American Literature

Course Description: This course offers an in-depth look at the growth of American Literature, as well as the emergence of the “American Character” through novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and non-fiction. Additionally, students will examine how that literature reflects the social, economic, religious, and political views of the period during which it was written. Students will produce narrative, persuasive, research, and creative pieces of writing reflecting the “American Experience” in historical, literary, and personal contexts.  

Syllabus: Click here

Course Outcomes:

  • engage and expand upon literary analysis, from World Literature.
  • compare and contrast characters and genres while relating to the text.
  • identify and interpret how conflict, class, race, and gender shaped American Literature.
  • write, react, and dialogue with works of American Literature and how the literature applies to his/her own life.
  • understand, practice, and utilize proper grammatical constructs.
  • establish evidence as support for personal opinions.
  • implement the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, writing, editing, and revising) to write various expository essays.
  • follow MLA format guidelines; use academic and reputable resources; create a works cited page.
  • participate in meaningful class discussions and learning community activities.
  • actively listen and communicate with classmates.

Course Materials:

  1. Hansberry, Lorraine.  A Raisin in the Sun.
  2. O’Brien, Tim.  The Things They Carried.
  3. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby
  4. Eggers, Dave. Zeitoun
  5. Spiral/Composition notebook for Journal.
  6. Loose-leaf paper for daily assignments/notes
  7. Pen (blue or black ink)
  8. Binder and a folder for class handouts and supplementary readings