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Below is a sample breakdown of the American Short Stories for 9th 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|| Edgar Allen Poe: Biography, Works and Style; |
Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado': Summary and Analysis
| The life, stories and characters of Edgar Allen Poe; |
An analysis of the plotline and characters of the short story
|Tuesday|| Washington Irving: Biography, Works and Style; |
Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow': Summary and Analysis
| A look at the life and famous works of the American writer; |
The plot and characters of the American short story
|Wednesday|| Washington Irving's' Rip Van Winkle': Summary and Analysis; |
'The Devil and Tom Walker' by Washington Irving: Summary and Analysis
| A look at the story's theme and characters; |
The use of allegory and symbols in this short story
|Thursday|| 'The Most Dangerous Game': Summary and Themes; |
The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting and Themes
| A synopsis and a look at the characters; |
An analysis of the story's main ideas and important events
|Friday||'Hills Like White Elephants' and Other Hemingway Stories||A biography on Hemingway and a look at his style of writing|
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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.'
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Symbolism & Analysis
In this lesson, we will study Edgar Allan Poe's short story, 'The Masque of the Red Death.' After a brief summary of the plot, we will analyze the story's symbols and motifs and discuss its theme. We will conclude the lesson with a short quiz.
11. Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart: Summary, Themes & Analysis
One of Poe's most famous and shortest stories, 'The Tell-Tale Heart' has become a macabre classic, but you might still be unacquainted with its craziness. Check out this lesson with a synopsis and analysis of the story to see just how crazy things get!
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