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Ch 8: American Prose for 10th Grade: Tutoring Solution

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The American Prose chapter of this 10th Grade English Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about American prose. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach many of the American short stories and novels required in a typical 10th grade English course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other 10th grade English work.
  • Identify the American prose concepts that you're stuck on.
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  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
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This chapter of our 10th grade English tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about American prose and earn better grades. This resource can help students, including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding The Grapes of Wrath, Moby Dick, The Awakening, 'Civil Disobedience' or any other American prose topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their English learning
  • Prefer learning English visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their American prose unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in 10th grade English
  • Don't have access to their English teacher outside of class

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Learning Objectives

  • Explore the works of John Steinbeck.
  • Analyze Herman Melville's, Moby Dick.
  • Discuss the life and works of Edith Wharton.
  • Explain the significance of Uncle Tom's Cabin during the American Civil War.
  • Describe Kate Chopin's style and take a look at some of her works.

22 Lessons in Chapter 8: American Prose for 10th Grade: Tutoring Solution
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John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

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.

Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

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.

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

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.

The Old Man and the Sea: Summary, Characters & Themes

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.

All Quiet on the Western Front: Summary and Themes

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.

Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels

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.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

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.

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

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.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

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.

Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style

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.'

Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Summary and Analysis

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.

Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis

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.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary & Analysis

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.

Farewell to Manzanar: Summary, Characters, Themes & Author

14. Farewell to Manzanar: Summary, Characters, Themes & Author

This lesson provides a synopsis of Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's memoir 'Farewell to Manzanar,' as well as descriptions of each of its major characters, an analysis of major themes, and biographical information about the author.

Gone With the Wind: Summary, Characters & Author

15. Gone With the Wind: Summary, Characters & Author

Gone with the Wind is the ultimate American Civil War story. Filled with southern belles and plantations, war and death and redemption, ruthless women and besotted men, Gone with the Wind will stand up as one of the best novels of all time.

H.L. Mencken: Biography & Books

16. H.L. Mencken: Biography & Books

H. L. Mencken is one of the most feared and revered critics of the 20th century. Read about how his writing helped influence much of the popular, social, and political culture.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Biography, Books & Facts

17. Laura Ingalls Wilder: Biography, Books & Facts

This lesson will examine the life and books of American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, most famous for the ''Little House on the Prairie'' series of books.

Michael Pollan: Biography & Books

18. Michael Pollan: Biography & Books

In this lesson you will learn about author Michael Pollan, including his books, research interest and activism. If you've never read one of Pollan's books, this just might peak your curiosity.

Paul Fleischman: Biography, Poems & Books

19. Paul Fleischman: Biography, Poems & Books

In this lesson, you will learn about author and playwright, Paul Fleischman. We will take a look at notable poetry collections and books he has published over the years.

The Chosen: Summary, Characters & Author

20. The Chosen: Summary, Characters & Author

How do you reconcile Orthodox Jewish religious teaching with the secular world around you? That is a question that author Chaim Potok, along with some of the characters in his popular novel, ''The Chosen,'' face. Read on to learn more about this novel and the interesting man who wrote it.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: Summary & Analysis

21. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson you'll learn about Upton Sinclair's novel, The Jungle. We'll discuss the book's muckraking origins and see why it's an examination of working conditions in early 20th century America.

The Known World by Edward P. Jones: Summary & Characters

22. The Known World by Edward P. Jones: Summary & Characters

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, 'The Known World' by Edward P. Jones. We'll explore the fictional Manchester County, Virginia, and its antebellum characters as well as the events they get swept up in.

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