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This chapter helps students review the concepts in an American short stories unit of a standard 9th grade English course. Topics covered include:
- Edgar Allan Poe's biography and works
- Washington Irving's biography and works
- The Scarlet Ibis
- Hills Like White Elephants
- The Most Dangerous Game
1. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style
This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery story. Through his works, like 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' Poe reflected the characteristics of Dark Romanticism by creating horrific storylines and characters while exploring the dark, irrational depths of the human mind.
2. Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis
This video explores Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado,' a Dark Romantic short story that illustrates the horrors of evil. By breaking down the elements of plot, we can see that Poe's intentional selection of details in the story create his 'unity of effect.'
3. Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style
This video introduces Washington Irving, the father of American literature. Through his works, like 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' Irving developed a sophisticated yet satirical style while helping establish the American identity.
4. Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis
Everyone loves a scary story now and then. Learn how Washington Irving's famous story, ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,'' uses imagination and the supernatural to make it a Romantic piece of American literature that is still adapted by television today.
5. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis
The story of 'Rip Van Winkle' is one of enchantments and escape. In this lesson, we look at how Washington Irving uses his words and Romantic characteristics to create the story's theme.
6. The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving: Summary and Analysis
Romantic literature, such as 'The Devil and Tom Walker,' often references the supernatural. In this lesson, we learn how Washington Irving uses an allegory with symbols to create a moral tale about greed while incorporating the supernatural theme.
7. The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes
Adventure stories hook the reader with fast-paced tales of danger. In this lesson, you'll learn more about a classic adventure story involving a ruthless hunter and the deadly island where he lives.
8. The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting & Themes
This story is a dark and beautiful tale of brotherly love. In this lesson you'll learn the major events and ideas in the story and how the setting makes it both sad and lovely.
9. Hills Like White Elephants and Other Hemingway Stories
Ernest Hemingway won the highest awards for literature that a writer can win. His story, 'Hills Like White Elephants,' is probably the most famous example of his distinctive writing style. In this lesson you'll learn about this story and what made Hemingway's approach so successful.
10. A & P by John Updike: Setting & Character Analysis
You may never have been in an A&P store, and you might not have even read Updike's short story of the same name. You can learn more about both, though, in this lesson where you'll find info on the story's setting and an analysis of its main character.
11. A & P by John Updike: Theme & Symbolism
Come explore the aisles of John Updike's 'A&P' in this lesson, where you can check-out an analysis of the story's theme and symbolism and learn about the hefty price we sometimes have to pay for a clear conscience.
12. Bret Harte: Biography, Books & Short Stories
Author Bret Harte captured an key moment in American history with his stories about the California Gold Rush. This lesson explores his life, works and contribution to American literature.
13. Characters in The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
You might think your family's crazy, but you probably haven't met the Hadleys yet. Come get acquainted with the whole disconnected crew in this lesson on the characters found in Bradbury's 'The Veldt.'
14. Montresor in The Cask of Amontillado: Character Analysis & Overview
Montresor is the murderous, vengeful narrator in Edgar Allan Poe's short story, 'The Cask of Amontillado.' In this lesson, you'll analyze this complex character, and you'll have the chance to test your understanding with a quiz.
15. Pam Munoz Ryan: Biography, Books & Facts
Have you ever read the books 'Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride' or 'Mice and Beans?' How about 'Esperanza Rising' or 'Riding Freedom?' In this lesson, you will learn about author Pam Muñoz Ryan and her contributions to children's literature.
16. The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Summary, Analysis & Symbolism
Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Birthmark', published in 1843, is the story of a scientist who is obsessed with removing a birthmark from his wife's cheek. This lesson will look at the themes of obsessive love and the conflict between science and nature.
17. Langston Hughes' Thank You, Ma'am: Theme, Summary & Analysis
Read a summary of Langston Hughes' short story, 'Thank You, Ma'am', a snapshot of African-American life in the 1950s. Explore some of its main literary themes, and then test your own understanding of the story with a short quiz.
18. Langston Hughes' Thank You, Ma'am: Setting, Characters & Quotes
Learn about Langston Hughes' short story 'Thank You Ma'am' in this lesson. We will discuss the setting, the characters, and what the dialogue reveals about both aspects of the story. After the lesson, take a brief quiz.
19. Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder: Summary, Theme & Analysis
Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury is best known for such books as ''Fahrenheit 451'', but he was also a great short story writer. One of his most famous short stories is 'A Sound of Thunder,' about traveling back in time. Read on to find out more about this story!
20. Bradbury's Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed: Summary & Overview
In Ray Bradbury's ''Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed'', Harry Bittering struggles with what it means to be an Earthling on Martian soil, until his homesickness takes a surprising turn.
21. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: Summary & Analysis
'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson, a twisted tale of village culture, has been thrilling audiences for three generations. In this lesson, we'll review this classic short story from 1948 and analyze the thematic elements.
22. By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benet: Summary, Theme & Analysis
This lesson provides a summary and analysis of Stephen Vincent Benet's 'By the Waters of Babylon.' The story focuses on the dangers of knowledge that is obtained too quickly.
23. The Lady or the Tiger Themes
'The Lady, or the Tiger?' is a classic of the short story genre. In this lesson, we explore some of its themes including consequence of action, limits of love, randomness of life, and human assumption.
24. Teaching The Scarlet Ibis
This lesson discusses the story The Scarlet Ibis. It introduces the main characters and summarizes key points from the story. It also discusses how those events can be used to teach students various concepts.
25. Figurative Language in The Most Dangerous Game
This lesson discusses definitions of relevant figurative language devices and explains how each of them are used in Richard Connell's classic 1924 short story 'The Most Dangerous Game.'
26. Personification in The Most Dangerous Game
This lesson defines and offers examples of a literary device called personification, and then explains how Richard Connell uses this device in his famous 1924 short story 'The Most Dangerous Game.'
27. Personification in The Scarlet Ibis
Personification is a literary device that lends human qualities to objects, ideas, and animals. In this lesson, the use of personification in 'The Scarlet Ibis,' by James Hurst, will be discussed.
28. Personification in The Pearl
In this lesson, we will explore John Steinbeck's use of personification in ''The Pearl''. Generally, Steinbeck uses personification to describe the mood and the setting.
29. The Summer People by Shirley Jackson: Analysis & Summary
'The Summer People' is a rather creepy and mysterious short story by author Shirley Jackson. A New York City couple encounter sinister resistance when they decide to stay at their summer cottage past Labor Day.
30. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson: Summary & Quotes
Being a parent is rough! No one knows this more than Shirley Jackson, who wrote 'Life Among the Savages' (1953), a collection of short stories that detail the chaos of being a housewife and mother in the mid-1900s.
31. The Flowers by Alice Walker: Summary & Analysis
Alice Walker's 'The Flowers' examines the purity of young life and the inevitable loss of innocence. This lesson will discuss how Walker cleverly connects her story to one of the best known stories ever told.
32. The Flowers by Alice Walker: Setting, Theme & Symbolism
Alice Walker's 'The Flowers' tells the story of a little girl's childhood ending in a heartbreaking moment of discovery. This lesson will provide context for the story and then analyze the setting, theme, and symbolism.
33. Similarities Between The Lottery & The Hunger Games
When people gamble, the only fear is losing money. But in the short story, ''The Lottery'' by Shirley Jackson and ''The Hunger Games'' by Suzanne Collins, the price is life. Read on to learn about the similarities between the two stories.
34. Verbal Irony in The Lady, or the Tiger?
In this lesson, we will examine some examples of verbal irony from Frank R. Stockton's ''The Lady or the Tiger?'' This is the story of a king who seeks justice against his daughter's love interest.
35. The Lady or the Tiger: Tone, Moral & Quotes
Frank R. Stockton's short story ''The Lady, or the Tiger?'' is a classic story that explores the meaning of justice and the workings of human emotions.
36. Frank Stockton: Biography, Quotes & Facts
Meet Frank Stockton, an American writer of children's stories and other literature. Stockton's famous 1882 short story 'The Lady, or The Tiger?' is beloved for its witty, humorous tone.
37. The Discourager of Hesitancy: Summary & Analysis
A riddle for a riddle. That's the name of the game for author Frank Stockton in his sequel story, ''The Discourager of Hesitancy.'' In this lesson, we examine the story and analyze what it's all about.
38. The Last Leaf by O. Henry Characters
Only five characters exist in O. Henry's short story 'The Last Leaf,' but their brief interactions with each other teach readers a valuable lesson about the power of relationships.
39. The Last Leaf by O. Henry Quotes
In O. Henry's short story, 'The Last Leaf', an artist named Johnsy becomes convinced that she will die of pneumonia when the last leaf outside her window falls. This lesson identifies and analyzes key quotes relating to the major plot points of the story.
40. Sue in The Last Leaf
O. Henry's 'The Last Leaf' covers the experiences of two artists, Johnsy and Sue, when Johnsy falls ill with pneumonia. This lesson analyzes the role of Sue in the story.
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