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Ch 8: American Novels for 9th Grade

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Watch video lessons and learn about great American novels of the 19th and 20th centuries. Take advantage of the brief quizzes that follow each lesson to gauge your progress.

American Novels for 9th Grade - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter's video lessons cover a few of the major American novelists and their works. You will get a look at writers including Mark Twain and John Steinbeck and explore their lives, writing styles and what makes their works relevant today. At the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • Ernest Hemingway, his style and several of his novels
  • Mark Twain's work as a regionalist writer
  • The writing style and works of John Steinbeck
  • Edith Wharton and her most important novels
  • Moby Dick and its author, Herman Melville
  • All Quiet on the Western Front

Video Objective
Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works and Style Learn about Hemingway's life and writings.
Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis Examine this novel of World War I.
The Old Man and the Sea Analyze this short Hemingway novel.
All Quiet on the Western Front Explore the themes of this wartime tale by Erich Maria Remarque.
Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer Learn about Twain's life and writings, especially how he reflected his origins and social issues.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters Examine this novel and its characters.
John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works Analyze Steinbeck's tale of a Dust Bowl-era family along with his other writings.
Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style Look at this short novel and explore its themes.
Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels Examine Wharton's life and novels.
Herman Melville: Moby Dick Summary and Analysis Explore the themes in Melville's novel.

11 Lessons in Chapter 8: American Novels for 9th Grade
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

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