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Review of Literature . 9 th -11 th grade. 9 th grade literature. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Other: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang The Pearl by John Steinbeck . Of Mice and Men. Author: John Steinbeck

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review of literature

Review of Literature

9th-11th grade

9 th grade literature
9th grade literature
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Other:
    • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
    • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
of mice and men
Of Mice and Men
  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • Setting: 1930s, South of Soledad, California
  • Narrator: 3rd person omniscient
  • Symbols:
    • George and Lennie’s Farm: American Dream; land and independence
    • Rabbits: Innocence
    • Candy’s Dog: Quality of life; acts of mercy and kindness
important characters in omm
Important Characters in OMM
  • Lennie Smalls: huge man; migrant worker; mild mental disability; doesn’t understand his own strength; dependent on George; innocent; hopeful
  • George: small in size; defined features; migrant worker; intelligent; caregiver to Lennie; shares the dream with Lennie, but gets frustrated with him
other characters in omm
Other characters in OMM
  • Candy: old swamper; dog is his companion
  • Curley: boss’s son; mean spirited, jealous, untrusting of his wife
  • Curley’s wife: attractive, red dress, flirtatious, source of trouble, dreams of being a movie star
themes in omm
Themes in OMM
  • Broken Plans/dreams
  • The American Dream
  • Male Friendship
  • Weakness vs. Strength
  • The portrayal of women
  • Loneliness
to kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Literary Element Review

notes
Notes
  • Author: Harper Lee
  • Point of View: First-person; Scout Finch
  • Setting:
    • Time: 1930’s
    • Maycomb, Alabama
    • Mood: lighthearted, humorous, reflective
    • Atmosphere:
      • Great Depression
      • Small town
      • discrimination
theme
Theme
  • The Coexistence of Good and Evil
    • Mrs. Dubose
    • Aunt Alexandra
    • Boo Radley
    • Walter Cunningham Senior
    • Jury
theme1
Theme
  • The Importance of Moral Education
    • Atticus – seeing from other’s perspectives; equality; nonviolence
    • Miss Maudie –respect for all people
    • Calpurnia
theme2
Theme
  • The Existence of Social Inequality
    • Tom Robinson’s trial
    • Finches – Cunninghams – Ewells – Black community
theme3
Theme
  • The Destruction of Innocence
    • Miss Maudie
    • Mayella
    • Tom Robinson
    • Jem
    • Scout
theme4
Theme
  • Courage is doing what is right even when the odds of succeeding are poor
    • Mrs. Dubose beating her addiction
    • Atticus with the trial
theme5
Theme
  • Prejudice and superstition leading to injustice
    • Tom being found guilty when innocent
    • Boo Radley
symbols in tkam
Symbols in TKAM
  • Mockingbirds: innocence/loss of innocence
10 th grade literature
10th grade literature
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Other:
  • After the First Death by Robert Cormier
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
romeo and juliet
Romeo and Juliet
  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Play/Drama/Tragedy
  • Setting: 1500s; Verona, Italy; Two children from feuding families fall in love
important characters
Important Characters
  • Romeo: Impulsive; Impetuous; quick to fall in love; emotional; fails to think things through meaningfully
  • Juliet: 13 years old; initially obedient and bending to her parents’ will; grows to be willful, independent; quick to fall in love
other characters
Other characters
  • Montague's
    • Romeo
    • Benvolio
    • Lady M
    • Montague
  • Capulet’s
    • Juliet
    • Parents
    • Tybalt
    • Nurse
themes
Themes
  • Young Love
  • Fate
  • Haste/Impulsivity
  • Decisions
conflicts
Conflicts
  • Man vs. Man: Montagues vs. Capulets
  • Man vs. Man: Romeo vs. Tybalt
lord of the flies
Lord of the Flies
  • Author: William Golding
  • Point of View: 3rd person omniscient
  • Setting: 1940s during a fictional war; deserted island; a group of British school boys are evacuated during war and crash onto an island; left to fend for themselves
  • Allegory (metaphorical)
important characters1
Important Characters
  • Ralph: Leader, goodness, organization, order
  • Jack: Hunter, evil, chaos, disorder
  • Simon: Christ Figure; spirituality; philosophy
  • Piggy: Intelligence, logic, unaccepted
conflict
Conflict
  • Man vs. Man: Ralph vs. Jack
  • Man vs. Man: Jack vs. Piggy
  • Man vs. Man: Boys vs. Simon
themes1
Themes
  • The inherent (naturally occurring) evil in mankind
  • Good vs. evil
  • Leadership
  • Survival
  • Community vs. Individuality
11 th grade literature
11th grade literature
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
the great gatsby
The Great Gatsby
  • Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Point of View: First Person and third person (Nick Caraway)
  • Setting: 1920s; prohibition; Long Island/NYC
    • East Egg: Old money (Daisy and Tom)
    • West Egg: New money (Gatsby and Nick)
characters
Characters
  • Nick Caraway
  • Jay Gatsby
  • Tom Buchanan
  • Daisy Buchanan
  • Myrtle Wilson
  • George Wilson
  • Jordan Baker
themes2
Themes
  • The decline of the American Dream
  • The emptiness of the upper class
symbols
Symbols
  • The green light
  • Valley of ashes
  • The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg
the glass castle
The Glass Castle
  • Jeannette Walls
key facts
Key Facts
  • Published: 2005
  • Genre: Memoir
    • Autobiographical: true; written about oneself
    • Brief snapshot of a particular time period in a person’s life
    • Still has “literary” qualities (strong imagery, symbolism, plot, characters, conflicts, etc.)
  • Setting:
    • Time: 1957-2005
    • Places: Nevada, Arizona, California, West Virginia, and New York
    • Circumstances: a young girl tells her story of growing up in a dysfunctional family
key facts1
Key Facts
  • Many of the characters are real people that are still alive today.
  • Jeanette Walls: Protagonist
  • Her Parents: Rex and Rose Mary Walls: Antagonists
  • Siblings: Lori, Brian, and Maureen Walls
themes3
Themes
  • Hardship
  • Family Dynamics
  • Loyalty
  • Fearlessness
  • Shame
  • Lost Dreams
a raisin in the sun
A Raisin in the Sun
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • Setting: 19402-50s; Southside of Chicago
  • The Youngers, a working-class black family, struggle against economic hardship and racial prejudice.
themes4
Themes
  • The value and purpose of dreams
  • The need to fight racial discrimination
  • The importance of family
characters1
Characters
  • Mama
  • Walter Lee Younger
  • Ruth
  • Beneatha
  • Travis
  • JospehAsagai
  • George Murchison
  • Karl Lindner
  • Willy Harris
  • Bobo
  • Mrs. Johnson
symbols1
Symbols
  • Mama’s Plant
  • Beneatha’s hair
speak
Speak
  • Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Point of View: first person (Melinda tells the story; diary-like; reveals her inner thoughts)
  • Structure: 4 marking periods of Melinda’s freshman year; change of seasons
  • Setting: Modern (Late 90s)
    • Syracuse, NY at Merryweather High School
characters2
Characters
  • Melinda
  • Her parents
  • Rachel
  • Andy Evans/”It”/Andy Beast
  • Mr. Freeman
  • Heather
  • Mr. Neck
  • Ivy
themes5
Themes
  • Communication
  • Personal Growth
  • Overcoming Painful Experiences
  • Artistic or Personal Expression
  • Violence against women/Agression
  • Fear
  • Depression
conflicts1
Conflicts
  • Man vs. Man: Melinda vs. Andy Evans
  • Man vs. Self: Melinda vs. Self
symbolism
Symbolism
  • Seasons: Personal changes
    • Fall: Dying/turning inward/Losing oneself
    • Winter: Death/frozen/isolation/desolation
    • Spring: healing/rebirth
  • Tree: Growth; life; overcoming pain
    • Art
    • Tree in her yard=pruning=healing