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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering 9th grade English material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn 9th grade English. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding contemporary fiction for 9th grade
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about contemporary fiction for 9th grade
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra English learning resources
How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the contemporary fiction for 9th grade chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the contemporary fiction for 9th grade chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any contemporary fiction question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a contemporary fiction unit of a standard 9th grade English course. Topics covered include:
- Things They Carried
- Barbara Kingsolver's biography and books
- The Joy Luck Club
- Ian McEwan's novels
- Cormac McCarthy's biography and novels
1. The Things They Carried: Summary, Characters & Themes
The Vietnam War was a long, controversial military conflict. In this lesson, you'll get a summary of Tim O'Brien's Vietnam War novel, including a breakdown of the main characters and major ideas.
2. Barbara Kingsolver: Biography, Books & Quotes
In this lesson on American writer Barbara Kingsolver, you'll learn about her life, her major literary awards, and a couple of her best-selling books. You can test your understanding at the end with a short quiz.
3. Things Fall Apart: Summary, Characters & Themes
Things Fall Apart tells the tragic story of a Nigerian tribesman who holds on to tradition in a changing world. In this lesson, you'll learn about the basic story and the characters involved, and you'll pick up on a few of the novel's major themes.
4. Cormac McCarthy: Biography, Novels & Quotes
Cormac McCarthy has been called one of the greatest living American writers. In this lesson, you'll learn about his life and three of his most celebrated novels.
5. Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club & Other Novels
Amy Tan is known for writing books about Chinese immigrant mothers and their American daughters, but her books speak to larger issues that anyone can relate to. In this lesson you'll get an introduction to Tan, her most famous book, and a few of her other novels.
6. Elie Wiesel's Night: Summary, History & Quotes
The Holocaust of World War II was one of the darkest times in recent history. In this lesson, you'll get an overview of one of the most famous Holocaust memoirs, along with the historical context and some biographical highlights of the author, Elie Wiesel.
7. Ian McEwan Novels: Saturday and Atonement
In this lesson, you'll hit the highlights of two important novels by British writer Ian McEwan. You'll learn what happens in the books, who the main characters are, and which big ideas McEwan develops.
8. The Kite Runner: Summary, Characters & Themes
The Kite Runner is a contemporary novel set in Afghanistan that has drawn equal amounts of praise and controversy. In this lesson, you'll learn about the main characters, the main ideas, and get a summary of the crucial events.
9. Kurt Vonnegut: Biography, Works & Quotes
Kurt Vonnegut's books are counted among the greatest novels ever written. In this lesson, you'll learn about the interesting life Vonnegut lived, and you'll be exposed to some of the big ideas in his most famous books.
10. A Yellow Raft in Blue Water: Summary & Quotes
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris is a story of heartbreak, hope, and the importance of family. Though tragic things happen to the women in this story, they are stronger than those who try to bring them down.
11. Amy Tan's A Pair of Tickets: Summary & Analysis
Amy Tan's popular 1989 novel, 'The Joy Luck Club,' is made up of a series of short stories that are interwoven to form a larger narrative. 'A Pair of Tickets' is the final story of the book. In this lesson, you will read a summary of the story, as well as an analysis of its major themes and how it functions within the novel.
12. Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird: Character, Traits & Quotes
Atticus Finch, a protagonist in the famous Harper Lee novel ''To Kill a Mockingbird,'' is a level-headed man who faces challenges in his profession, family, and town. This lesson will help provide you with a better understanding of Atticus Finch, a man of great wisdom and character.
13. Bradbury's All Summer in a Day: Summary & Analysis
Summer vacations are probably some of our most cherished experiences from childhood. Even so, learn just how much more we should probably appreciate them in this lesson, which features a synopsis and analysis of Ray Bradbury's 'All Summer in a Day.'
14. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: Summary, Characters & Quotes
The bestselling novel, ''The Alchemist'', is often referred to as a must-read. What makes this book so special? Read on for a summary of the book, an introduction to its complex characters and some of the novel's most important quotes.
15. Eve Bunting: Biography, Books & Awards
Chances are you've read a book by Eve Bunting, a popular author for children. Read on to learn about her life, check out her most popular books and discover the awards she's won.
16. Ezra Jack Keats: Biography & Books
In this lesson, you will learn about American children's book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, his early life and career, the success he found following an unexpected career path, and the memorable characters he created along the way.
17. Flannery O'Conner: Biography, Books & Writing Style
Fiction and essay writer Flannery O'Connor is considered one of the best American southern writers. This lesson will discuss her life, her struggles, as well as what makes her stories so deep and dark.
18. Forrest Gump: Book Summary, Historical References & Analysis
This article summarizes Winston Groom's 1986 novel, Forrest Gump, as well as analyzes themes found within the work. Read the article and take the quiz!
19. The Hobbit: Summary & Analysis
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, is visited by his old wizard friend, Gandalf, and a group of dwarves who drag Bilbo away on a hunt for treasure guarded by a dragon. Read on to learn more about what happens in J.R.R. Tolkien's ''The Hobbit''.
20. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: Summary & Quotes
Love changes everything, even for a porcelain toy rabbit in ''The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane'' by Kate DiCamillo. Edward learns that real happiness comes from looking beyond his own reflection, listening to other people's stories, and opening his heart to friendship.
21. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: Characters & Setting
Edward Tulane may only be a china rabbit, but you would never know it by his adventures. Over the course of his story, he travels with some truly memorable characters. In this lesson, we will meet a few of those characters and discuss the setting of Kate DiCamillo's ''The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane''.
22. Among the Hidden: Setting & Characters
In this lesson, you'll learn about the characters and setting of ''Among the Hidden'' by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This novel takes place during a dystopian era, placing its characters under control of their government. The novel primarily focuses on Luke Garner and Jen Talbot, who unwrap the truth of their society.
23. Among the Hidden: Author, Series & Genre
This lesson discusses the author, genre, and series of 'Among the Hidden'. When you have finished this lesson, you'll know more about Margaret Peterson Haddix, young adult dystopian novels, and the Shadow Children series.
24. Among the Hidden: Summary & Themes
This lesson discusses the summary and themes of 'Among the Hidden' by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The main themes of 'Among the Hidden' are friendship, family, freedom, and courage.
25. The Hunger Games: Summary & Characters
Odds are, you've at least heard of Suzanne Collins' mega-popular novel, ''The Hunger Games''. But how much do you really know about the book? This lesson explores the summary and characters.
26. The Hunger Games: Author & Series
It would be hard to imagine young adult fiction of the last decade without thinking of the Hunger Games series. This lesson gives an in-depth look at Suzanne Collins, the author of the Hunger Games trilogy, as well as the best-selling series.
27. Tears of a Tiger: Summary & Characters
Have you ever made a mistake so big that it was hard to forgive yourself afterwards? If so, then you can relate to Andy, the main character in Sharon Draper's novel 'Tears of a Tiger.' In this lesson, you'll get a summary of the novel and its main characters.
28. Tears of a Tiger Quotes & Analysis
Losing someone you love can be tough, especially if that someone happens to be a good friend. Such is the case for the main characters in Sharon Draper's novel Tears of a Tiger. In this lesson, you'll study quotes from the characters, and explore what each quote means.
29. Jim Crow Laws in To Kill a Mockingbird
In this lesson, we will discuss the Jim Crow Laws and how these laws affect the novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Having a knowledge of these laws will help greatly in understanding the novel.
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