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- Works by John Steinbeck
- Analyses of writings by Herman Melville
- Major novels by Edith Wharton
- Analyses of works by Henry David Thoreau
- Writing style of Kate Chopin
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.'
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Eudora Welty: Biography, Short Stories & Books
Would you set aside your writing career to care for your sickly mother and siblings? Eudora Welty did. In addition to being a highly-celebrated writer and photographer, she was an extremely compassionate woman. Her amazing story is told in this lesson.
15. Hills Like White Elephants: Summary, Characters & Setting
If you've never read Hemingway's 'Hills Like White Elephants' or if you want to refresh your memory, there's no better place to start than right here! In this lesson, you'll get a synopsis of the short story and a closer look at its characters and setting.
16. Hills Like White Elephants: Theme, Symbolism & Literary Analysis
'To be or not to be?' You might think that just Hamlet posed that question, but Hemingway's 'Hills like White Elephants' asks the same thing. In this lesson, learn how the theme of this 1927 short story is still a hot-button issue today!
17. Indirect Characterization in To Kill a Mockingbird
In this lesson, we'll take a look at how the author Harper Lee employs indirect characterization to convey the personalities of Atticus Finch and Jem Finch in 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
18. Jack Kerouac: Biography, Books, Poems & Death
During this lesson we will learn about the 'beatnik' writer and poet Jack Kerouac. An overview of his life will be followed by an exploration of his works and the circumstances surrounding his death.
19. Out of the Dust: Summary, Characters & Theme
Out of the Dust is a 1997 novel by Karen Hesse. The winner of the 1998 Newbery Medal, Out of the Dust is remarkable through its use of verse to tell the story of Billie Jo Kelby's life on a farm during the Dust Bowl years.
20. The House of the Seven Gables: Summary & Explanation
The House of the Seven Gables is a classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. For decades, this story of intrigue and murder, love and obsession, curses and greed, has captivated readers. This lesson will cover the summary and themes of The House of the Seven Gables.
21. The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara: Summary, Analysis & Theme
In this lesson, we'll look at 'The Lesson,' a short story written by famous black writer Toni Cade Bambara. We'll also take a brief look at Bambara herself, along with an analysis and the themes of her famous short story. Then afterwards, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
22. Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story Discussion Questions
'Homeless to Harvard' is a 2003 movie by director Peter Levin based on the true story of a girl who overcomes many obstacles to reach her dreams. These classroom discussion questions will help your students analyze this film.
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