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Language Arts | Grades 4-8 | American Literature

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In the "American Masters" episode "Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel," we take a look a how the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Gone With the Wind" challenged the stifling Southern social order while struggling with the changing role of women in the 1930s.

Watch the full special, Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel. 57:00

VIDEO: Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

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While "Gone With the Wind" is one of the most iconic books of all time, scholars and devoted readers of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 classic novel have been arguing the book’s literary merits since its publication. While the book won the Pulitzer Prize, one of the highest literary achievements, critics take issue with her depiction of African American characters, among other elements. As you watch this outtake from "American Masters - Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel," think of your favorite books and how the literary criteria described in this video apply to them.

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The author of "Gone With the Wind" was a multidimensional rebel who grew up in the South surrounded by Civil War stories. After working as a feature writer for the Atlanta Journal in the 1920s, she began writing her famous book while bored at home with a broken ankle. Today, her iconic story has sold the most copies of any book ever, except for the Bible. As you watch this video, ask yourself, why do you think she was considered to be "ahead of her time?" Can you think of a popular modern book written by an author who seems innovative or radical in the way they think?

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As students adjust to new learning methods at home, remember that this is also a great opportunity to spend quality time with your child. Here are some tips for parents on balancing their children's screen time with other fun and educational activities.

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