This is a year-long survey course of American Literature. Students will become familiar with a wide range of American voices, from the legends passed along orally by Native Americans to the writings being produced by contemporary authors today. 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. Additionally, students will take quizzes and tests, complete one creative project and write two formal papers utilizing MLA style.
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.
Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience, 2010 edition
- ISBN-10: 0133666549
Any unabridged version of the following:
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald