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Ch 8: 11th Grade Contemporary Literature: Homework Help

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The Contemporary Literature chapter of this 11th Grade English Homework Help course helps students complete their contemporary literature 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 11th grade contemporary literature homework.
  • Find videos on those topics within this chapter.
  • Watch fun videos, pausing and reviewing as needed.
  • Complete sample problems and get instant feedback.
  • Finish your 11th grade contemporary literature homework with ease!

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

  • A summary of The Things They Carried
  • Barbara Kingsolver's biography and works
  • Themes in Things Fall Apart
  • Cormac McCarthy's The Road and other novels
  • The Joy Luck Club and other Amy Tan novels
  • A summary of Elie Wiesel's Night
  • Ian McEwan's Saturday and Atonement
  • Characters and themes in The Kite Runner
  • Kurt Vonnegut's biography and works
  • Themes in the works of bell hooks
  • Plot in Chaim Potok's The Chosen

18 Lessons in Chapter 8: 11th Grade Contemporary Literature: Homework Help
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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.

First Person Narrator: Definition & Example

10. First Person Narrator: Definition & Example

In this lesson, we will define first person narrator and discuss some of its limitations. We will also look at several different examples of first person narration.

J.K. Rowling: Biography, Books & Facts

11. J.K. Rowling: Biography, Books & Facts

J.K. Rowling is one of the most popular authors in the past decade due to her success through the Harry Potter series. Learn more about J.K. Rowling and her works, and test your knowledge through a quiz.

Kurt Vonnegut: Biography & Books

12. Kurt Vonnegut: Biography & Books

Sometimes a writer's life is just as interesting as the work he or she produces. In this lesson, we'll examine the ups and downs of Kurt Vonnegut's life and career, exploring connections between his novels and the events that influenced them.

Naomi Shihab Nye: Biography, Poems & Books

13. Naomi Shihab Nye: Biography, Poems & Books

The poet Naomi Shihab Nye has lived and traveled all over the world, witnessing strife and finding the words to describe it. Reading her poems allows you to do the same thing: see the world.

Steppenwolf: Summary & Author

14. Steppenwolf: Summary & Author

Read on for a short summary of the novel, Steppenwolf, and for some information about its author, the famous Herman Hesse. Following this, you can test all your newfound knowledge with a quiz.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography

15. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography

In this lesson, we will explore novelist and short story writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's life and education and her writing, including her popular recent novel, 'Americanah'.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Short Stories

16. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Short Stories

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian born writer who has garnered numerous literary awards for her novels, poems and short stories. In this lesson, we'll explore some of Adichie's short stories and their themes.

Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul: Summary & Analysis

17. Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll summarize ''Miguel Street'' by V.S. Naipaul and analyze the main concepts introduced in the short story collection. The text is made up of a number of stories, each focusing on an individual character living on Miguel Street.

Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul: Characters & Themes

18. Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul: Characters & Themes

V.S. Naipaul's ''Miguel Street'' invites us into a community of diverse inhabitants. Grab your spot on the stoop to observe some of the characters and learn about the themes.

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