Ch 8: Contemporary Literature Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Contemporary Literature chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the characters and themes of contemporary literature 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 Literature 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 Things They Carried: Summary, Characters and Themes;
Barbara Kingsolver: Biography, Books and Themes;
Things Fall Apart: Summary, Characters and Themes
Analysis of the novel on the Vietnam War;
The life and most well-known works of Barbara Kingsolver;
A look at the summary and themes of the book about an African tribesman
Tuesday Cormac McCarthy: The Road and Other Novels;
The Joy Luck Club and Other Amy Tan Novels
Biographical information and well-known books of the American author;
A synopsis of the book about Chinese immigrants and a look at Amy Tan's other works
Wednesday Elie Wiesel's Night: Summary, History and Quotes;
Ian McEwan Novels: Saturday and Atonement
Introduction and context of the historical memoir about the Holocaust;
A look at the British author's main characters and themes
Thursday The Kite Runner: Summary, Characters and Themes;
Kurt Vonnegut: Biography, Works and Themes
An analysis of the plot and major characters;
Biographical information and some of the most famous works of the satirical author
Friday Bell Hooks: Works, Style and Themes;
Chaim Potok's The Chosen: Plot, Characters and Themes
An exploration of Hooks' style and feminist theories;
A look at the early life of Potok and an analysis of some of the passages in The Chosen

5 Lessons in Chapter 8: Contemporary Literature Lesson Plans
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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.

Things Fall Apart: Summary, Characters & Themes

2. 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.

Elie Wiesel's Night: Summary, History & Quotes

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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