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Ch 6: Contemporary Fiction for 9th Grade: Homework Help

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The Contemporary Fiction for 9th Grade chapter of this 9th Grade English Homework Help course helps students complete their contemporary fiction homework and earn better grades. This homework help resource uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long.

How it works:

  • Identify which concepts are covered on your contemporary fiction homework.
  • Find videos on those topics within this chapter.
  • Watch fun videos, pausing and reviewing as needed.
  • Complete sample questions and get instant feedback.
  • Finish your contemporary fiction homework with ease!

Topics from your homework you'll be able to complete:

  • Life and works of Barbara Kingsolver
  • Novels and life of Cormac McCarthy
  • Works of Amy Tan
  • Novels by Ian McEwan
  • Works and quotes of Kurt Vonnegut

15 Lessons in Chapter 6: Contemporary Fiction for 9th Grade: Homework Help
The Things They Carried: Summary, Characters & Themes

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.

Barbara Kingsolver: Biography, Books & Quotes

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.

Things Fall Apart: Summary, Characters & Themes

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.

Cormac McCarthy: Biography, Novels & Quotes

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.

Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club & Other 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.

Elie Wiesel's Night: Summary, History & Quotes

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.

Ian McEwan Novels: Saturday and Atonement

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.

The Kite Runner: Summary, Characters & Themes

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.

Kurt Vonnegut: Biography, Works & Quotes

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.

Gail Carson Levine: Biography & Books

10. Gail Carson Levine: Biography & Books

In this lesson you'll learn about the children's and young adult author Gail Carson Levine and her work, primarily her well-received novel, Ella Enchanted. Read the lesson and take the quiz!

Girl by Jamaica Kincaid: Summary, Theme & Analysis

11. Girl by Jamaica Kincaid: Summary, Theme & Analysis

This lesson will summarize the short prose poem, 'Girl,' by Jamaica Kincaid. Also, this lesson will provide an overview of some central themes and provide analysis for each.

Harry Potter: Characters, Author & Facts

12. Harry Potter: Characters, Author & Facts

If you don't know who Harry Potter is, you might just be a Muggle. Not to worry, though, because in this lesson you'll have the chance to meet the author of the series, along with some of her characters, who have captivated readers for nearly two decades.

Independence Day by Richard Ford: Summary & Analysis

13. Independence Day by Richard Ford: Summary & Analysis

'Independence Day' by Richard Ford is a sequel to 'The Sportscaster,' featuring Frank Bascome as he struggles to gain independence and reconnect with his family. Written in 1995, this is the second book in a four-part series.

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Summary & Analysis

14. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Summary & Analysis

'Purple Hibiscus' is a coming-of-age narrative about a young Nigerian woman who struggles to assert her identity in a patriarchal culture. Read a plot summary and examine some of the themes of this debut novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Thirteen Reasons Why: Book Summary & Characters

15. Thirteen Reasons Why: Book Summary & Characters

This lesson summarizes 'Thirteen Reasons Why' by Jay Asher, a novel about the suicide of teen Hannah Baker. In addition, we will examine the novel's main characters, all of whom play a part in Hannah's suicide.

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