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Ch 20: American Literature for Middle Grades

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Use the following video lessons to aid your study of young adult literature, including writings by Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain. Learn about their lives, works, styles and themes.

American Literature for Middle Grades - Chapter Summary

Dive into American literature with a summary of the characteristics and features that make reading selections appropriate for middle grade students. Walk in the shoes of Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain as you learn about their lives.

Find out how Hemingway's early days, followed by his years abroad, provided material for his novels and short stories. Learn why Poe is often called the 'father of the modern mystery'. Explore how his difficult life influenced his poems and stories. Meet Mark Twain's character, Huckleberry Finn, while you discover the strong influence the novel had on the United States. With the lessons in this chapter, you can learn about these authors' works and explore their styles and themes. Some of the significant topics included in this chapter include:

  • Characteristics of literature for young adults
  • Effects of Ernest Hemingway's life experiences on his novels and short stories
  • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • American literature's Realism movement
  • The tormented life of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Poe's use of diction and imagery

Watch each short video lesson and then take the quick quiz to check your comprehension of the material. Our instructors present each chapter's topic in a clear and interesting manner. Besides the videos, each lesson is also visible in written transcript form. If you need to define a particular term or phrase, the transcript includes links to short text lessons for that very purpose.

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