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Start by locating the title of the novel you wish to study. All titles are printed in bold letters. By clicking on one of the links which follow, you will be taken to information that is described underneath each link. This information will help you to understand the novel you are reading. If you have further questions, ask either Mrs. Pafitis or Mr. Munshine in the Study Center (Room 210).

NOTE 1- To make finding works easier, all titles starting with The, A, and An leave those words out and are listed alphabetically by the next word in the title.

NOTE 2 - If you DON'T find a title here, look for it by clicking the Non-fiction or Plays tab above. It may not be a novel.

NOTE 3 - You will NOT find detailed summaries of works at this site. Read the books! The purpose here is to provide you with

additional materials to help you to understand the works better.

NOTE 4 - School computers may not have sound capabilities. If you need to access a site with sound, do it from your home computer.

NOTE 5 - At the bottom of the page, you will find  a search engine just like the one on our high school's homepage. Use it to get further information about these works or any other books, authors, or topics that are covered on the rest of this web site.

REQUESTS AND SUGGESTIONS - If you want us to add information about a specific book or story or poem or other English topic, such as grammar, send that suggestion by email to hmunshine@greatneck.k12.ny.us .

1984 by George Orwell

       

                              Big Brother

       The entire book online

       Here you will be able to read Orwell's novel entirely.

       Movie Trailer

       Watch and listen to the trailer for the movie version of the novel.

       Was Orwell wrong?

       This is an essay that argues that Orwell's vision of the future was wrong. Do you agree?

       Orwell today

       From this site, one can access articles dealing with why Orwell wrote the novel about a dystopia of the future,

       as well as discussions comparing Orwell's vision to the modern world.

       Original New York Times book review

       Read the newspaper's first review of the novel on June 12, 1949.

       Lyrics

       Read David Bowie's lyrics to his song about 1984, the fearful, unpleasant world of the future.

       Doubleplusgood

       Here you have the lyrics to a Eurythmics song about Doublespeak, from the novel.

       The comic project

       Download comics of the novel.

       Orwell's handwriting

       View part of the book in the author's manuscript.

       American Newspeak

       This site presents several examples of the way our politicians and others mangle the English language so that

       others can't understand what they are really saying.

       Vocabulary from the book

       Scroll down a few inches and you will find 125 SAT-level words to learn. Just look up the meanings and study.

 

Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (aka Samuel Langhorn Clemens)

                                                 

      The entire book online

       Here you will be able to read Twain's novel entirely (if you can't get to your paper copy).

       Study guide

       This guide has data about the novel's:

  • setting (time and place)
  • point of view
  • vocabulary
  • turning point
  • irony
  • satire
  • characters

       Character sketches and more

       The most useful pages here are p. 2 (character sketches), p. 8 (vocabulary), and p. 10 (a discussion of

       stereotypes).

Animal Farm by George Orwell

                        

       The entire book online

       Just click on the links to the right on this site page and you can read the whole book on-screen.

       Chapter Questions

       Open this site and click on each chapter number to access the 10 questions fro that chapter. Class ER1: These are your

       homework questions for this book.

       Characters and commandments

       The following PowerPoint presentation gives information about the characters in the novel as well as what happens to

        the seven original commandments.

       

       The novel and the Russian Revolution

       This site presents a chart showing a comparison between characters and events from the novel and

       corresponding people and events of the Russian Revolution.    

       Character studies

       This site explores the characters, places, and things in Orwell's novel.

       Orwell's Times

       Here you can read about the historical times in which George Orwell lived and wrote, and see the effects of

       those times on his writing of this novel.

       Orwell's life and work

       Learn here about George Orwell's novels, working life and journalism career, and his private life.

       Vocabulary

       There are 75 SAT-level vocabulary words to learn at this site.

Anthem by Ayn Rand

                                                     

       Read the entire novel online

       Just select the text chapter by chapter - and read it!

       Novel with author's introduction

       There is also a Publisher's Preface here.

       Study guide

       Here there is a brief synopsis written by a teacher together with commentary on Ayn Rand's philosophy,

       Objectivism, and a short biography of her.

       Study questions

       There are questions for each chapter of the novel at this site.

       Essay-writing contests

       At this site, learn about the annual essay contests run by the Ayn Rand Institute for students.

       A study guide for the Signet edition of the book

       You will find a great deal of useful information for studying the novel here.

       The movie trailer

        Actually, this is a very good class project presenting what looks like a coming attraction to a movie based on

        Rand's novel of the future dystopia.

Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

                                                                              

       Praises and Criticisms of the novel

       Read what critics think about Salinger's most famous work.

       Study guide

       Here you will find character sketches, themes of the book, information about the setting, and important

       issues that the book raises.

       Comic Review, Part 1

       Comic Review, Part 2

       The two links above present a review of this novel. Use them AFTER you've finished the book, to review for

       a test or an essay exam. They won't make sense unless you've read the whole book.

       Vocabulary

       This site offers a list of vocabulary words from this novel, arranged by chapters.

       Holden's Manhattan

       Here you will find a map of those areas in Manhattan that are mentioned in the book, as well as pertinent

       photos.

       First appearance of Holden Caulfield

       The protagonist of the novel first appeared in writing 10 years before the novel was published. Get the story

       at this site.

       Guns N' Roses sings Catcher in the Rye

       What does this song have to do with Salinger's novel? No, really - what?

       Slide show

       This is a well-done slide show highlighting the themes and motifs of the novel.

       River Phoenix

       View a slide show tribute to the late actor River Phoenix, using quotations from The Catcher in the Rye.

Chosen by Chaim Potok

             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Chaim Potok lectures

         

       The author speaks

      Potok writes about his background and how it affected his books; see the section on The Chosen.

               Why Potok wrote The Chosen                                                                                                                         

       Read an analysis of the book and its origins.

       Review

       Here is a review of the book as well as discussion questions to contemplate.

       Hasidic Jews

       This is an article about the Hasidic Jews, a segment of Judaism that plays a vital role in this novel.

       Meanings of some Jewish terms

       Learn the difference between a latke and a matzoh.

Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

            

       Listen to the story

       Click on the link to any one of the 16 Parts and you will hear the entire story read aloud (and occasionally

       acted out). This site is presented by Ohio University and used RealPlayer (a free download if you need it).

       Read the whole story

       Accomplish this by clicking on the icon of the dark red book when this site's first screen appears.

       Notes on the story

       Here you will find a brief summary as well as information on the characters and the symbols, as well as

       study questions and quotations.

       Script of the version Dickens read to the public: 1868

       At this site, you will find a quasi-play version of the story prepared for reading aloud by the author, who

       used to go on tours and be paid to read shortened versions of and selections from his works.

Dawn by Elie Wiesel

                                                              

       Discussion questions

       See if you understood the novel well enough to answer the approximately 20 discussion questions here.

       Publisher's teaser

       Read what the publisher has to say to make readers want to buy this book.

       Review

       Here you can read a review of the novel.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

                                                      

       Read the novel

       From this site, just click on any of the 27 chapters and read the entire novel.

       Read the novel (alternative site)

       Here, the University of Virginia makes available the entire novel with one click.

       Introduction to the novel

       Read various comments about the history and contents of the work.

       Super study guide (no summaries)

       This site covers: author information, an overview of the book, the setting, themes, characters, literary

       qualities, social sensitivity, topics for discussions, and ideas for research papers.

       Bram Stoker and vampires

       Access data about the author's life, 20 misconceptions about vampires, Dracula's origins, traits of a vampire,

       Transylvania, Van Helsing, bats and vampires, and Vlad the Impaler.

       Vlad the Impaler

       Here you have a history of the man said to be a model for Dracula and related information.

       Lecture notes from a teacher

       To get to this site, click on "Stoker, Bram," then on "The Dracula Page," then on "Lecture Notes.

       These notes cover such topics as Traditions, Structure and Design, Setting, and Fear.

       The Real Prince Dracula

        Read the details about Vladimir Tepes - if you dare!

       Study guide

       In addition to a brief summary of the novel, there is information about the characters, the author, and the

       vampire bat. Also present are true and horrifying stories about Vlad the Impaler.

       Study questions

       How many of these 28 questions about the novel can you answer? How well do you know the book?

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

                     

       Read the novel online

       Just select the chapter you wish to read.

       Study guide

       This guide contains a brief summary as well as information on the setting, characters, themes, and issues.

       Another study guide

       AOL Booknotes presents data on themes, characters, and techniques of Wharton's novel as well as ideas for

       group discussions.

       Effects of isolation

       There are various ideas and activities related to this theme of the novel.

       Vocabulary from the novel

       On this screen there is a list of vocabulary words as they appear in chronological order.

       Very strange version

       Watch this rather unusual video summary of the novel and compare it to the text. Which is more satisfying?

       Condensed version

       Here is the novel reduced to one sentence. (Please don't use this as a replacement for reading the book.)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

            

       Study guide

       This site includes a brief summary as well as research projects related to the novel.

       Interview with the author

       Watch and listen to Ray Bradbury as he talks about how he got the idea for this novel.

       Test 1 on quotations from the book                   Test 2 on quotations from the book

       See how many of the 46 questions you can get right.

       Interactive crossword puzzle on Fahrenheit 451

       How well do you know the details?

       Review quiz

       Play the game; show your knowledge.

       Jeopardy

       Play the TV game show - with questions based on the Bradbury novel.

       Homework questions

       These questions are arranged by where the answers appear in the book. You supply the answers.

       College-level questions

       Can you handle them?

       Discussion questions

       Reading groups would find these queries appropriate.

       Vocabulary from the book

       How many of these 68 words do you know? Words are arranged as they appear chronologically.

       Silent film version

       Inspired by the book, this version is a little strange at times, and accurate at others.

       Montag's escape

       Get a brief view of the protagonist's escape from the fire brigade.

       Scenes from the movie

       Don't expect any dialog. These scenes from the film are set to modern music, but if you read the book, you

       will recognize what is happening.

       Wife watches TV

       This scene shows Montag's wife Linda mesmerized by the wall television.

Farewell to Arms  by Ernest Hemingway

                        

    What the original hand-written edited first page looked like

    Get a first-hand view of how a great author edited the first page of this novel.

    First appearance in a magazine

    The first time the story appeared was in Scribner's magazine starting in May 1929.

    Real story that influenced the writing of the novel

    Find out about Hemingway's World War I experience here.

    Hemingway as an ambulance driver

    Read about his actual experiences.

    Word play in A Farewell to Arms

    This is an interesting article about the way the author plays with the words in his story.

    Similarities

    Here is an article on the various similarities between the Frederick Henry character and the author.

    Reading guide

    The publishers provide an introduction to the book as well as discussion questions.

    Existentialism in the novel

    The writer here discusses the view of a chaotic and senseless world at war presented in this story.

    Original Book review from the New York Times

    Read the September 29, 1929 review of Hemingway's latest novel as it appeared right after the book made its

    appearance. (Free registration may be a prerequisite before you can access the review.)

    Another review

    This review of the book was written in 2005, 76 years after the previous review.

    Bibliography

    For your use in writing a research paper, here is a list of books about A Farewell to Arms.

    Analysis of the book

    Peruse this detailed analysis of Hemingway's novel.

    Medical approach

    Appearing at this NYU medical site is this reaction to the medical aspects of the novel.

    Study and research questions

    These are very helpful in understanding and contemplating the issues in the book. Scroll down to the section

     "Study and Research Questions" which appear for all the books of the novel. There are also helpful essay

     suggestions.

    Review

    This review is full of praise for the novel.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

                                                     

                                                                           Mary Shelley

                                                                                                    writes the story.

       The entire book online

       Read this novel, chapter by chapter, at this site. After you get to the site, just click on the chapter you need.

       How the story was created

       Read about how a woman, her lover, and their friend were instrumental in creating this work of fiction.

       More background data

       This site provides information about events of the summer of 1816 that influenced her writing of the novel.

       Literary influences

       Find out about the works that the author read while writing the book.

       Characters in the novel

       Here are brief descriptions of the people found in Frankenstein.

       The 'birth' of the monster

       Frankenstein can be read as a tale of what happens when a man tries to create a child without a woman. It

       can, however, also be read as an account of a woman's anxieties and insecurities about her own creative and

       reproductive capabilities.

       Mary Shelley and knowledge

       This essay concerns the author's vast knowledge of material in such fields as literature, poetry, science,

       education, politics, history, and mythology.

       Allegory and theme

       Read this essay about levels of meaning of the novel.

       Vocabulary

       Several words listed in the order in which they appear are on this site page.

       Bad parenting?

       Here is an essay focusing on Dr. Frankenstein and the monster from an unusual viewpoint.

       Tour the story

       Take a look at how the novel might be analyzed.

       Questions on the story,1

       Questions on the story, 2

       No answers are provided; it's up to you to show how well you read and understand the story.

       The Prometheus connection

       This essay examines the subtitle of the book. What is the subtitle?

       Photos from various Frankenstein movies:

       Dissecting a corpse in class

       Victor frankenstein in the laboratory

       Victor and the monster

       The monster

      

Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

                                                                         

       The entire book online  

       Here you can read the whole novel, chapter by chapter, in clear type.

       Character descriptions

      This site gives you information about the  1920's as  well as character sketches.

       Themes, Images, Symbols, Allusions

       The links on this site, in addition to the above, also provide histories and significance of the characters.

       Vocabulary

       Find and study the definitions of these 31 words.

       What the 1920's were like  

       At the links found on this site, you can explore the art, cars, dance, entertainment, food and drink, music,

       geography, language, literature, sports, and photography of the novel and the time. There is also data on the

       Harlem Renaissance, Prohibition, and the travels of Tom and Daisy.         

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

                                                    

       Study guide

       This site has information on the genre that this novel belongs to as well as its theme and discussions of the

       significance of the various chapters of the book, from a teacher's point of view.

       Vocabulary

       Here is a list of vocabulary words from the book.

       Esperanza's Ideal House

       This WebQuest presents a project for building the type of house that Esperanza would love to live in.

       Lots of questions  

       This guide offers many questions, and, in addition to a discussion on the unusual nature of this book's

       structure and an author biography, considers images, metaphors, and voices used as well as themes.      

       Experience studying the book

       Watch teacher and student interviews on what they felt about working with Cisneros' novel. Understand

       why this novel has such meaning to many people.

       For Teachers

       Teachers will find this site interesting because it offers a full set of lesson plans for this book.

       The author and the book

       Here is an essay that shows why Cisneros wrote the novel.

Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

                                                         

       Study guide

       Presented at this site are links to such topics as the characters from the book, background information,

       author data, and comments on hopes and dreams.

       Vocabulary from the book

       About six inches down, you will find a list of 75 words to study.

       Review 1 and Review 2

       Here you can read a 1989 New York Times book review of Amy Tan's novel and a 1993 Washington Post

       review.

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - NOTE: This is a novel of historical fiction, not non-fiction.

           

       Official web site

       Here you can get biographical data as well as how to contact the author. ALSO, you can LISTEN to a

       series of interviews with the author on the following subjects: "Becoming a Writer," "Conditions in

       Afghanistan," "Exile," "Future Projects," "Letters from Readers," "Making Certain Character Choices,"

       "Practicing Medicine," "Using Real People and Events," and "Writing from the Female Perspective" -

       referring especially to the author's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns.

       Reading guide

       This site contains an introduction to the book as well as 19 discussion questions.

       Another reading guide

       Peruse an introduction to the book as well as 12 discussion questions and some author data.

       Characters and questions

       Get brief information about the people appearing in the book. Also think about the questions at this site.

       Reviews of the book

       From this site, you can access reviews of The Kite Runner from the New York Times, the San Francisco

       Chronicle, the Asian Review of Books, the Observer, and other sources.

       Essay on the book

       Read an interesting and personal reaction to the book, called "Do I Really Have to Read It?".

       Radio interview

       Listen to National Public Radio interviewer Liane Hansen's conversation with author Khaled Hosseine as he

       talks about The Kite Runner. (You will be given the choice of using Windows Media Player or RealPlayer.)

       Professor reactions

       Present at this site is a collection of reactions to the book by college teachers.

       Vocabulary words from The Kite Runner

       These words are arranged according to when they appear in the book, chapter by chapter.

       Excerpts from the start of the book

       These excerpts come from the first two chapters.

 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

                 

       A game to play!

       To play the Lord of the Flies game, click on the arrow in the middle of the page that says PLAY. However,

       this game will make sense only if you have finished reading the book.

       Study guide

       This site offers you information on such topics as the author and his times, form and plot (but no summary),

       the structure of the book, point of view, character sketches, setting, themes, style, diction, imagery,

       symbolism, figurative language, ironic devices, tone, and memorable quotations.

       Themes and symbols

       Here you have a full discussions of the themes and symbolism of this novel. Be sure to click the link at the

       bottom of each page.

       Map of the island

       Check out this map of the island that the boys landed on after their plane crashed.

       Vocabulary

       Here are 108 words that you should get to know.

                                                                                                                                                        

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

                        

       Vocabulary, allusions, idioms in Of Mice and Men

       At this very useful site, you will find the vocabulary words from the book and their meanings, arranged two

       ways: alphabetically (click on the "Vocabulary" link in the Welcome! part of the screen) or as they appear by

       chapter (click on the green dot next to the chapter number on the left of the screen). You can also find ex-

       planations of allusions and idioms that appear.

       Vocabulary and allusions

       On this site you will find vocabulary words from the book and their meanings as well as references and

       appropriate maps.

       History of Migrant Workers

       This site explores how various groups of people have been wandering laborers in our country's history.

       Background information

       Here you will read a brief biography of the writer and see what he looked like. You will also get a better idea

       about the setting of the novel and the American dream.

       Character study and more

       If you click on this link, you will be able to read descriptions of the characters in the novel. You will also learn

       about the novel's themes, Steinbeck's technique, the setting, the point of view, and language and symbolism.

       Characters and maps

       This site presents brief details about each character and maps of the setting area.

       Putting George on trial

       Here you have an interesting activity in which George will be put on trial for having killed Lenny.

       Comic version of the story

       View a one-page comic strip presentation of the plot of Steinbeck's story, with humorous touches.

Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

                                                               

       Discussion of Santiago

       Read a detailed analysis of Santiago's motivations and characteristics. For example, why was the Yankee

       Joe DiMaggio so important to him?

       Early Criticism

       Here is a Time Magazine review of this novella from 1952, shortly after it was published.              

       Movie scene

       Click on the words Download a Quicktime movie right under the first picture at this site and you will see and

       hear a bit of Santiago's struggle with the marlin.

       Book review

       This is what one writer thinks of the book.

Ordinary People by Judith Guest

                   

       Amateur reviews of the novel

       Read what ordinary readers have to say about Ordinary People.

       Professional review

       Here a paid reviewer compares the novel and the film, and has interesting insight into the book.

       Teen review

       Do you agree with this teenaged reader's review?

       Reviews of the movie

       There are several views of the movie version of this novel; some relate to the book.

       About the author

       This article focuses on Judith Guest.

       The ironic nature of the title

       Are the characters in the novel really ordinary?

       Trivia questions

       Just be careful not to mix up the book and the film: read the book!

       Study guide

       Get background information and character sketches, as well as a brief summary.

Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

                        

       Introduction

       Read this site and get a brief introduction to the novel.

       Vocabulary from this novel

       Study words and their definitions at this site.

       Study questions

       When you review the novel, see if you can answer the questions here.

       Test

       Take this test on the novel and see what you know. Look up what you don't know.

        Hangman

       Play this game in which the words to guess have to do with the novel. (There are hints to help you.)      

       Nothing gold can stay

       Read this Robert Frost poem quoted in the novel.

       Book reviews

       Click on "List all 466 reviews for this book" and then read any review you wish by clicking on the person's

       name. Go back to the first page and click "Review This Book" on the right side and you can  write your own

       brief review and get it published online.    

Pearl by John Steinbeck

                                     

       Vocabulary

       Examine 21 words from this novel.

    Study guide-WARNING - Do NOT click on this link! It is only a                                  reminder for you to use Google at the bottom of this page to access further data on the novella.

                              Clicking on this link will freeze your computer. DON'T click on it!  Use the other links instead.

       Student comments

       Read some comments about this novel - and then add your own.

       Symbolism

       Somewhere on this page is an essay on how the pearl is a symbol in this novella.

       Reading guide

       For review, answer these questions.

       Essay on the book

       This essay serves as an analysis of the story.

       Another essay

       Read another analysis.

River Runs Through It - The webmaster has made the decision to place this book in the category

                                                        of autobiography. To get to the associated links, click on the sub-tab

                                                       above labeled "Non-fiction" also under "Literature"

Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

                  

       Reading group questions

       On this site are 11 discussion questions together with quotations of criticism.

       Reviews

       Read snippets of many reviews of this novel.

       Interview with the author

       Be sure to scroll down to read the interview with Sue Monk Kidd and what she says about her novel.

       Read the first chapter

       ABC News gives you an excerpt of The Secret Life of Bees to read and enjoy.

       A teen review

       Here is what another teenager had to say about the book.

       Hear part of the story

       Click on "Listen to a Sample" in the middle of the screen and you will hear an actress playing Lily reading

       about 20 minutes of a monolog from the novel.

       Honeybees and Beekeeping

       This is a fantastic site that tells you everything you wanted to know about keeping bees; there are great

       illustrations.

       Memorable passages

       Be sure to read the list of memorable passages half-way down.

       Analysis

       The book's features, such as irony, symbolism, structure, and characterization are discussed.

Separate Peace by John Knowles

                              

       Home Page for A Separate Peace

      This site was produced by people at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, the private school which

       was the inspiration for the setting of Knowles' novel. He attended the school, and some of his experiences

       are written about on this site. Also here are photos reflecting the "moods and setting of the novel," a page

       from the original manuscript of the book - showing the author's editing efforts, and other features.

       Study guide

       From the Bellmore-Merrick school system comes this guide, which includes data about the book's setting,

       background, major characters, themes, a very brief summary (which will not replace the reading of the

       book), and key issues. It will be a very helpful assistant in your final review.

       Life in the U. S. during WW II

       Use the various links at this ThinkQuest site to learn about life in America while World War II was being

       fought. There is a timeline of events as well as posters, typical family life, a museum displaying items of the

       time (in such categories as Communications, Civil Defense, Entertainment, Victory Garden, Memorabilia,

       Toys, Fashion) - and more. The story, of course, is set during this time.

       Posters from the early 1940's

       View how posters represented the moods and concerns of the nation at the time the story is set.

       Vocabulary from the book

       Listed in the dull yellow box on this site are 73 SAT-level words from the novel for you to learn.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

                                                                        

       Study guide

       Read the poem from which Achebe took the title of this novel, and then check the study questions for each

       chapter. There are also references to the meanings of Igbo words and names used as well as a discussion

       of what makes a classical tragic hero. Then you can see if Okonkwo can be called a tragic hero.

       Another guide

       Gather information about Okonkwo's flaws, his society, and the characters in the book, all interwoven

       among many discussion questions.

       Achebe and missionaries

       The writer of this article discusses how Achebe handles the interaction between villagers and missionaries.

       Analysis of Okonkwo

       Here you have an examination of the character of the protagonist of the novel in the context of his society.

       Study information

       DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK: IT WILL FREEZE YOUR COMPUTER

       Instead, copy and paste the following URL to access detailed information about the characters in the novel,

       maps, and a T-chart on Okonkwo's strengths and weaknesses:

       http://www.teachit.co.uk/pdf/1569.pdf#search=%22Things%20Fall%20Apart%2BAchebe%22

       Things Fall Apart and Feminist criticism

       That is the title of the article at this site; it is a view of the novel as seen through the eyes of one woman.

       Village of Umuofia

       At this site, you can role-play as if you were a villager, you can look at a "map" of Umuofia, and you can do

       other things related to the book's setting.

       Achebe writes about the role of the African author

       Learn how Things Fall Apart reflects Achebe's vision of what should be the main theme of African authors.

       What were the influences on Achebe to write this novel?

       At this site view a diagram that show these influences.

       Igbo (Ibo) Information chart

       From this chart, get data regarding the Igbo location, population, history, economy, and types of art.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

                                                                                

       Vocabulary, allusions, and idioms in To Kill a Mockingbird

       At this very useful site, you will find the vocabulary words from the book and their meanings, arranged two

       ways: alphabetically (click on the "Vocabulary" link in the green section of the screen) or as they appear by

       chapter (click on the green dot next to the chapter number on the left of the screen). You can also find ex-

       planations of allusions and idioms that appear.

       Study guide

       Here you will find a thorough guide with details on such topics as a chronological outline of the novel,

       character sketches, themes, technique used, viewpoint, use of dialog, language, structure, stereotyping,

       attitudes, implied meaning, use of the n-word. There are also chapter-by-chapter questions and sample

       exam questions.

       Study questions

       Test your knowledge of the book, chapter by chapter.

       Comparisons

       These include a comparing of the author with Scout Finch, and a match-up of Tom Robinson's trial and that

        of the Scottsboro Boys.

       Tom Robinson and The Scottsboro Trial

       This web site shows similarities between the "Scottsboro Trial" and Tom Robinson's trial, as well as a

       description of the way life was at the time and place that the novel is set.

       1930's information

       Included are a 1930's scrapbook, information about prejudice in that decade, and a link to its MP3 music.

       Poem

       Read this poem about a mockingbird by Walt Whitman

       Brief movie version

       Watch this short visually attractive "film" of the story and listen to the pleasing songs accompanying it.

       Watch a Lego version

       View a movie of the story made with Lego blocks. Is this worth it? You decide. (It is rather silly - but anyone

       who has finished reading the book might appreciate it.)

       Not the movie trailer

       This is an amateur version combining the actual movie trailer with interpretations of parts of the story. See

       if you can guess what is happening in different scenes. Certainly the music is dramatic.

       How to kill a mockingbird

       If you want to know how a report on this book by a student who obviously read only a few pages would

       sound, watch this humorous and sometimes silly presentation. Then you'll know what a teacher reading

       a literature full of hot air feels like. By the way, it comes from Stanford University's web site.

       REVIEW

       Watch this PowerPoint presentation to get data on the characters and the author of this novel.

       

Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

                                           

 

       The entire novel with illustrations

       You can read the entire novel at this site. In addition, there are beautiful color illustrations, such as one

       showing Jody with his flutter-mill and one portraying the fight with old Slewfoot, the giant bear.

       Study guide

       In this guide, you can find information about the author and the setting of this novel as well as background

       information about sets of chapters. There are also vocabulary words culled from the book and questions to

       consider. Just cover the first 18 screen pages, and scroll down freely.

       Deer of Florida

       Read about the prevalent types of deer found in Florida, the site of The Yearling.

       Quiz on the book

       Take this short answer quiz on the novel and then see how you did.

       Test your knowledge

       Can you name three themes of this book or name the enemies of the Baxters?

       The creator of The Yearling left a treasure.

       What treasure did she leave? Read this article and find out.


Bonus Section: etexts

Dickens, Charles: Novels / Novellas that you can read online:

A Christmas Carol                            A Tale of Two Cities                   Bleak House

David Copperfield                            Dombey and Son                        Great Expectations

Hard Times                                       Nicholas Nickleby                       Oliver Twist

Twain, Mark: Novels and Non-Fiction books that you can read online:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court             Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Innocents Abroad  (non-fiction)                                      Life on the Mississippi  (n-f)

The Prince and the Pauper                                                Tom Sawyer, Detective

AUDIO BOOKS

At the following site, you can access audio books in MP3 format. They are all legal to copy and listen to because they are classics and are not subject to copyright law.

Among the books you can listen to are: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, White Fang, The Prisoner of Zenda, War of the Worlds, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Swiss Family Robinson, Call of the Wild, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, Shakespeare's Sonnets, The Heart of Darkness, Romeo and Juliet, Emma, The Wind in the Willows, The Invisible Man, The Secret Garden, The Red Badge of Courage, Around the World in 80 Days, The Death of Ivan Ilych, A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, Robinson Crusoe, The Scarlet Letter, Frankenstein, Heidi, The Picture of Dorian Grey, and many, many short stories. Here is the site to access:

Free Audio Books
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