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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an American novelists unit of a standard SAT subject test in literature course. Topics covered include:
- Herman Melville's works
- Style of Nathaniel Hawthorne's works
- Ralph Waldo Emerson's poems
- Walden summary and analysis
- Walt Whitman's transcendental and realist poems
- Uncle Tom's Cabin
- Mark Twain's works and style
- Summary and analysis of My Antonia
- Kate Chopin's biography and style
- Henry James' works
- Ernest Hemingway's works and style
- Catcher in the Rye summary and analysis
1. Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style
Like many great people, Herman Melville was misunderstood during his time. Watch this video to find out why the author of the famous novel 'Moby Dick' died almost as a complete unknown.
2. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style
Who was Nathaniel Hawthorne? Well, besides being a brooding guy with a bit of a dark past, he was one of the most famous writers from early America. Learn more about him and his view of the Puritan belief system in this video.
3. Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay
This video analyzes Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay 'Self-Reliance' for characteristics of transcendental ideas, including individualism, nonconformity, and intuition.
4. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.
5. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet
Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.
6. Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War
In this lesson, we will explore the context, characters and plot of one of the country's most influential novels, Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Then, find out how it inched America closer to the Civil War.
7. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.
8. Willa Cather's My Antonia: Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine Willa Cather's most recognizable literary work, 'My Antonia'. We will take a look at the plot of this story while considering the ways in which this modernist novel uses language and setting to reflect character relationships and emotion.
9. Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style
In this lesson, we will learn about Kate Chopin, a Southern regionalist writer. First, we will consider how her life created a framework for stories that reflect early feminist values in a very traditional world, then we will look at her two most famous works, 'The Story of an Hour' and 'The Awakening.'
10. The American in Europe: Henry James' Daisy Miller
In this lesson, we will examine the literary theme of the American abroad in the work of expatriate writer Henry James. Specifically, we will examine James's depiction of character relationships, behavior and social context within his novella Daisy Miller.
11. 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.
12. J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye: Summary and Analysis
J.D. Salinger's novel tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a literary figure you'll either love or hate. Watch this video to find out which camp you fall into!
13. A & P by John Updike: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will review the literary success of John Updike. We will then summarize his short story 'A & P' and analyze its themes and meaning.
14. Author Henry James: Biography & Novels
In this lesson, we will learn about the famous 19th-century American writer, Henry James. After an examination of his life, we will explore his prominent works and a few of his key thoughts before ending with a short quiz.
15. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Biography & Works
Charlotte Gilman Perkins was a writer, feminist and social activist who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This lesson will begin with a biography and then focus on her most popular writing 'The Yellow Wallpaper'.
16. Ethan Frome: Summary, Characters, Setting & Themes
This lesson explores Edith Wharton's dark masterpiece, Ethan Frome, centering upon the novel's key themes and most important characters. Additionally, the lesson examines some of the story's unique and significant features, including its use of setting and the frame narrative structure.
17. Judy Blume: Biography, Facts, Books & Banned Books
In this lesson, we will learn about Judy Blume, a well-known young adult author. After a brief overview of her life, we will learn about her books, which have often been banned because of their controversial subject matter.
18. Michael Dorris: Biography & Books
Michael Dorris, was a highly respected novelist, professor, and social anthropologist. He was especially noted for his gentle and compassionate literary attention to the socially disadvantaged. However, following his tragic suicide in 1997, Dorris' dark side was discovered.
19. Philip K. Dick: Books & Life
The science fiction author Philip K. Dick is widely considered to be among the most important and influential American novelists and short story writers of the 20th century. Learn more about his works in this lesson.
20. Sharon Creech: Biography, Books & Poems
Sharon Creech is an American author of Young Adult books. She is best known for the 1995 Newbury Medal book, 'Walk Two Moons.' Creech writes books and poetry based off experiences she's had in her own life. This lesson will cover the biography, books, and poems of Sharon Creech.
21. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers: Summary, Themes & Analysis
This lesson presents a summary and analysis of Carson McCullers' 1951 novella, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. The story is a Southern Gothic narrative about a strange young woman who becomes the victim of a sinister plot in her isolated town.
22. The Blithedale Romance: Summary & Analysis
Let's take a look at Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Blithedale Romance.' After first examining critical responses to the novel, we'll then learn about the relationship between the characters and setting of the novel and their real-world context.
23. The Grapes of Wrath: Summary, Characters & Themes
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is a gritty, realistic look at life in the Dust Bowl in America during the Great Depression. This lesson will focus on the summary, characters, and themes of The Grapes of Wrath.
24. This Side of Paradise: Summary, Themes & Analysis
F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel, ''This Side of Paradise,'' focuses on several themes and illustrates some social and moral changes in America during the early 20th century. This lesson includes a short synopsis as well as an analysis of its major themes and characters.
25. L. Frank Baum: Biography & Stories
L. Frank Baum, award-winning author and legendary storyteller, is best known for penning ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.'' In this lesson, you will get to know him before his imagination took us to the Emerald City.
26. Howard Pyle: Books, Paintings & Illustrations
In this lesson, we will discuss the books, paintings, and illustrations of Howard Pyle. This illustrator and author is best known for his work on 'The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.'
27. Howard Pyle: Biography, Quotes & Facts
American children's illustrator and writer Howard Pyle had a successful career during the nineteenth century. He is best remembered for his work ''The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood''. This lesson covers his life and explores related quotes and facts.
28. Howard Pyle: Art Philosophy & Teaching
In this lesson, we will learn about the life and times of American author and illustrator Howard Pyle. After exploring his philosophy of art, we will discover facts about his pedagogy, students, and teaching practice.
29. Tim Macy: Biography & Short Stories
Tim Macy is an American contemporary writer best known for the short story The Brass Teapot. In this lesson, you'll learn more about his life and his most famous work.
30. Roger Dean Kiser: Biography, Books & Short Stories
Roger Dean Kiser writes from a place of hurt, helping others to understand the pain of abandonment and child abuse. In this lesson, you'll learn more about Kiser's life and his writing.
31. The Lady & the Lion Summary
This lesson describes the story of the Lady and the Lion as told by the Brothers Grimm. We will explore each episode and then discover facts about the characters and conflicts involved in this timeless tale.
32. Gertrude Atherton: Biography & Quotes
American author Gertrude Atherton was a firecracker in life, and her work has been celebrated for its scrutiny of social issues. She was a prolific writer and won many awards. This lesson discusses her life and her thoughts on the world.
33. Gertrude Atherton: Books & Short Stories
In this lesson, we will examine the books and short stories of Gertrude Atherton. Atherton wrote some controversial pieces with feminist themes from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s.
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