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Ch 2: American Novels for 9th Grade: Tutoring Solution

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The American Novels chapter of this 9th Grade English Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about great American novels. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the topics involving the American novel required in a typical 9th grade English course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other 9th grade English work.
  • Identify the American novel concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our 9th grade English tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about American novels and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding the work of Herman Melville, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain or any other American novel topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their English learning
  • Prefer learning English visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their American novel unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in 9th grade English
  • Don't have access to their English teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning about American novels simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live 9th grade English tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn about American novels on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the life and works of Ernest Hemingway.
  • Take a look at the works and style of Mark Twain.
  • Examine The Grapes of Wrath and other works by Jon Steinbeck.
  • Provide a summary and analysis for Herman Melville's, Moby Dick.
  • Read and analyze To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Discuss the biography and major novels of Edith Wharton.

24 Lessons in Chapter 2: American Novels for 9th Grade: Tutoring Solution
Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Summary, Analysis and Quotes

8. 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.'

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.

All Quiet on the Western Front: Summary and Themes

10. 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.

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.

David Copperfield: Character Analysis & Overview

12. David Copperfield: Character Analysis & Overview

This article discusses characters and plot points in Charles Dickens's novel, 'David Copperfield'. It also analyzes themes found within the novel. Read the lesson, and take the quiz!

E.B. White: Biography, Facts, Books, Essays & Poems

13. E.B. White: Biography, Facts, Books, Essays & Poems

E.B. White was a 20th century children's book author who created characters that still captivate young people today. Continue reading to learn more about E.B. White, his children's books and his other writing.

Edgar Rice Burroughs: Books & Biography

14. Edgar Rice Burroughs: Books & Biography

You might be familiar with John Carter, or certainly with Tarzan, but how much do you know about the pencil sharpener salesman who brought them to life? Learn about Edgar Rice Burroughs, including his books and many odd jobs, in this lesson on his adventure-filled life and work!

Jack London: Biography, Books & Short Stories

15. Jack London: Biography, Books & Short Stories

From the frozen tundra to glistening beaches, the stories of Jack London can take you just about anywhere you'd want to go. Learn more about this adventurous author and his work in this lesson.

Jeff Kinney: Biography, Facts & Books

16. Jeff Kinney: Biography, Facts & Books

You've probably heard of the hit book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but how much do you know about its author? In this lesson, you will learn about Jeff Kinney and how he got started writing his bestselling series.

Number the Stars: Summary, Characters & Setting

17. Number the Stars: Summary, Characters & Setting

Lois Lowry's Newberry Award-winning children's novel Number the Stars is a well-known story about a young girl's experiences in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. This lesson will introduce you to the plot and characters and finish with a quiz to test your knowledge.

The Catcher in the Rye: Characters, Themes & Symbols

18. The Catcher in the Rye: Characters, Themes & Symbols

~'Catcher in the Rye~', written by J.D. Salinger, is the story of Holden Caulfield's struggle with depression following the death of his brother. This lesson will explore the characters, as well as some themes and symbols in the novel.

The Red Badge of Courage: Summary, Characters & Setting

19. The Red Badge of Courage: Summary, Characters & Setting

'The Red Badge of Courage' by Stephen Crane is a story of one soldier's thoughts and emotions during two days of brutal fighting during the Civil War. This lesson covers the summary, characters, and setting of that novel.

Tuck Everlasting: Summary, Characters & Author

20. Tuck Everlasting: Summary, Characters & Author

'What if you could live forever?' Natalie Babbitt explores this question in her novel, Tuck Everlasting. Read more about Babbitt, her book, and the characters that wrestle with this question.

Willa Cather's O Pioneers! - Summary & Analysis

21. Willa Cather's O Pioneers! - Summary & Analysis

This lesson reviews Willa Cather's great American novel, O Pioneers, which details the life of a Swedish American pioneer family, their trials, and eventual paths. Get a summary and analysis of the novel, then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Zane Grey: Biography & Books

22. Zane Grey: Biography & Books

Zane Grey was a popular American author renowned for his vivid western novels and captivating articles about the great outdoors. In this lesson, you will learn how Grey got his start as a writer and his immense contributions to American literature.

Alliteration in The House on Mango Street

23. Alliteration in The House on Mango Street

Alliteration is a literary device that many authors use in their works. In this lesson, you'll learn about how Sandra Cisneros uses alliteration in her novella, ''The House on Mango Street.''

Personification in The House on Mango Street

24. Personification in The House on Mango Street

'The House on Mango Street' is a coming-of-age novel written by Sandra Cisneros. It tells the story of a young girl, named Esperanza, as she grows up in a poor Latino neighborhood in Chicago. This lesson covers how Cisneros uses personification throughout the story.

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