Ch 6: Contemporary Fiction - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The contemporary fiction unit of this 9th Grade English Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about late 20th century prose. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

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

9 Lessons in Chapter 6: Contemporary Fiction - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
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The Things They Carried: Summary, Characters & Themes

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.

Barbara Kingsolver: Biography, Books & Quotes

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.

Things Fall Apart: Summary, Characters & Themes

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.

Cormac McCarthy: Biography, Novels & Quotes

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.

Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club & Other 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.

Elie Wiesel's Night: Summary, History & Quotes

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.

Ian McEwan Novels: Saturday and Atonement

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.

The Kite Runner: Summary, Characters & Themes

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.

Kurt Vonnegut: Biography, Works & Quotes

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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