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Ch 21: British Literature for Middle Grades

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Watch video lessons to learn about British literature for young adult readers. Find out about Charles Dickens' writings and style. Learn how he has influenced generations of readers.

British Literature for Middle Grades - Chapter Summary

Return to the beginning of Charles Dickens' childhood in England. Find out how his family's financial problems may have influenced his works. The lessons in this chapter show you how some of his earliest works appeared in installments, followed by several novels, before he visited America.

Upon his return to England, Dickens finished writing A Christmas Carol, which was just one of his Christmas novels. Learn why David Copperfield is considered a loosely autobiographical novel and what it may reveal about the man. Find out about Dickens' late-life 'muse' and explore one of his largest literary successes, Great Expectations. The following crucial topics are included in this chapter:

  • The environment of Dickens' early life and its possible effects on his writing
  • Some of this author's major works and the style in which he wrote
  • The wide influences of Dickens' works, abroad and in America
  • Plot and main characters of Great Expectations
  • The theme of social class as presented in Great Expectations

Experienced educators have written and presented these video lessons about Charles Dickens and a selection of his works in an engaging and informative manner. You can take the short quizzes at the end of each video to measure your understanding of the material. If you need to return to a video to check on something, video tags can help you find the correct spot without having to watch the entire lesson again. These lessons also appear in a text format that explains the main terms and concepts.

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