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Ch 8: American Prose for 10th Grade Lesson Plans

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The American Prose for 10th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach students about the biographies and novels of famous American writers. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the American Prose for 10th 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 John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath and Other Works;
Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style;
Herman Melville: Moby Dick Summary and Analysis
The themes of The Grapes of Wrath and Steinbeck's other writings;
The plot and major themes of the famous Steinbeck novel;
The characters and synopsis of Moby Dick
Tuesday The Old Man and the Sea: Summary, Characters and Themes;
All Quiet on the Western Front: Summary and Themes;
Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels
Major themes, plot summary and main characters;
A summary of the famous fiction novel and an exploration of its characters;
The literary works and early life experiences of Edith Wharton
Wednesday Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis;
Henry David Thoreau's 'Civil Disobedience': Summary and Analysis;
Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War
A summary of Walden and look at Thoreau's motivations for writing it;
An analysis of Thoreau's essay which described his opposition to slavery;
An examination of the plot and characters of Uncle Tom's Cabin
Thursday Kate Chopin: Biography, Works and Style;
Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Summary and Analysis;
Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis
The life and major writings of Kate Chopin;
An analysis of the American feminist novel;
A synopsis of the short story by Kate Chopin
Friday Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper': Summary and Analysis An examination of the short story that was inspired by the writer's own experiences

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: American Prose for 10th Grade Lesson Plans
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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.

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