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Below is a sample breakdown of the Contemporary Fiction for 9th Grade chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The Things They Carried, the works of Barbara Kingsolver||Summary, characters and themes of Tim O'Brien's book; Barbara Kingsolver's life and books|
|Tuesday||Things Fall Apart, Cormac McCarthy's life and works||Outline and themes of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, biographical sketch of Cormac McCarthy, McCarthy's most famous works and quotes from these books|
|Wednesday||Amy Tan's novels, Elie Wiesel's novels||Summaries of The Joy Luck Club and other books by Amy Tan, overview of Elie Wiesel's work, the historical context of Wiesel's Night|
|Thursday||Saturday, Atonement, The Kite Runner||Ian McEwan and his novels, including Saturday and Atonement; the plot, theme and characters of The Kite Runner|
|Friday||The life and works of Kurt Vonnegut||Biography of Kurt Vonnegut, overview of Vonnegut's books|
1. 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.
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. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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