Ch 3: Teaching Literature & Literary Analysis

About This Chapter

Ensure you understand the basics of teaching literature and literary analysis by reviewing these entertaining lessons. This chapter closely examines world literature, contemporary American literature, literary movements and more.

Teaching Literature & Literary Analysis - Chapter Summary

The process of teaching literature and literary analysis can involve exploring a wide variety of literary genres, periods and techniques. Feel confident that you have a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to teach literature by reviewing lessons in this chapter. Each lesson provides an in-depth analysis of an important literary topic or teaching strategy. When finished with this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Describe literary periods and movements throughout history
  • Explain modernism in American literature
  • Identify and describe authors and major works of contemporary American literature
  • List and discuss the major authors and works of world literature
  • Detail the basics of teaching literary analysis and comprehension
  • Share tips for analyzing a literary passage
  • Define and describe literary devices
  • Discuss test-taking strategies for answering multiple-choice questions about literature

Easily navigate the lessons in this chapter by selecting your first video, then scrolling along the right-hand sidebar to choose others in any sequence you desire. Feel free to revisit the lessons as often as needed to fully understand what's involved in teaching literature and literary analysis. Before, during or after reviewing the lessons, take short quizzes to assess your understanding of concepts covered. If you have questions about lesson topics, don't hesitate to submit them to our experts.

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: Teaching Literature & Literary Analysis
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Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

Modernism in American Literature

2. 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.

Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works

3. 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.

World Literature: Major Authors & Works

4. World Literature: Major Authors & Works

World literature is writing that goes beyond borders to touch readers worldwide. This lesson will define world literature and give five examples of books that have had a lasting influence.

Literary Criticism: Definition, Examples & Forms

5. Literary Criticism: Definition, Examples & Forms

For as long as writers have been writing, there have been critics evaluating their work. In this lesson, we will take a look at why literary criticism is important and a few different common approaches used to analyze literature.

Teaching Literary Analysis & Comprehension

6. Teaching Literary Analysis & Comprehension

Learning how to analyze and comprehend literary texts is one of the most advanced and exciting aspects of reading instruction. This lesson explores how to get students on the path toward deep comprehension.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

7. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

8. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

9. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.

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