U.S. Literature & Composition
U.S. Literature & Composition is a year-long class that counts toward required high school level language arts classes in both literature and composition.
Assigned literary works are set chronologically, enabling students to experience the flow of historical influences. Weekly essay assignments are chosen from a variety of thought provoking possibilities, engaging the student from the start. The essay is written following sequential steps throughout the week. Worldview is stressed, using a secular literary language. The student will learn to discern worldviews that bombard everyday experiences comparing/contrasting them to a biblical worldview.
U.S. Literature & Composition will require students to read, write, think, discuss and interact with the material and fellow classmates and the teacher in this dynamic and interactive class. This is a college preparatory class that will ensure your student is ready for the next level of writing, reading, and thinking.
Required Readings (Links or pdf provided by instructor upon registration):
- The History of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford
- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
- Walden/Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
- Billy Bud by Herman Melville
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
- Ethan Frome by Edith Warton
- Collection of Poetry by Ezra Pound
- Collection of Poetry by E.E. Cummings
- Collection of Poetry by Robert Frost
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
- Unvanquished by William Faulkner
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Pearl by John Steinbeck
- The Emperor Jones by Eugene Glaston O’Neill
- The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
- The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
- The Crucible by Arthur Miller
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Conner
- A Worn Path by Eudora Welty
- The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter
- The Chosen by Chiam Potok
- Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Full Year Course – 2 Credits: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour in Literature and one in composition which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you need help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.