This Second Semester offering 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 forms of fictional prose, drama, novels, and poetry.
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
- Modern short stories and poems
- The Great Gatsby
- World War I poets
- The Harlem Renaissance
- Southern Regionalism
- Beat Poets
- The Crucible
Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and complete weekly homework assignments. Homework can range from short answers to evaluating reading comprehension, to longer essay responses which allow students to refine their composition skills.
Who should enroll?
Any student in grades 9-12 may take this course. There are no prerequisites.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students can expect their homework to be evaluated and graded weekly. Since homework is due the day of our live class sessions, I try to have all homework graded before the next class. If the work is completed on time and questions are answered completely, full credit is normally awarded for the weekly assignments.
For the larger papers, I offer a deep evaluation of both style and content, and students should expect to have my comments and a grade back within 2-3 weeks. Former students have said these evaluations have been most beneficial as they prepare for higher level writing in college. Students are welcome to communicate with me via email, and I usually respond with 24 hours.
Once registration is complete, I send a welcome email to each student and their parents. They will be added to the course and alerted when the Canvas page is open and they can begin their study of literature.