Banned or Challenged 20th-Century Classics, Grades 9–12

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn


One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn concentrates on one man, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, as he attempts to survive another day in a 1950s Soviet labor camp.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was first published in 1962. The printing of his work was stopped soon after. Many of Solzhenitsyn's works were banned in the Soviet Union for political reasons. Inn 1969, Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Writer's Union. He was accused of treason and deported from the Soviet Union in 1974.

This comprehensive literature guide for One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich includes activities for before, during, and after reading the novel. Students will become familiar with Yiddish and Russian words, examine major themes, and research Joseph Stalin and the gulag system. This guide also includes detailed study questions, quotations from the novel, discussion topics, and extended learning activities.

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