American Literature is a college preparatory course that offers a survey of American Literature, focusing on cultural and literary concerns. Students will read a selection of classic American works, representing the historical periods of America's past as relfected in the major social, political, and philosophical issues of the day.
American Literature is specifically structured to acquaint the junior, senior, and honors level sophomore student with the major literary movements found throughout America's history.
American Literature will center on improving the skills in the following areas of the language arts:
WRITING: Analytical essays
READING: Daily readings
Small group seminar readings
SPEAKING: Large group and small group (seminar) discussion
Group and individual oral presentations
It is exprected that the incoming American Literature student is an individual who:
- exhibits strong language skills (reading, writing listening, and speaking) and genuinely desires to improve those skills
- exhibits the ability to analyze literature and critique the ideas, structure and style inherent in academic writing
- displays a mature, responsible, and positive attitude toward study and classroom activities
- is self-motivated and able to take the initiative in the learning process
- To use literature as a means of broadening and deepening an understanding of human experiences
- To recognize and understand the major literary movements in America’s history
- To recognize the major writers in American Literature
- To relate works of literature to their historical, cultural, and intellectual settings
- To understand how societal conditions, values, and personal experiences affect both author and reader
- To understand literary elements and techniques and use them in interpretation
- To improve skills in writing critical and analytical essays, both impromptu and prepared
- To improve communication skills by listening, discussing, and reacting in a supportive, constructive manner
American Literature, as a traditionally structured survey course, will focus on the following American historical and literary periods:
Unit 1: Collision of Cultures: European Exploration and Native American Oral Tradition
Unit 2: The Colonial Age: Literature of Revolt
Unit 3: The American Renaissance: Romanticism and Transcendentalism
Unit 4: A Nation Divided: Literature of Revolt (Part 2)
Unit 5: A New America Emerging: Realism and Naturalism
Unit 6: America in the Modern World: Modernism and Postmodernism
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