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Ch 3: American Short Stories for 9th Grade: Help and Review

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The American Short Stories for 9th Grade chapter of this 9th Grade English Help and Review course is the simplest way to learn about American short stories for 9th grade. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of American short stories for 9th grade.

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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the American short stories for 9th grade chapter exam.

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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an American short stories unit of a standard 9th grade English course. Topics covered include:

  • Edgar Allan Poe's biography and works
  • Washington Irving's biography and works
  • The Scarlet Ibis
  • Hills Like White Elephants
  • The Most Dangerous Game

29 Lessons in Chapter 3: American Short Stories for 9th Grade: Help and Review
Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

1. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery story. Through his works, like 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' Poe reflected the characteristics of Dark Romanticism by creating horrific storylines and characters while exploring the dark, irrational depths of the human mind.

Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

2. Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

This video explores Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado,' a Dark Romantic short story that illustrates the horrors of evil. By breaking down the elements of plot, we can see that Poe's intentional selection of details in the story create his 'unity of effect.'

Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style

3. Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style

This video introduces Washington Irving, the father of American literature. Through his works, like 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' Irving developed a sophisticated yet satirical style while helping establish the American identity.

Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

4. Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

Everyone loves a scary story now and then. Learn how Washington Irving's famous story, ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,'' uses imagination and the supernatural to make it a Romantic piece of American literature that is still adapted by television today.

Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

5. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

The story of 'Rip Van Winkle' is one of enchantments and escape. In this lesson, we look at how Washington Irving uses his words and Romantic characteristics to create the story's theme.

The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving: Summary and Analysis

6. The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving: Summary and Analysis

Romantic literature, such as 'The Devil and Tom Walker,' often references the supernatural. In this lesson, we learn how Washington Irving uses an allegory with symbols to create a moral tale about greed while incorporating the supernatural theme.

The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes

7. The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes

Adventure stories hook the reader with fast-paced tales of danger. In this lesson, you'll learn more about a classic adventure story involving a ruthless hunter and the deadly island where he lives.

The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting & Themes

8. The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting & Themes

This story is a dark and beautiful tale of brotherly love. In this lesson you'll learn the major events and ideas in the story and how the setting makes it both sad and lovely.

Hills Like White Elephants and Other Hemingway Stories

9. Hills Like White Elephants and Other Hemingway Stories

Ernest Hemingway won the highest awards for literature that a writer can win. His story, 'Hills Like White Elephants,' is probably the most famous example of his distinctive writing style. In this lesson you'll learn about this story and what made Hemingway's approach so successful.

A & P by John Updike: Setting & Character Analysis

10. A & P by John Updike: Setting & Character Analysis

You may never have been in an A&P store, and you might not have even read Updike's short story of the same name. You can learn more about both, though, in this lesson where you'll find info on the story's setting and an analysis of its main character.

A & P by John Updike: Theme & Symbolism

11. A & P by John Updike: Theme & Symbolism

Come explore the aisles of John Updike's 'A&P' in this lesson, where you can check-out an analysis of the story's theme and symbolism and learn about the hefty price we sometimes have to pay for a clear conscience.

Bret Harte: Biography, Books & Short Stories

12. Bret Harte: Biography, Books & Short Stories

Author Bret Harte captured an key moment in American history with his stories about the California Gold Rush. This lesson explores his life, works and contribution to American literature.

Characters in The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

13. Characters in The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

You might think your family's crazy, but you probably haven't met the Hadleys yet. Come get acquainted with the whole disconnected crew in this lesson on the characters found in Bradbury's 'The Veldt.'

Montresor in The Cask of Amontillado: Character Analysis & Overview

14. Montresor in The Cask of Amontillado: Character Analysis & Overview

Montresor is the murderous, vengeful narrator in Edgar Allan Poe's short story, 'The Cask of Amontillado.' In this lesson, you'll analyze this complex character, and you'll have the chance to test your understanding with a quiz.

Pam Munoz Ryan: Biography, Books & Facts

15. Pam Munoz Ryan: Biography, Books & Facts

Have you ever read the books 'Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride' or 'Mice and Beans?' How about 'Esperanza Rising' or 'Riding Freedom?' In this lesson, you will learn about author Pam Muñoz Ryan and her contributions to children's literature.

The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Summary, Analysis & Symbolism

16. The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Summary, Analysis & Symbolism

Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Birthmark', published in 1843, is the story of a scientist who is obsessed with removing a birthmark from his wife's cheek. This lesson will look at the themes of obsessive love and the conflict between science and nature.

Langston Hughes' Thank You, Ma'am: Theme, Summary & Analysis

17. Langston Hughes' Thank You, Ma'am: Theme, Summary & Analysis

Read a summary of Langston Hughes' short story, 'Thank You, Ma'am', a snapshot of African American life in the 1950s. Explore some of its main literary themes, and then test your own understanding of the story with a short quiz.

Langston Hughes' Thank You, Ma'am: Setting, Characters & Quotes

18. Langston Hughes' Thank You, Ma'am: Setting, Characters & Quotes

Learn about Langston Hughes' short story 'Thank You Ma'am' in this lesson. We will discuss the setting, the characters, and what the dialogue reveals about both aspects of the story. After the lesson, take a brief quiz.

Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder: Summary, Theme & Analysis

19. Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder: Summary, Theme & Analysis

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury is best known for such books as ''Fahrenheit 451'', but he was also a great short story writer. One of his most famous short stories is 'A Sound of Thunder,' about traveling back in time. Read on to find out more about this story!

Bradbury's Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed: Summary & Overview

20. Bradbury's Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed: Summary & Overview

In Ray Bradbury's ''Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed'', Harry Bittering struggles with what it means to be an Earthling on Martian soil, until his homesickness takes a surprising turn.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: Summary & Analysis

21. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: Summary & Analysis

'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson, a twisted tale of village culture, has been thrilling audiences for three generations. In this lesson, we'll review this classic short story from 1948 and analyze the thematic elements.

By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benet: Summary, Theme & Analysis

22. By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benet: Summary, Theme & Analysis

This lesson provides a summary and analysis of Stephen Vincent Benet's 'By the Waters of Babylon.' The story focuses on the dangers of knowledge that is obtained too quickly.

The Lady or the Tiger Themes

23. The Lady or the Tiger Themes

'The Lady, or the Tiger?' is a classic of the short story genre. In this lesson, we explore some of its themes including consequence of action, limits of love, randomness of life, and human assumption.

Teaching The Scarlet Ibis

24. Teaching The Scarlet Ibis

This lesson discusses the story The Scarlet Ibis. It introduces the main characters and summarizes key points from the story. It also discusses how those events can be used to teach students various concepts.

Figurative Language in The Most Dangerous Game

25. Figurative Language in The Most Dangerous Game

This lesson discusses definitions of relevant figurative language devices and explains how each of them are used in Richard Connell's classic 1924 short story 'The Most Dangerous Game.'

Personification in The Most Dangerous Game

26. Personification in The Most Dangerous Game

This lesson defines and offers examples of a literary device called personification, and then explains how Richard Connell uses this device in his famous 1924 short story The Most Dangerous Game.

Personification in The Scarlet Ibis

27. Personification in The Scarlet Ibis

Personification is a literary device that lends human qualities to objects, ideas, and animals. In this lesson, the use of personification in 'The Scarlet Ibis,' by James Hurst, will be discussed.

Personification in The Pearl

28. Personification in The Pearl

In this lesson, we will explore John Steinbeck's use of personification in ''The Pearl''. Generally, Steinbeck uses personification to describe the mood and the setting.

The Summer People by Shirley Jackson: Analysis & Summary

29. The Summer People by Shirley Jackson: Analysis & Summary

'The Summer People' is a rather creepy and mysterious short story by author Shirley Jackson. A New York City couple encounter sinister resistance when they decide to stay at their summer cottage past Labor Day.

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