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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.
1. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style
American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.
2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through a close examination of characters and plot.
3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis
In this lesson, we will continue our exploration of Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through an analysis of plot, characters, and theme.
4. Twain's Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
In this lesson, we will explore the characters and discuss the plotline of one of Twain's most popular short stories, 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.'
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