College Preparatory: American Literature

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Students will gain an understanding of the development of literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through evaluative writing.

Meets for 50 minutes per meeting, twice per week, for 15 weeks. 

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.

As this is a college-preparatory course, a syllabus will be provided with a grading rubric and more information about each essay. Essay writing is required: narrative/personal, persuasive, expository, and descriptive essays will be written throughout this course. I have provided digital copies of all works below, including the literary pieces we will studies. Students are allowed to have their own hard copies if they’d prefer. The literary pieces do not need to be printed but all other uploads should be.

What is American Literature? (handout provided to read aloud during class)
Class 1: Overview
Class 2: Multiculturalism
Class 3: Material Culture: architecture, religion, politics, music
Class 4: Psychology: cultural geography, folklore, anthropology
Each of the above classes will have questions discussed orally to go along with each reading.

Essay Writing Portion:
Class 5: Introduction of an Essay (handout provided to read aloud during class)
Narrative/Personal Essay (handout provided to read aloud during class)
Class 6: Thesis statement; brainstorming and identifying three parameters; Outline your five paragraph essay; Homework: draft writing
Class 7: Draft Presentation and editing; Homework: rewriting; Publish final copy
Persuasive Essay (handout provided to read aloud during class)
Class 8: Thesis statement; Brainstorming and identifying three parameters; Outline your five paragraph essay; Homework: draft writing
Class 9: Draft Presentation and editing; Homework: rewriting; Publish final copy
Expository Essay
Class 10: Thesis statement; Brainstorming and identifying three parameters; Outline your five paragraph essay; Homework: draft writing
Class 11: Draft Presentation and editing; Homework: rewriting; Publish final copy
Descriptive Essay
Class 12: Thesis statement; Brainstorming and identifying three parameters; Outline your five paragraph essay; Homework: draft writing
Class 13 Draft Presentation and editing; Homework: rewriting; Publish final copy
Class 14: Review book selections below; choose 3
Class 15: Book 1 Presentation
Class 16: Book progress check in only (this class may be shorter than the others)
Class 17: Book 2 Presentation
Class 18: Book progress check in only (this class may be shorter than the others)
Class 19: Book 3 Presentation
Class 20: Book progress check in and overall evaluation of the course; Final taken online and results will be messaged to each parent within 10 days of the conclusion of the course.

Independent Reading List (choose 3):
Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
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
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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.


Meeting Dates and Times:

Mon Sep 10, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Sep 12, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Sep 17, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Sep 19, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Sep 24, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Sep 26, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Oct 1, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Oct 3, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Oct 8, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Oct 10, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Oct 17, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Oct 22, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Oct 24, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Oct 29, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Nov 5, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Nov 7, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Nov 12, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Nov 14, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Nov 26, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Nov 28, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Dec 3, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Dec 5, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Dec 10, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Dec 12, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Dec 17, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Dec 19, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Jan 9, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Jan 14, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Jan 16, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Jan 21, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Jan 23, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Jan 28, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Feb 4, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Feb 6, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Feb 13, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Feb 18, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Wed Feb 20, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern
Mon Feb 25, 2019, 4:45pm – 5:35pm Eastern

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