American Literature (Second Semester)

From: $80.00 / month for 5 months

Grades: 9th – 12th

Live Class Sec 1: Tues. 12:30–1:30 p.m. ET

Sec 2: Tues.  5:00–6:00 p.m. ET

Dates:  Jan 3 — Apr 29

Cost: $349

Instructor: Susan Spivey

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Course Description

This is a survey course of American Literature.  In addition to recognizing the major writers found in American literature, students will also learn to identify genres, movements, and historical events that helped shape this young country. Students will extend their knowledge of literary devices used in fiction and poetry and be able to recognize these elements in context. Selected readings will include various forums of fictional prose, drama, novels, and poetry.

Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and complete weekly homework assignments, which can range from short answers to evaluate reading comprehension, to longer essay responses which allow students to refine their composition skills.

All assignments and discussions are intent on helping the student explore the diverse human experience of American writers and appreciate the emergence of literature in these United States. In addition, this class will encourage students to find the joy and pleasure found between the pages of a good book.

Topics Covered in Second Semester:

  • Mark Twain
  • Literature from the turn of the century
  • Modern Age
  • Imagism
  • Modern short stories and poems
  • The Great Gatsby
  • World War I poets
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Southern Regionalism
  • Beat Poets
  • The Crucible

Required Texts

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience, 2010 edition

  • ISBN-10: 0133666549
    ISBN-13: 9780133666540

Any unabridged version of the following:

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


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Instructor Bio

Susan Spivey

Susan Spivey is enthusiastic about sharing her love of literature with students and finds tremendous joy in teaching. Susan earned her MA in English from Arizona State University and her BS in Journalism from the University of Maryland. She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for several years before starting her family. Susan also worked as a freelance writer for magazines and as a substitute teacher in public schools. She has taught English for many years and has been teaching for AIM Academy since 2015. When she is not reading a book, discussing a book, or teaching about books, you can find her in her garden, likely with a book nearby.

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