American Literature & Composition

$330.00

American Literature is a college-preparatory literature and composition course. Focus works have been selected for literary quality and for their place in the historical development of literature. Context readings provide background information about the author, the historical period, and the literary and artistic context of the focus work. Students will gain an understanding of the development of literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays, approach papers, and other evaluative writing.

Description

Focus works for American Literature include novels, short stories, poems, and dramas. Context readings provide background information about the author, the historical period, and the literary and artistic context of the focus work.

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Possess a broad knowledge of the history and development of American literature.
  • Have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the periods studied.
  • Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works.
  • Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
  • Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics.

High school students will put literary analysis skills into practice as they study and write about ten great works of American literature. Works studied in this course:

  • Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
  • Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Selected works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Students will need to have purchase or have access to American English by Janice Campbell, available through Everyday Education as well as the above listed books.

Honors addendum available.
Suggested prerequisites: basic understanding of literary analysis and a basic understanding of how to write an essay.

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