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Ch 3: American Short Stories for 9th Grade: Tutoring Solution

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The American Short Stories chapter of this 9th Grade English Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about short American fiction. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the topics involving American short stories required in a typical 9th grade English course.

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  • Begin your assignment or other 9th grade English work.
  • Identify the American short story concepts that you're stuck on.
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  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
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  • Struggle with understanding the work of Ernest Hemingway, Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, or any other American short story topic
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Learning Objectives

  • Examine the works and style of Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Provide a summary and analysis for Washington Irving's, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  • Read and interpret Washington Irving's, Rip Van Winkle.
  • Discuss the summary and themes of The Most Dangerous Game.
  • Analyze the themes of The Scarlet Ibis.
  • Explore some of Hemingway's most popular short stories.

21 Lessons in Chapter 3: American Short Stories for 9th Grade: Tutoring Solution
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Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

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.

Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

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.'

Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style

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.

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

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.

Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

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.

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

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.

The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes

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.

The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting & Themes

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.

Hills Like White Elephants and Other Hemingway Stories

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.

Author Rick Bass: Biography & Books

10. Author Rick Bass: Biography & Books

Rick Bass is an American environmentalist and writer, but how did he get his start? In this lesson, you will learn about Bass's early life and how he became a prolific voice for conservation in the United States.

Charles Chesnutt: Biography & Short Stories

11. Charles Chesnutt: Biography & Short Stories

This article discusses the author Charles Chesnutt, detailing his biography and his collection of short stories. Read the article, then test yourself with the quiz!

John Updike: Biography, Short Stories & Books

12. John Updike: Biography, Short Stories & Books

You might not think the novelization of your everyday life would be worth reading, but John Updike might've very well disagreed. Find out why when you read this lesson on the life and work of this prolific American author.

Katherine Mansfield: Short Stories & Themes

13. Katherine Mansfield: Short Stories & Themes

Katherine Mansfield, one of New Zealand's finest authors, wrote dozens of short stories and poems. In this lesson, we will look at some her best short stories and themes that show up in the bulk of her work.

Ray Bradbury: Biography, Books & Stories

14. Ray Bradbury: Biography, Books & Stories

In this lesson, we will learn about the prolific science fiction and fantasy author, Ray Bradbury. His life, his influences and his most prominent novel will be examined. Then we'll finish with an overview of a few of his most famous short stories. A short quiz will follow.

Sherwood Anderson: Biography, Books & Short Stories

15. Sherwood Anderson: Biography, Books & Short Stories

This lesson will explore the life and work of Sherwood Anderson. We'll look at the context, influence, and impact of Anderson's writing on American literature.

The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud: Summary & Analysis

16. The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud: Summary & Analysis

First published in 1954, Malamud's 'The Magic Barrel' still has a lot to teach us even over half a century later. Find out what you can learn when you check out this lesson with a synopsis and analysis of Malamud's passionate appeal to our humanity.

The Rich Brother: Summary & Analysis

17. The Rich Brother: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll be looking at Tobias Wolff's short story, 'The Rich Brother,' a story about class and responsibility. We'll take a look at a summary of the story as well as some analysis of the story's major themes.

The Story of an Hour: Setting & Characters

18. The Story of an Hour: Setting & Characters

There's not much room in 'The Story of an Hour' to create a detailed setting or to introduce a litany of characters. However, Kate Chopin uses her limited characters and setting to tell a powerful story. Learn more about them when you read this lesson.

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury: Analysis & Themes

19. The Veldt by Ray Bradbury: Analysis & Themes

Many of us today probably know what it's like being plugged-in. But are you aware of just how dangerous that can be? Find out when we analyze themes in Bradbury's 'The Veldt,' which has some warnings for those who'd take technology too far.

The Lady, or the Tiger? - Summary & Analysis

20. The Lady, or the Tiger? - Summary & Analysis

'The Lady, or the Tiger?' by Frank R. Stockton is one of the most popular short stories of all time. In this lesson, we'll explore this unusual story and learn about why it is so widely read.

Henry James Short Stories

21. Henry James Short Stories

Henry James was the 1860s' modern voice for Americanized behaviors. There is much more to James' list of accomplishments than the flirtatious ''Daisy Miller'' and the ghastly ''Turn of the Screw.''

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