American Literature and Composition
American Literature is a college-preparatory literature survey 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 American literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays, approach papers, and other evaluative writing.
By the end of this survey 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 context of the works.
Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics.
Demonstrate competence in the MLA style of source documentation
Class time: 11:00am - 11:55am - Tuesday
Recommended Age/Grade: 9th -12th grade High School
Instructor: Mrs. Shellie (Michelle) Wolford
Cost: $50 a month
Course Supply Fee: $10
Class size is limited to 8 Seats ***ONE SLOT LEFT***
Text: Excellence in Literature:: English III: American Literature by Janice Campbell
(plus ebook if you desire for extra resources)
Purchase book and ebook here http://excellence-in-literature.com/
Supplies: 1 in. 3 ring binder, loose-leaf paper, 5 subject dividers, pencils, pens
Additional: laptop computer, access to a WORD format program and PowerPoint program
Books and Short Stories needed:
Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and selected works by 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
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Note: Do NOT purchase books until you get a welcome letter from your teacher!
Laptops/tablets will need to be brought to class at various times with access to a WORD format program and PowerPoint program