performance in the reading, written communication, oral communication, and visual communication and information processing content domains to determine your eligibility for English teacher credentials in Colorado. The exam includes a total of 100 multiple-choice questions.

5 Lessons in Chapter 19: PLACE English: Transcendentalism in American Literature
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Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

1. 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.

Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

2. Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

This video analyzes Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay 'Self-Reliance' for characteristics of transcendental ideas, including individualism, nonconformity, and intuition.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

3. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

4. 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.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

5. 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.

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