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Ch 8: American Prose for 10th Grade: Help and Review

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The American Prose for 10th Grade chapter of this 10th Grade English Help and Review course is the simplest way to master American prose for 10th grade. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of American prose for 10th grade.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding American prose for 10th grade
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  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about American prose for 10th grade
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  • Students who attend schools without extra English learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the American prose for 10th grade chapter exam.

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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an American prose unit of a standard 10th grade English course. Topics covered include:

  • John Steinbeck's works
  • Edith Wharton's biography and major novels
  • Kate Chopin's biography and works
  • Henry David Thoreau's works
  • Other important works by American authors, such as Moby Dick

26 Lessons in Chapter 8: American Prose for 10th Grade: Help and Review
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John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

7. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

8. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

9. Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

In this lesson, we will explore the context, characters and plot of one of the country's most influential novels, Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Then, find out how it inched America closer to the Civil War.

Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style

10. Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style

In this lesson, we will learn about Kate Chopin, a Southern regionalist writer. First, we will consider how her life created a framework for stories that reflect early feminist values in a very traditional world, then we will look at her two most famous works, 'The Story of an Hour' and 'The Awakening.'

Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Summary and Analysis

11. Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Summary and Analysis

In this lesson, we will examine the acclaimed feminist novel 'The Awakening' by regionalist writer Kate Chopin. We will take a look at the protagonist, who wishes for freedom from her role as traditional wife and mother, while considering the 19th century world in which the novel was written.

Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis

12. Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis

In this lesson, we will examine the plot and characters of Kate Chopin's most widely read short story, 'The Story of an Hour.' We will consider the ways in which the author's topics of marriage and independence reflect her feminist sensibilities and make this an early work of feminist literature.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary & Analysis

13. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will examine the famous short story The Yellow Wallpaper. We will consider the ways in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses the story to communicate about her own difficult experiences post-birth. Additionally, we will discuss her use of fiction as a vehicle to reveal what she felt was the less-than-equal existence of women during the 19th century.

Bill Bryson: Biography & Books

14. Bill Bryson: Biography & Books

Bill Bryson is one of the most humorous and accessible authors of nonfiction writing today. His popular works cover travel, history, language, and science. This lesson covers Bryson's life and links it to his work.

Charles by Shirley Jackson: Summary, Theme & Analysis

15. Charles by Shirley Jackson: Summary, Theme & Analysis

Charles was written by Shirley Jackson in 1948. It is the story of a young boy's search for identity and his mother's struggle to accept his new role. This lesson will focus on the theme of the story, as well as the use of situational irony.

East of Eden: Themes & Analysis

16. East of Eden: Themes & Analysis

This lesson describes the most important themes at play in John Steinbeck's epic novel, ''East of Eden''. The lesson also presents a brief analysis of the novel and its significance.

Fahrenheit 451: Summary, Characters & Themes

17. Fahrenheit 451: Summary, Characters & Themes

During this lesson, we will learn about Ray Bradbury's dystopian science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, which is about firefighters who are tasked with burning books instead of putting out fires. We will cover the novel's plot, characters, and major themes.

Good Country People: Summary, Characters, Theme & Analysis

18. Good Country People: Summary, Characters, Theme & Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize Flannery O'Connor's exceptional short story 'Good Country People' by looking at its characters and themes. Additionally, we'll do a quick analysis to look for deeper meaning.

Hands by Sherwood Anderson: Summary & Analysis

19. Hands by Sherwood Anderson: Summary & Analysis

How can a story be about hands, but also about so many other things? Sherwood Anderson's 'Hands,' which is one vignette among many in his book ''Winesburg, Ohio,'' is definitely about hands, but it is also about truth, beauty, and the grotesque.

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Biography, Facts & Books

20. Harriet Beecher Stowe: Biography, Facts & Books

In this lesson, we will learn about the famous writer, Harriet Beecher Stowe. After a brief biography, we will explore a few fun facts about her, briefly examine her bibliography, and end with a short quiz.

The Interlopers by Saki: Theme & Analysis

21. The Interlopers by Saki: Theme & Analysis

'The Interlopers' by Saki presents dark themes related to vendettas, violence, and man's place in the natural world. The story belongs to the pessimistic world of literary naturalism and thematically has parallels to World War I.

In the Time of the Butterflies: Themes & Analysis

22. In the Time of the Butterflies: Themes & Analysis

In the Time of the Butterflies is the story of the four Mirabal sisters. When faced with a brutal regime, each sister must weigh the risks and decide whether or not her life is worth standing up to a dictator famous for murder and torture.

Figurative Language in Tuck Everlasting

23. Figurative Language in Tuck Everlasting

Authors, such as Natalie Babbitt, use figurative language to make their writing more interesting to the readers. In this lesson, we will learn about the use of figurative language in ''Tuck Everlasting''.

Figurative Language in Hatchet

24. Figurative Language in Hatchet

Gary Paulsen uses figurative language throughout ''Hatchet'' to help the reader become more fully immersed in the story. In this lesson, we will discuss examples of figurative language from the novel.

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck: Summary & Characters

25. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck: Summary & Characters

In ''Cannery Row,'' John Steinbeck uses humor in the story's plot and characters to show the lives of down-on-their-luck residents of this seaside area. In this lesson, we discuss the general plot while also getting a picture of the characters as they reveal it.

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck: Analysis & Quotes

26. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck: Analysis & Quotes

In ''Cannery Row'', Steinbeck paints a picture of a small Utopian community that survives on patience and social responsibility. In this lesson, you will see in the story how the author brings this picture to light through his colorful, likable characters.

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