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- Provide a summary for Things They Carried.
- Discuss books written by Barbara Kingsolver.
- Analyze the characters and themes of Things Fall Apart.
- Explore the novels of Cormac McCarthy.
- Examine The Joy Luck Club and other novels by Amy Tan.
- Describe the historical context of Elie Wiesel's, Night.
- Discuss the 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.
10. Graeme Base: Biography & Books
In this lesson, you will learn about Graeme Base, a unique and talented artist and writer whose picture books for children are enjoyed by people of all ages. You will learn a bit about his background, his most famous books, and the style that makes him instantly recognized and much loved by his readers.
11. One Hundred Years of Solitude: Summary, Characters & Themes
'One Hundred Years of Solitude' follows the Buendia family through generations. Everyone in this ultra-dysfunctional family is incestuous and a bit insane, and they make even the wackiest American family seem normal. Continue to learn more...
12. Peter Temple: Biography & Books
In this lesson, we explore the works of Australian crime novelist Peter Temple, author of the famed 'Jack Irish' series. We will also explore his biography to include the numerous awards he has received for his works.
13. Who is Daisy Meadows? - Biography, Facts & Books
In this lesson, you will learn about the collective pseudonym Daisy Meadows and the Rainbow Magic series written under this name. Find out more about how series fiction is sometimes produced, and take a quiz to see what you've learned.
14. The Voyage of the Frog: Summary & Plot
Don't mistake this book for a simple story of a cute little frog. Paulesn's book The Voyage of The Frog examines deep, real life issues such as death and confidence. This lesson will bring you up to speed on the plot and some important themes in the story.
15. Gary Paulsen: Biography, Books & Facts
It's hard to believe the quantity of books written by award-winning novelist, Gary Paulsen. This lesson will give you a close look at Gary Paulsen, his books, and what makes him a power-house author.
16. Yann Martel: Biography, Books & Quotes
This lesson details the life of noted author Yann Martel, and his work, particularly his award-winning novel, Life of Pi, which has been made into a feature film. Read the lesson and take the quiz!
17. Laura Numeroff: Books & Biography
If you've ever thought about giving a mouse a cookie or a moose a muffin, you've likely read one of Laura Numeroff's famous, award-winning books. In this lesson, get to know Numeroff and what inspired her to become a best-selling author. Sorry, cookies not included.
18. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: Summary, Characters & Themes
''The Glass Castle'' is the memoir of Jeannette Walls and the story of a little girl's escape from abuse, neglect, and poverty. From Nevada and Arizona to West Virginia and eventually to New York, this book follows the tragedies and eventual triumph of the determined Jeannette and her siblings.
19. Summary of The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
The 12 short stories in The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child, by Francisco Jimenez, are about coming to the U.S. during the 1940s and 1950s. Read a summary of the book, and then test yourself.
20. And Then There Were None: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, you will read about the fictional crime novel ''And Then There Were None'' by Agatha Christie. Learn about the book's plot summary and theme analysis.
21. And Then There Were None: Characters & Quotes
Agatha Christie managed to create ten unique characters that all have something in common: each has committed a crime that has gone under the radar. In this lesson, we'll learn more about these ten people who were chosen to go to Indian Island to meet their fate in 'And Then There Were None…'
22. And Then There Were None Character Analysis
In 'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Christie, ten guests with little in common are invited to come together on an isolated island. When they arrive, they learn that they are linked by their crimes. In this lesson, we will learn more about the characters.
23. And Then There Were None: Setting & Theme
In the Agatha Christie thriller, 'And Then There Were None…', the setting of the story is as important as the characters. In this lesson, we will learn more about the setting and the theme of this story.
24. Hyperbole in The Book Thief
In ''The Book Thief'' by Markus Zusak, hyperbole is combined with metaphor to describe the intensity of Liesel's experience as a young German girl who has been separated from her parents during World War II.
25. The People of Sparks: Summary & Characters
This lesson focuses on the 2004 novel 'The People of Sparks.' We'll look at the events of the novel and the characters that populate it, as well as a recap of the previous novel to get you up to speed. Then you'll be able to test your knowledge with a quiz!
26. Touching Spirit Bear Vocabulary
''Touching Spirit Bear'' tells the story of Cole and his struggles to mature and and evolve from a hard upbringing. This lesson focuses on the vocabulary in the book.
27. The Enemy by V.S. Naipaul: Summary & Analysis
This lesson summarizes V.S Naipaul's 1955 short story ~'The Enemy.~' After learning about the plot, important events, and characters in the story, we will explore its themes of fear, abuse, and family. Then, we will analyze the story's underlying meaning connected to colonialism and identity.
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