Ch 18: Contemporary Fiction for 9th Grade Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Contemporary Fiction for 9th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about famous writers, their lives, and their books in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

9 Lessons in Chapter 18: Contemporary Fiction for 9th Grade Lesson Plans
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Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club & Other Novels

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.

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.

Cormac McCarthy: Biography, Novels & Quotes

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.

Elie Wiesel's Night: Summary, History & Quotes

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.

Ian McEwan Novels: Saturday and Atonement

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.

Kurt Vonnegut: Biography, Works & Quotes

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.

The Kite Runner: Summary, Characters & Themes

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.

The Things They Carried: Summary, Characters & Themes

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.

Things Fall Apart: Summary, Characters & Themes

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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