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Ch 8: 11th Grade Contemporary Literature: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The 11th Grade Contemporary Literature chapter of this 11th Grade English Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about contemporary literature. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the plots and themes in contemporary literature required in a typical 11th grade English course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other 11th grade English work.
  • Identify the contemporary literature 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.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our 11th grade English tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn contemporary literature and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding themes in Barbara Kingsolver's works, novels by Ian McEwan, works by Kurt Vonnegut, plot in The Chosen or any other contemporary literature topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their English learning
  • Prefer learning English visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their contemporary literature unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in 11th grade English
  • Don't have access to their English teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning about contemporary literature simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live English tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn about contemporary literature on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the main themes of Things They Carried.
  • Discuss the biography and books of Barbara Kingsolver.
  • Analyze the characters of Things Fall Apart.
  • Take a look at The Joy Luck Club and other novels by Amy Tan.
  • Describe the historical context of Elie Wiesel's Night.
  • Provide summaries and analyses for Ian McEwan's Saturday and Atonement.
  • Explore the major works of Kurt Vonnegut.
  • Discuss the feminist theory found in the works of bell hooks.

21 Lessons in Chapter 8: 11th Grade Contemporary Literature: Tutoring Solution
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.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Books

10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Books

MacArthur Genius Grant winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hasn't been writing for very long--only about 15 years. But in that comparatively short time, she's made a huge impact on the world of literature. Let's take a look at the books of this inspiring figure in contemporary African literature.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: Summary & Analysis

11. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: Summary & Analysis

Have you ever wondered how stories can affect your world-view? Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores this in her 'TED talk' presentation, examining the concept of the 'single story' and the power that narratives have in shaping our perceptions of one another.

Half a Yellow Sun: Summary & Analysis

12. Half a Yellow Sun: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will explore the plot of 'Half of a Yellow Sun.' You will learn about the basic structure of the novel, its historical context, and other important elements that make up the plot.

Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul: Summary & Analysis

13. Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul: Summary & Analysis

''Half a Life'', by V.S. Naipaul, is the story of Willie Somerset Chandran, a wanderer who searches for self-discovery in several countries and on many different avenues. His adventures carry him from India to London and all the way to Mozambique.

Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul Quotes

14. Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul Quotes

Willie Chandran is seeking a purpose, yet his voyage leads him well middle age in V.S. Naipaul's ''Half a Life''. Can Willie strip his own perception of self, the world, and his lineage to find the answers he yearns?

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy: Summary & Quotes

15. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy: Summary & Quotes

This lesson provides a summary of Cormac McCarthy's novel ''Child of God.'' We will learn about the characters, setting, and major plot events through quotes from the novel.

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy: Theme & Analysis

16. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy: Theme & Analysis

In this lesson, we will analyze the author's choices and examine the themes in the Cormac McCarthy novel 'Child of God.' This is the story of how Lester Ballard's unmet needs for companionship led to moral degradation.

Blood Meridian: Summary & Analysis

17. Blood Meridian: Summary & Analysis

Cormac McCarthy's ''Blood Meridian'' offers a realistic portrayal of westward expansion. It focuses on the nature of war and the human propensity toward violence.

Blood Meridian: Quotes & Character Analysis

18. Blood Meridian: Quotes & Character Analysis

The characters in Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian' are as violent as the story in which they appear. McCarthy uses the novel's characters to reflect the bloody conflict that occurred on the Mexican border in the 1840s.

Books Similar to Blood Meridian

19. Books Similar to Blood Meridian

Cormac McCarthy's novel 'Blood Meridian' tells the bleak story of one boy growing up surrounded by violence. This lesson explores the similar books 'Moby Dick,' 'The Revenant,' 'The Devil All the Time,' 'American Meteor,' and 'City of Thieves.'

No Country for Old Men: Book Summary & Quotes

20. No Country for Old Men: Book Summary & Quotes

In Cormac McCarthy's 'No Country for Old Men', Llewelyn Moss finds a case full of drug money and more trouble than he bargains for when a psychopathic killer named Anton Chigurh is hired to pursue him. Sheriff Bell tries but fails to protect Moss.

No Country for Old Men: Book Analysis & Themes

21. No Country for Old Men: Book Analysis & Themes

Cormac McCarthy's novel ''No Country for Old Men'' uses interior monologues to consider the nature of evil, one of the book's themes. The novel also examines the part fate plays in matters of life and death.

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