About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our 9th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about contemporary fiction. There is no faster or easier way to learn about late 20th century prose. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about works by such authors as McCarthy, Kingsolver, Wiesel, Vonnegut and Hosseini.
- 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 a contemporary fiction unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Contemporary Fiction Unit Objectives
- Get an introduction to characters in Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried
- Survey the life and works of Barbara Kingsolver
- Identify themes in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Examine the novels of Cormac McCarthy
- Discover The Joy Luck Club and other Amy Tan novels
- Understand the historical context of Elie Wiesel's Night
- Summarize the plot of Ian McEwan's Saturday and Atonement
- Investigate themes in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Learn about the life and works of Kurt Vonnegut
1. The Things They Carried: Summary, Characters & Themes
The Vietnam War was a long, controversial military conflict. In this lesson, you'll get a summary of Tim O'Brien's Vietnam War novel, including a breakdown of the main characters and major ideas.
2. Barbara Kingsolver: Biography, Books & Quotes
In this lesson on American writer Barbara Kingsolver, you'll learn about her life, her major literary awards, and a couple of her best-selling books. You can test your understanding at the end with a short quiz.
3. Things Fall Apart: Summary, Characters & Themes
Things Fall Apart tells the tragic story of a Nigerian tribesman who holds on to tradition in a changing world. In this lesson, you'll learn about the basic story and the characters involved, and you'll pick up on a few of the novel's major themes.
4. Cormac McCarthy: Biography, Novels & Quotes
Cormac McCarthy has been called one of the greatest living American writers. In this lesson, you'll learn about his life and three of his most celebrated novels.
5. Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club & Other Novels
Amy Tan is known for writing books about Chinese immigrant mothers and their American daughters, but her books speak to larger issues that anyone can relate to. In this lesson you'll get an introduction to Tan, her most famous book, and a few of her other novels.
6. Elie Wiesel's Night: Summary, History & Quotes
The Holocaust of World War II was one of the darkest times in recent history. In this lesson, you'll get an overview of one of the most famous Holocaust memoirs, along with the historical context and some biographical highlights of the author, Elie Wiesel.
7. Ian McEwan Novels: Saturday and Atonement
In this lesson, you'll hit the highlights of two important novels by British writer Ian McEwan. You'll learn what happens in the books, who the main characters are, and which big ideas McEwan develops.
8. The Kite Runner: Summary, Characters & Themes
The Kite Runner is a contemporary novel set in Afghanistan that has drawn equal amounts of praise and controversy. In this lesson, you'll learn about the main characters, the main ideas, and get a summary of the crucial events.
9. Kurt Vonnegut: Biography, Works & Quotes
Kurt Vonnegut's books are counted among the greatest novels ever written. In this lesson, you'll learn about the interesting life Vonnegut lived, and you'll be exposed to some of the big ideas in his most famous books.
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Other chapters within the 9th Grade English: Homeschool Curriculum course
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- American Novelists - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- American Short Story Authors - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ancient Literature - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- British Fiction Writers - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
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- Dramatic Works - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Poetry Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- Literary Terms - Definitions & Examples: Homeschool Curriculum
- Text Analysis and Close Reading - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Introduction to High School Writing - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Types of Essay - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Writing Process - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Writing Conventions - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Using Source Materials - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Common Usage Errors - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Preventing Capitalization & Spelling Errors: Homeschool Curriculum
- Elements of Grammar - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Punctuation in Writing - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum