American Literature is a college-preparatory literature and composition course. Focus works, including novels, short stories, poems, and drama, 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.
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 access to American English, available through Everyday Education as well as the above listed books.
Honors addendum available.
Suggested prerequisites: basic understanding of literary analysis and a thorough understanding of how to write an essay.ut not required.