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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***


Course Requirement:

Text: Excellence in Literature:: English III: American Literature  by Janice Campbell

   (plus ebook if you desire for extra resources)


Purchase book and ebook here

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




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