About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our 10th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about American prose. There is no faster or easier way to learn about American prose for 10th grade. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about works by American authors such as Steinbeck, Melville, Wharton and Thoreau.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and an American prose for 10th grade unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
American Prose for 10th Grade Unit Objectives:
- Explore several major works by John Steinbeck, Henry David Thoreau, Charlotte Perkins and Herman Melville.
- Meet Edith Wharton and Kate Chopin; delve into several of their best-known writing pieces.
- Study the Civil War novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
1. All Quiet on the Western Front: Summary and Themes
Erich Maria Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front' sold millions of copies worldwide. It portrays German soldiers' experiences during WWI, but many say it relates to all soldiers, describing the horrors of war, which transcend time and place.
2. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the famous short story The Yellow Wallpaper. We will consider the ways in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses the story to communicate about her own difficult experiences post-birth. Additionally, we will discuss her use of fiction as a vehicle to reveal what she felt was the less-than-equal existence of women during the 19th century.
3. Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels
Who was Edith Wharton? Only the author of over 40 books and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In this lesson, we'll explore her life and major novels.
4. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
5. 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.
6. Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis
''Moby Dick'' is not just a boring story about a whale. Its popularity is still strong today (guess what major coffee chain takes its name from the story) thanks to Herman Melville's raunchy jokes about sperm whales. Oh, the fact it's a great story about evil and revenge doesn't hurt either.
7. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works
John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.
8. 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.'
9. Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the plot and characters of Kate Chopin's most widely read short story, 'The Story of an Hour.' We will consider the ways in which the author's topics of marriage and independence reflect her feminist sensibilities and make this an early work of feminist literature.
10. Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the acclaimed feminist novel 'The Awakening' by regionalist writer Kate Chopin. We will take a look at the protagonist, who wishes for freedom from her role as traditional wife and mother, while considering the 19th century world in which the novel was written.
11. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style
John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.
12. The Old Man and the Sea: Summary, Characters & Themes
The Old Man and the Sea was the last novel Ernest Hemingway published before killing himself in 1961. In many ways, the novel gives us a glimpse into the award-winning author's mind as this story's events and themes connect to Hemingway's life.
13. 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.
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- Text Analysis - 10th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Writing Process for 10th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
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- 10th Grade Grammar Skills: Homeschool Curriculum
- Punctuation Skills - 10th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
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