Ch 6: PARCC ELA - Grade 10: Sample Literary Texts

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Brush up on your literary analysis skills with our Sample Literary Texts chapter in preparation for taking the PARCC ELA - Grade 10 exam. Through our easy-to-use system interface, our experienced instructors can answer your questions as you study.

PARCC ELA - Grade 10: Sample Literary Texts - Chapter Summary

If you'd like to prepare for the PARCC ELA - Grade 10 exam, explore this chapter. Its engaging lessons take you through the analysis of well known literary works and movements to show you how it's done. Analyzed works include: The Glass Menagerie, Candide, and Fahrenheit 451. By the end of the chapter you will have covered:

  • Theater of the Absurd
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The works of Amy Tan
  • Macbeth
  • A Doll House
  • Song by John Donne
  • Ozymandias by Percy Shelley
  • Contemporary African American writers
  • Countee Cullen and the Harlem Renaissance

Written and video lessons are always available for review. Videos come with written transcripts to enhance lesson comprehension and interactive timelines that enable you to search by topic for a quicker review. Lesson quizzes and the practice exam will help ensure retention of important information for the test.

PARCC ELA - Grade 10: Sample Literary Texts Chapter Objectives

The annual PARCC ELA - Grade 10 test is used by several states as a way to gauge the academic achievement of 10th-grade students relative to the common core state standards. This chapter relates to portions of the exam that deal with the interpretation and analysis of literature. The questions on the computer-based test come in three basic flavors: multiple-choice, written response, and various technology-enhanced or interactive formats. Finally, there are three test sessions: Unit 1 - Literary analysis, 110 minutes; Unit - 2 Research Simulation, 110 minutes; and Unit - 3 Narrative Writing, 90 minutes.

13 Lessons in Chapter 6: PARCC ELA - Grade 10: Sample Literary Texts
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The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis

1. The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis

Tennessee Williams' first big hit, 'The Glass Menagerie,' known as the memory play, fascinated audiences for its presentation of one man's vision of his past. This lesson will go into the basic plot of this story, as well as explore the major symbols and elements of style in the play.

Theater of the Absurd: Definition & Characteristics

2. Theater of the Absurd: Definition & Characteristics

This lesson provides a brief overview of Theater of the Absurd. We will learn about the history of the movement, key writers and works, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Voltaire's Candide: Summary & Analysis

3. Voltaire's Candide: Summary & Analysis

Why is this short 18th-Century comedic novel not only an important work of literature but also one of the top-10 banned books of all time? Explore the wacky characters and shocking story line that is one of France's most recognizable contributions to world culture.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry: Summary, Theme & Analysis

4. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry: Summary, Theme & Analysis

This lesson covers O. Henry's famous short story, ''The Gift of the Magi.'' We'll cover the story's plot, analyze some of its major themes, and finish with a brief quiz.

Fahrenheit 451: Summary, Characters & Themes

5. Fahrenheit 451: Summary, Characters & Themes

During this lesson, we will learn about Ray Bradbury's dystopian science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, which is about firefighters who are tasked with burning books instead of putting out fires. We will cover the novel's plot, characters, and major themes.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Summary, Analysis and Quotes

6. To Kill a Mockingbird: Summary, Analysis and Quotes

How did a novel that deals with difficult topics like racism and rape become an American classic and a staple of high school English classes? In this lesson, we'll learn all about Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'

Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club & Other Novels

7. 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.

Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

8. Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

In this lesson, we'll follow how ambition shapes the events of Shakespeare's Scottish play, 'Macbeth'. We'll explore the plot, characters and supernatural elements that are characteristic of this play.

A Doll House by Ibsen: Summary & Analysis

9. A Doll House by Ibsen: Summary & Analysis

''A Doll House'' portrays how hard it was for women in the late 1800's to find independence from their duties as wives and mothers. In this lesson, you'll see how Ibsen's main character, Nora, decides to reject her husband and children, abandoning her family to find herself.

Song by John Donne: Summary & Analysis

10. Song by John Donne: Summary & Analysis

'Song' by John Donne might sound like an innocent piece of poetry, but it definitely touches on a sordid subject. Find out what that is in this lesson. Below, you'll explore a synopsis of the poem and see it analyzed.

Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes

11. Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes

Throughout history, great leaders have come and gone, but great poems outlast them all. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of Percy Shelley's greatest poems, 'Ozymandias.'

Contemporary African American Writers: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin

12. Contemporary African American Writers: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin

In this lesson, we will look at the role of contemporary African American writing. The focus will be on authors Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and James Baldwin.

Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage

13. Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage

The Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to everyone from W.E.B. DuBois to Ella Fitzgerald. In this lesson, we'll explore one of the movement's most iconic and resonant poems, Countee Cullen's 'Heritage.'

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