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Ch 3: American Short Stories for 9th Grade: Homework Help

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The American Short Stories for 9th Grade chapter of this 9th Grade English Homework Help course helps students complete their American short stories homework and earn better grades. This homework help resource uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long.

How it works:

  • Identify which concepts are covered on your American short stories homework.
  • Find videos on those topics within this chapter.
  • Watch fun videos, pausing and reviewing as needed.
  • Complete sample questions and get instant feedback.
  • Finish your American short stories homework with ease!

Topics from your homework you'll be able to complete:

  • The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Stories by Washington Irving
  • The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst
  • Short stories by Ernest Hemingway

24 Lessons in Chapter 3: American Short Stories for 9th Grade: Homework Help
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 Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury: Summary, Analysis & Theme

10. A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury: Summary, Analysis & Theme

If you were given the opportunity to travel back in time, would you go? In his short story, 'A Sound of Thunder,' Ray Bradbury explores the concept of time travel and the consequences of altering the past. This lesson contains a summary of the story, a brief analysis, and a discussion of some of the main themes.

Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara: Summary & Analysis

11. Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara: Summary & Analysis

Fate brings us all to the same place, but how we get there defines who we are. Read this summary of 'Appointment in Samarra' to see the tragic downfall of Julian English and the choices that lead him to the grave.

Damon Runyon: Biography, Short Stories & Books

12. Damon Runyon: Biography, Short Stories & Books

In this lesson we explore the life of Damon Runyon, a newspaper man turned playwright and short story writer who wrote largely about early 20th-century New York City.

Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

13. Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

We've all read short stories, such as 'A Country Doctor' by Franz Kafka or Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart.' In this lesson, you'll learn more about the characteristics of the short story and explore some noteworthy examples by American and European writers.

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser: Summary, Themes & Analysis

14. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser: Summary, Themes & Analysis

This lesson discusses Theodore Dreiser's classic American naturalist novel, Sister Carrie, as well as the concept of conspicuous consumption. Get a summary and analysis of the novel, then test your knowledge with the quiz.

Teenage Wasteland: Summary & Analysis

15. Teenage Wasteland: Summary & Analysis

This is a summary and analysis of Anne Tyler's short story, 'Teenage Wasteland.' The story focuses on the strained relationship between a teenage boy and his parents.

The Most Dangerous Game: Characters & Analysis

16. The Most Dangerous Game: Characters & Analysis

Adapted numerous times for radio and television, this 1924 short story by Richard Connell presents a terrifying look at human nature. In this lesson, you'll meet the characters and explore the positions they play in 'The Most Dangerous Game.'

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Characters & Analysis

17. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Characters & Analysis

This lesson will explore Edgar Allan Poe's short story titled 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue.' We'll look at the story and analyze its meaning, as well as the influence the work had on later writers of detective fiction.

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Characters & Analysis

18. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Characters & Analysis

In this lesson, we will study Edgar Allan Poe's short story, 'The Purloined Letter.' After a brief summary of its events, we will examine its characters. An analysis will follow, wrapped up by a short quiz.

The Story of an Hour: Theme & Symbolism

19. The Story of an Hour: Theme & Symbolism

Though Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour' can be read in a short amount of time, it's still thematically rich and full of symbolism. Keep reading to learn more about this short story's liberating theme and the symbols that represent it in this lesson!

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury: Summary & Setting

20. The Veldt by Ray Bradbury: Summary & Setting

You might've 'blessed the rains down in Africa,' but have you ever watched lions at dinnertime? Experience the mortal terror of a fantasy come to life, in this lesson exploring the plot and setting of Ray Bradbury's short story, 'The Veldt.'

The Wife of His Youth: Summary, Themes & Analysis

21. The Wife of His Youth: Summary, Themes & Analysis

Many of us might have issues with our past that we'd like to keep there, but probably none of us as much as Mr. Ryder in Charles Chesnutt's 'The Wife of His Youth.' Keep reading to get a synopsis of the story, as well as an analysis of its dramatic themes.

Hearts and Hands by O. Henry: Summary & Characters

22. Hearts and Hands by O. Henry: Summary & Characters

''Hearts and Hands'' by O. Henry is a story about two acquaintances who meet on a train. When Mr. Easton encounters Miss Fairchild, he is handcuffed to another man. One passenger on the train, however, realizes that things are not as they seem.

There Will Come Soft Rains: Theme, Setting & Symbolism

23. There Will Come Soft Rains: Theme, Setting & Symbolism

This lesson will focus on the themes, setting, and symbolism in Ray Bradbury's short story 'There Will Come Soft Rains'. Bradbury's story is a chilling tale of a post-apocalyptic world in which no humans remain.

There Will Come Soft Rains: Characters & Conflict

24. There Will Come Soft Rains: Characters & Conflict

What would the world be like if humans became extinct? Ray Bradbury depicts just such a world in ''There Will Come Soft Rains'', a short story with a rather unusual main character. This lesson focuses on both character and conflict in Bradbury's compelling story.

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