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Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Author Claudia Durst Johnson
ISBN-10 0313293279
Release 1996
Pages 246
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Interdisciplinary primary materials for classroom use and student research illuminate the historical and social issues of this controversial American classic.



Understanding The Call of the Wild

Understanding The Call of the Wild Author Claudia Durst Johnson
ISBN-10 0313308829
Release 2000
Pages 258
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Examines Jack London's The Call of the Wild from the Yukon Gold Rush to the animal rights issues confronting our society today.



Understanding Of Mice and Men The Red Pony and The Pearl

Understanding Of Mice and Men  The Red Pony  and The Pearl Author Claudia Durst Johnson
ISBN-10 0313299668
Release 1997-01-01
Pages 213
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An interdisciplinary collection of primary documents illuminating the historical, social, economic, and regional context of three frequently-taught Steinbeck novellas.



Understanding The Great Gatsby

Understanding The Great Gatsby Author Dalton Gross
ISBN-10 0313300976
Release 1998
Pages 177
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The only companion to The Great Gatsby to provide a rich collection of primary documents that illuminates its historical, social and cultural context.



Understanding A Tale of Two Cities

Understanding A Tale of Two Cities Author George Newlin
ISBN-10 0313299390
Release 1998-01-01
Pages 252
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Examines this novel and provides commentary on its political, social, and historical implications.



Understanding the Scarlet Letter

Understanding the Scarlet Letter Author Claudia Durst Johnson
ISBN-10 0313293287
Release 1995-01-01
Pages 228
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Gathers historical documents that illustrate Puritan and nineteenth-century attitudes, and shares contemporaneous reviews and current relevant news articles



Understanding Anne Frank s The Diary of a Young Girl

Understanding Anne Frank s The Diary of a Young Girl Author Hedda Rosner Kopf
ISBN-10 0313296073
Release 1997
Pages 272
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Discusses such topics as the diary as literature, the history of the Frank family, the plight of Holland's Jews, rescuers of Holocaust children, and Anne's childhood



Understanding Macbeth

Understanding Macbeth Author Faith Nostbakken
ISBN-10 0313296308
Release 1997
Pages 235
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A rich source of primary materials and commentary about Macbeth that illuminates the historical context and draws connections to events in the 1990s.



Understanding The Red Badge of Courage

Understanding The Red Badge of Courage Author Claudia Durst Johnson
ISBN-10 0313301220
Release 1998-01-01
Pages 209
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Primary sources explain the historical setting of the novel



Understanding A Separate Peace A Student Casebook to Issues Sources and Historical Documents

Understanding A Separate Peace  A Student Casebook to Issues  Sources  and Historical Documents Author Hallman Bryant
ISBN-10 9781573566865
Release 2001-11-30
Pages 224
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Since its publication in 1959, A Separate Peace has acquired the reputation of a minor classic of American literature. This insightful analysis helps young readers relate to the themes of disillusionment, guilt and betrayal, and the fear of failure and intergenerational conflicts experienced by the teenaged characters in the novel. This casebook also situates A Separate Peace against the backdrop of World War II, enabling students to see the connections between the fictional world of the novel and the real World as it existed for young people. Moving well beyond a standard literary treatment, this interdisciplinary casebook provides a collection of historical primary documents drawn from official records, War Department orders, institutional histories, personal memoirs and letters, and poignant interviews. With commentary by Knowles himself, the casebook takes readers from the prep school setting of the novel to the impact of wartime on American students and their schools. You're in the Army Now explores the difficult transitions through induction and military training. The Combat Zone graphically confronts the realities of war with interviews of two former P.O.W.'s who experienced firsthand the terrors and tragedies of WWII. The volume also examines some of the contemporary issues of the novel including current controversies in athletic programs, gender issues in education, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Teachers and librarians will find helpful suggestions for oral discussion, research projects, and further suggested readings on these important topics.



Understanding Things Fall Apart A Student Casebook to Issues Sources and Historical Documents

Understanding Things Fall Apart  A Student Casebook to Issues  Sources  and Historical Documents Author Kalu Ogbaa
ISBN-10 9781573566674
Release 1999-01-30
Pages 256
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Things Fall Apart is the most widely read and influential African novel. Published in 1958, it has sold more than eight million copies and been translated into fifty languages. African culture is not familiar to most American readers however, and this casebook provides a wealth of commentary and original materials that place the novel in its historical, social, and cultural contexts. Ogbaa, an Igbo scholar, has selected a wide variety of historical and firsthand accounts of Igbo history and cultural heritage. These accounts illuminate the historical context and issues relating to the colonization of Africa by European powers, in particular Britain's colonization of Nigeria. Fascinating materials bring to light the novel's cultural context—folkways, language and narrative customs, and traditional Igbo religion. Among the documents included are a slave narrative, interviews, journal and magazine articles, and historical essays. Each chapter is followed by questions for class discussion and ideas for student paper topics. A selection of maps and photos of Igbo culture complement the text. Following a literary analysis, historical documents trace the European powers' partition of Africa and the creation and colonization of Nigeria, home of the Igbo people. Several chapters on Igbo cultural harmony feature materials that explain the Igbo view of the world of humans and the world of the spirits, Igbo language, and traditional Igbo religion and material customs. Selections on the African novelists' novel place Things Fall Apart in the context of African literature and emphasize the difference between African and Western elements of fiction. A concluding chapter examines the debate on writing African novels in ex-colonizers' languages. This casebook will greatly enhance the reader's appreciation of the novel and understanding of Igbo history, society, culture, and civilization.



Understanding Lord of the Flies A Student Casebook to Issues Sources and Historical Documents

Understanding Lord of the Flies  A Student Casebook to Issues  Sources  and Historical Documents Author Kirstin Olsen
ISBN-10 9781573566766
Release 2000-05-30
Pages 232
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A seemingly simple tale of schoolboys marooned on an island, Lord of the Flies has proven to be one of the most enigmatic and provocative pieces of literature ever published. This casebook probes the many layers of meaning in the novel, examining its literary, philosophical, historical, scientific, and religious significance. Beginning with a literary analysis that explores the universality of the novel's characters, the story is considered as subversion of the adventure tale, comparing it to such classics as Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe. From these literary depictions of savagery, this study delves deeper, confronting the long-running philosophical and biological debates about human nature that have absorbed such influential thinkers as Rousseau and Darwin. The full meaning of Lord of the Flies is further contextualized by tracing historical views on civilization, from the Victorian perspective, to the very real horrors of World War II. This casebook integrates analysis and primary documents, with excerpts from materials as diverse as the Bible, the writings of Darwin, and war crimes interviews, to explore the very nature of human aggression and evil. This book will spark students to consider intriguing connections between Golding's masterpiece and broader concepts of civilization, altruism, political leadership responsibilities, and the history of western imperialism. The interdisciplinary approach of this casebook helps students situate the lessons of Lord of the Flies in the context of Education, War and Postwar, the Adventure Story, Religion, and Biology and Evolution. The six topic sections integrate original illustrations and photos, literary excerpts, and primary documents and historic writings that help contextualize the work. Thought-provoking ideas for class discussions and research topics, with carefully chosen further reading suggestions enhance this volume as a teaching tool.



Understanding Jamaica Kincaid s Annie John

Understanding Jamaica Kincaid s Annie John Author Deborah E. Mistron
ISBN-10 0313302545
Release 1999-01
Pages 210
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A unique and valuable source of primary materials that will help students understand the historical, social, and cultural contexts of the novel.



Satire Or Evasion

Satire Or Evasion Author James S. Leonard
ISBN-10 0822311747
Release 1992
Pages 281
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Essays examine the racist elements of Huckleberry Finn and the extent to which they are able to turn the novel into a satirical attack on racism



Understanding A Raisin in the Sun

Understanding A Raisin in the Sun Author Lynn Domina
ISBN-10 0313303495
Release 1998-01-01
Pages 158
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Provides historical and social context for this drama through commentary by well-known black authors, editorials, government documents, and statistics.



Understanding Shakespeare s Julius Caesar

Understanding Shakespeare s Julius Caesar Author Thomas J. Derrick
ISBN-10 0313296383
Release 1998
Pages 241
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Discusses different interpretations of the cultural meanings of "Julius Caesar" based on historical reactions to the play, its language, and its symbolism.



Understanding The Crucible

Understanding The Crucible Author Claudia Durst Johnson
ISBN-10 0313301212
Release 1998
Pages 239
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Discusses the historical and social contexts of the play, and includes an analysis of its dramatic structure.