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Ch 9: American Short Stories for 9th Grade

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Watch online video lessons and take a close look at some important American short stories. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

American Short Stories for 9th Grade - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter's lessons help you analyze several prominent American short stories from the past 250 years, with special attention paid to Washington Irving and his stories from early America. You will learn about the lives of other important short story authors, including Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • 'The Scarlet Ibis' and 'The Most Dangerous Game'
  • Edgar Allan Poe, his life and his works, including 'The Cask of Amontillado'
  • Hemingway's short stories
  • Washington Irving and his stories, including 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' 'The Devil and Tom Walker' and 'Rip Van Winkle'

Video Objective
'The Most Dangerous Game' Analyze this story by Richard Connell.
'The Scarlet Ibis' Examine this 1960 short story by James Hurst.
Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style Become familiar with the 19th century writer of suspenseful short stories.
Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado': Summary and Analysis Explore the themes and plot of this tale.
Hemingway's Short Stories Look at the themes and style of Ernest Hemingway's stories.
Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style Examine Irving's life and writings.
Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow': Summary and Analysis Look at the plot and style of this tale.
Washington Irving's 'Rip Van Winkle': Summary and Analysis Explore this classic of American literature.
'The Devil and Tom Walker' by Washington Irving: Summary and Analysis Look at this story and explore its themes.

9 Lessons in Chapter 9: American Short Stories for 9th Grade
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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.

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