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Below is a sample breakdown of the American Novels for 9th Grade chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works and Style; |
Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis;
Mark Twain: Biography, Works and Style as a Regionalist Writer
| The early years of Hemingway and an exploration of some of his most famous works; |
A synopsis of the Hemingway novel;
Mark Twain's early life and his career as a famous writer
|Tuesday|| The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters; |
John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath and Other Works
| The details and plotline of Huckleberry Finn; |
The themes of Steinbeck's most famous works
|Wednesday|| Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style; |
Herman Melville: Moby Dick Summary and Analysis
| The novel's plot, characters and themes; |
The life and major works of Herman Melville
|Thursday|| To Kill a Mockingbird: Summary, Analysis and Quotes; |
The Old Man and the Sea: Summary, Characters and Themes
| A look at the plot and characters of Harper Lee's classic novel; |
A synopsis of Hemingway's last novel
|Friday|| All Quiet on the Western Front: Summary and Themes; |
Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels
| An analysis of the classic novel; |
The early life and literary works of the Pulitzer-Prize winning author
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.'
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