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Ch 12: American Novelists: Tutoring Solution

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The American Novelists chapter of this SAT Subject Test in Literature Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about American novelists. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the styles and works of American novelists required in a typical SAT literature prep course.

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  • Begin your assignment or other SAT literature prep work.
  • Identify the American novelists concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

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This chapter of our SAT literature tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about American novelists and prepare for the exam. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding works from Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway or any other American novelists topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their learning
  • Prefer learning about literature visually
  • Find themselves struggling to prepare for the SAT literature subject test
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in preparing for the SAT subject test in literature
  • Don't have access to their SAT literature instructor outside of class

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Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the biography and works of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
  • Analyze Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  • Become familiar with Henry David Thoreau's Walden.
  • Explore the works of Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and Kate Chopin.
  • Summarize My Antonia by Willa Cather.
  • Read and analyze Uncle Tom's Cabin.
  • Examine the plot of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, and Henry James's Daisy Miller.
  • Learn about the writing style of Ernest Hemingway.

20 Lessons in Chapter 12: American Novelists: Tutoring Solution
Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

1. Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

Like many great people, Herman Melville was misunderstood during his time. Watch this video to find out why the author of the famous novel 'Moby Dick' died almost as a complete unknown.

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

2. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

Who was Nathaniel Hawthorne? Well, besides being a brooding guy with a bit of a dark past, he was one of the most famous writers from early America. Learn more about him and his view of the Puritan belief system in this video.

Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

3. 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

4. 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.

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.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

6. Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

In this lesson, we will explore the context, characters and plot of one of the country's most influential novels, Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Then, find out how it inched America closer to the Civil War.

Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

7. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.

Willa Cather's My Antonia: Summary and Analysis

8. Willa Cather's My Antonia: Summary and Analysis

In this lesson, we will examine Willa Cather's most recognizable literary work, 'My Antonia'. We will take a look at the plot of this story while considering the ways in which this modernist novel uses language and setting to reflect character relationships and emotion.

Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style

9. Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style

In this lesson, we will learn about Kate Chopin, a Southern regionalist writer. First, we will consider how her life created a framework for stories that reflect early feminist values in a very traditional world, then we will look at her two most famous works, 'The Story of an Hour' and 'The Awakening.'

The American in Europe: Henry James' Daisy Miller

10. The American in Europe: Henry James' Daisy Miller

In this lesson, we will examine the literary theme of the American abroad in the work of expatriate writer Henry James. Specifically, we will examine James's depiction of character relationships, behavior and social context within his novella Daisy Miller.

Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

11. 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.

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

12. 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!

Barbara Kingsolver: Biography & Books

13. Barbara Kingsolver: Biography & Books

In this lesson on American author Barbara Kingsolver, we'll learn about her upbringing, the type of work she has written, the awards she has won, and a few of her most famous books. We'll finish with a short quiz.

John Dos Passos: Biography & Books

14. John Dos Passos: Biography & Books

John Dos Passos was a political activist and author of over 40 novels, many of which critiqued America during the early 20th century. Read about how his political and personal experiences inspired his work and his country.

Louis Sachar: Biography, Books & Facts

15. Louis Sachar: Biography, Books & Facts

Louis Sachar is an American author, most famous for the Wayside School series and the novel 'Holes,' winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal. This lesson traces Sachar's life and the works of his career.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin: Characters, Themes & Symbols

16. The Awakening by Kate Chopin: Characters, Themes & Symbols

Discover why the late nineteenth-century novel The Awakening caused quite a scandal when it was first published. In Kate Chopin's novel, the main character Edna, a young mother and wife, comes undone when her heart is awakened by the attention of another man.

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler: Summary & Analysis

17. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll talk about the tough, no-nonsense detective story 'The Big Sleep' by reviewing the plot, figuring out 'whodunnit?' and analyzing some important aspects of this classic crime novel.

Upton Sinclair: Facts, Books & Accomplishments

18. Upton Sinclair: Facts, Books & Accomplishments

This lesson details the life of Upton Sinclair, and his works and accomplishments We'll go over Sinclair's most famous work, The Jungle, which revolutionized the food industry in the 20th century.

Vladimir Nabokov: Biography, Books & Poems

19. Vladimir Nabokov: Biography, Books & Poems

This lesson will introduce you to Vladimir Nabokov, one of the twentieth century's best-known novelists. You'll also learn a bit about Nabokov's most famous works and the themes they explore.

Who is Elie Wiesel? - Biography, Books, Facts & Nobel Peace Prize

20. Who is Elie Wiesel? - Biography, Books, Facts & Nobel Peace Prize

After experiencing the absolute worst that humanity is capable of, is it possible not to hate? Read on to learn about how Elie Wiesel survived the horrors of the concentration camps of the Holocaust, and then went on to find ways to live a life full of love, writing many important books and dedicating himself to helping others.

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