Parents Supply: Novels (see links on the “Booklist” page here. It is important that all students have the same edition and it must be unmarked.)
Students Need: email and internet access, basic typing & word processing skills, clear understanding of basic grammar and paragraph construction. Prerequisite for this class is Lost Tools of Writing Level 1. See Mrs. Mathis for clarification.
American Literature is a college-preparatory literature survey course. Focus Works – including novels, short stories, and poems – 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 and discussion. We will examine the world views of both the the authors and their times.
This course will cover literature from colonial times to the present. We will be reading complete works from the time period. Nine core units feature works from Franklin to Fitzgerald, Hawthorne to Hemingway. The students will read closely, think carefully, and discuss thoroughly. This prepares them to write beautifully and persuasively.
How the course is structured: Each unit features a core novel. Writing instruction continues to expand the persuasive essay by adding new tools. Students learn to refine their proofs, add additional figures of speech, and learn different types of appeal. Tests include short quizzes each week, unit finals, and semester finals. Each student will be required to give a brief presentation to the class each semester, on a topic to accompany the novel. All of these provide opportunities to learn some of the basics of research and MLA citation.
At the successful completion of this course, grad 75% or higher, parents may choose to award 1 honors credit in high-school English
Note: Drop Fee after 10/1/18 – two months’ tuition
Core Units (additional poems and readings are not listed here): The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” & “Rip Van Winkle”, The Scarlet Letter, The Last of the Mohicans, Billy Budd, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, The Old Man and the Sea, Fahrenheit 451, Peace Like a River