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Ch 2: American Novelists - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum

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The American novelists unit of this 9th Grade English Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about significant novels by American authors. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our 9th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the works of prominent American novelists. There is no faster or easier way to learn about these writers. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about works by authors including Hemingway, Twain, Wharton, Steinbeck and Lee.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need an English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an American novelists unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

American Novelists Unit Objectives

  • Survey the works of Mark Twain
  • Summarize the plot of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Examine Hemingway's writing style
  • Identify themes in A Farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea
  • Analyze Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men
  • Get a synopsis of Melville's Moby Dick
  • Identify themes in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Take a look at Remarque's writing style in All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Survey the major novels of Edith Wharton, including The Age of Innocence

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: American Novelists - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
All Quiet on the Western Front: Summary and Themes

1. All Quiet on the Western Front: Summary and Themes

Erich Maria Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front' sold millions of copies worldwide. It portrays German soldiers' experiences during WWI, but many say it relates to all soldiers, describing the horrors of war, which transcend time and place.

Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

2. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.

Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis

3. Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis

Ernest Hemingway's ''A Farewell to Arms'' is considered by some critics to be the best novel written in the WWI era. Learn why readers still love this story almost a century later.

Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

4. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters

5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters

In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through a close examination of characters and plot.

John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

6. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.

Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

7. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

8. Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

''Moby Dick'' is not just a boring story about a whale. Its popularity is still strong today (guess what major coffee chain takes its name from the story) thanks to Herman Melville's raunchy jokes about sperm whales. Oh, the fact it's a great story about evil and revenge doesn't hurt either.

The Old Man and the Sea: Summary, Characters & Themes

9. The Old Man and the Sea: Summary, Characters & Themes

The Old Man and the Sea was the last novel Ernest Hemingway published before killing himself in 1961. In many ways, the novel gives us a glimpse into the award-winning author's mind as this story's events and themes connect to Hemingway's life.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Summary, Analysis and Quotes

10. To Kill a Mockingbird: Summary, Analysis and Quotes

How did a novel that deals with difficult topics like racism and rape become an American classic and a staple of high school English classes? In this lesson, we'll learn all about Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'

Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels

11. Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels

Who was Edith Wharton? Only the author of over 40 books and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In this lesson, we'll explore her life and major novels.

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