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Ch 3: American Short Stories for 9th Grade: Homework Help

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The American Short Stories for 9th Grade chapter of this 9th Grade English Homework Help course helps students complete their American short stories homework and earn better grades. This homework help resource uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long.

How it works:

  • Identify which concepts are covered on your American short stories homework.
  • Find videos on those topics within this chapter.
  • Watch fun videos, pausing and reviewing as needed.
  • Complete sample questions and get instant feedback.
  • Finish your American short stories homework with ease!

Topics from your homework you'll be able to complete:

  • The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Stories by Washington Irving
  • The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst
  • Short stories by Ernest Hemingway

32 Lessons in Chapter 3: American Short Stories for 9th Grade: Homework Help
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Eleven by Sandra Cisneros: Summary, Theme & Analysis

1. Eleven by Sandra Cisneros: Summary, Theme & Analysis

Sandra Cisneros' 'Eleven' is a short story about the frustrations of growing up. Review a summary of the story's plot, then analyze its themes, characters, and craft.

Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

2. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

Edgar Allan Poe is a literary legend who established the modern mystery story genre. Review Poe's biography and see how it influenced his works. Examine his style, how he used diction and imagery, and learn why he has been so influential.

Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

3. Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

'The Cask of Amontillado' is a short story that was first published in 1846 by the American Gothic writer, Edgar Allan Poe. Explore the plot, themes, and Dark Romantic elements of 'The Cask of Amontillado.'

Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style

4. Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style

Washington Irving is the father of American literature who succeeded by using imagery, irony, and humor in his works. Know more about his biography and discover how Irving's life events turned him into a writer, his works and the pseudonyms he used, and the styles he integrated into his works.

Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

5. Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

Washington Irving's story 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' is arguably one of the most famous American short stories and has been adapted to movie and television formats through the years. Take a look at this summary and analysis of Irving's story, learn about the characters and the plot, and discover the romantic characteristics used by the author.

Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

6. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

In Washington Irving's 'Rip Van Winkle', Rip awakens from an enchanted slumber to a life of freedom. Learn about this story's Romantic elements and how Irving employs imagery and the supernatural to build the theme of escapism.

The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving: Summary and Analysis

7. The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving: Summary and Analysis

Originally published in 1824, 'The Devil and Tom Walker' is a short story written by American writer, Washington Irving, and based on the German legend, Faust. Explore the Faustian theme, the synopsis and characters of 'The Devil and Tom Walker,' and the symbolism and Romantic elements of the story.

The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes

8. The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes

Richard Connell was an American journalist who also gained a reputation as one of the best short story writers in the United States. Review the summary and themes of Connell's ''The Most Dangerous Game.'' Explore the hunt, three days in the jungle, and other major themes to understand Connell's perspectives on wrong vs. right, whether dealing with humans or animals.

The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting & Themes

9. The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting & Themes

James Hurst's 'The Scarlet Ibis' is a short story published in 1960 that has become a staple of high school classrooms. Review a detailed summary of the story and dive into the symbolism, themes, and settings.

Hills Like White Elephants and Other Hemingway Stories

10. Hills Like White Elephants and Other Hemingway Stories

Ernest Hemingway gained a reputation as a prolific writer with stories such as ~'Hills Like White Elephants.~' Learn more about Hemingway's life, works, and awards, and the ideological principles surrounding ~'Hills Like White Elephants~' and other short stories.

A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury: Summary, Analysis & Theme

11. A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury: Summary, Analysis & Theme

'A Sound of Thunder' is a science fiction short story written by Ray Bradbury that details the actions of a man who travels back in time to hunt dinosaurs. Explore a summary and analysis of the major themes of Bradbury's short story.

Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara: Summary & Analysis

12. Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara: Summary & Analysis

John O'Hara's 'Appointment in Samarra' tells the story of Julian English in the three days leading up to his death. Explore the characters, setting, and summary of this novel, examine a brief analysis, and understand the connection between death and choices.

Damon Runyon: Biography, Short Stories & Books

13. Damon Runyon: Biography, Short Stories & Books

In this lesson we explore the life of Damon Runyon, a newspaper man turned playwright and short story writer who wrote largely about early 20th-century New York City.

Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

14. Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Short stories are brief works of fiction, and they've been around for thousands of years in all cultures. This lesson explores short stories, defines the characteristics, and shows some classic examples.

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser: Summary, Themes & Analysis

15. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser: Summary, Themes & Analysis

This lesson discusses Theodore Dreiser's classic American naturalist novel, Sister Carrie, as well as the concept of conspicuous consumption. Get a summary and analysis of the novel, then test your knowledge with the quiz.

Teenage Wasteland: Summary & Analysis

16. Teenage Wasteland: Summary & Analysis

'Teenage Wasteland,' by Anne Tyler, is a story examining the strained relationship between a teenage boy and his parents. In this lesson, explore a summary and analysis of the story, as well as the author's use of imagery, parallels, and irony.

The Most Dangerous Game: Characters & Analysis

17. The Most Dangerous Game: Characters & Analysis

'The Most Dangerous Game' is a 1924 short story by Richard Connell that has been adapted many times for radio and television consumption. Explore an analysis of the plot and characters, and see how fearful instincts can affect logical reasoning.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Characters & Analysis

18. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Characters & Analysis

'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe that is widely-recognized as the first detective story. Learn about the plot, summary, characters, and literary analysis of Poe's classic story.

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Characters & Analysis

19. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Characters & Analysis

Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Purloined Letter' is a short story about a detective working to uncover a stolen letter, one whose contents are being used to blackmail a young woman. Explore a summary of the story, then analyze its characters and main themes.

The Story of an Hour: Theme & Symbolism

20. The Story of an Hour: Theme & Symbolism

Kate Chopin's short story, 'The Story of an Hour' (1894) follows a protagonist from her husband's untimely death, through an empowering journey of freedom and independence. Explore themes of liberation and rebirth through the symbolism used in this work.

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury: Summary & Setting

21. The Veldt by Ray Bradbury: Summary & Setting

You might've 'blessed the rains down in Africa,' but have you ever watched lions at dinnertime? Experience the mortal terror of a fantasy come to life, in this lesson exploring the plot and setting of Ray Bradbury's short story, 'The Veldt.'

The Wife of His Youth: Summary, Themes & Analysis

22. The Wife of His Youth: Summary, Themes & Analysis

Charles Chesnutt's 'The Wife of His Youth' is a short story in which the protagonist forgets his roots until confronted with a shocking reminder. Explore the summary and an analysis of the themes found in this three-part story.

Hearts and Hands by O. Henry: Summary & Characters

23. Hearts and Hands by O. Henry: Summary & Characters

The short story ~'Hearts and Hands~' revolves around a marshal, a prisoner, and an acquaintance of the prisoner on a train. Join in the journey as O. Henry spins a tale of mistaken identity and surprises the reader with an unexpected ending.

There Will Come Soft Rains: Theme, Setting & Symbolism

24. There Will Come Soft Rains: Theme, Setting & Symbolism

'There Will Come Soft Rains' is a story by Ray Bradbury that explores a post-apocalyptic world in the year 2026 where only machines invented by human beings remain, a theme reflective of concerns after the atom bombs of the 1940s. Explore the story's setting and themes and discover the symbolism of its main character: a house run by machines independently cleaning, cooking and reciting poetry.

There Will Come Soft Rains: Characters & Conflict

25. There Will Come Soft Rains: Characters & Conflict

Ray Bradbury's short story, 'There Will Come Soft Rains,' is a post-apocalyptic tale with no human characters. Learn more about the author's use of personification to create characters and conflict in a world without humans.

The Moustache Short Story Summary

26. The Moustache Short Story Summary

Robert Cormier's ''The Moustache'' is the tale of a young man whose newly-grown mustache awakens lost memories in his senile grandmother. Explore a summary of the story, reflect on the story's themes, and learn why the boy shaves off his mustache.

The Moustache by Robert Cormier: Conflict

27. The Moustache by Robert Cormier: Conflict

Robert Cormier's short story, 'The Moustache', recounts a young man mistaken for his grandfather due to his new mustache. Explore the story's conflicts, including the internal conflicts and external conflicts.

The Moustache by Robert Cormier Setting

28. The Moustache by Robert Cormier Setting

It's a little walk down memory lane for Mike and his grandmother at the nursing home in 'The Moustache.' In this lesson, you'll learn more about the setting (and a possible time period) for this story.

The Moustache by Robert Cormier: Theme & Analysis

29. The Moustache by Robert Cormier: Theme & Analysis

In this lesson, we will analyze the themes of the short story 'The Moustache' by Robert Cormier. This is a story about a young man whose grandmother confuses him for her deceased husband because of his moustache.

The Moustache by Robert Cormier Character Analysis

30. The Moustache by Robert Cormier Character Analysis

Robert Cormier's 'The Moustache' recounts a mistaken identity and what it reveals when a young man is mistaken for his grandfather by his senile grandmother. Examine the characters in the story, including Mike, Ellen, Annie, and Meg.

The Moustache by Robert Cormier Quotes

31. The Moustache by Robert Cormier Quotes

There's more to life than a moustache, and Mike, a character in Robert Cormier's 'The Moustache,' recognizes this when he visits his grandmother. Throughout the story, Mike provides various quotes and insights about the nursing home, his grandmother, and postponement.

The Moustache by Robert Cormier Symbolism

32. The Moustache by Robert Cormier Symbolism

What can readers look to for symbolism in ''The Moustache''? In this lesson, you'll learn more about how a car, a nursing home and a moustache itself create deeper meaning for Mike and his grandmother.

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