American Literature

American Literature

LEVELS: Standard and Advanced

This course surveys American literature from the European arrival in the 17th century through the 20th century. As students move through the units of reading, a sense of the American voice develops. Readings incorporate many genres as drama, journal entries, poetry, essays, novels, excerpts and short stories are analyzed in their historical contexts. Students are exposed to significant writers and writings to foster an understanding of the literary and cultural groups and movements of the country. Authors include Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Edith Wharton, Walt Whitman, and Tim O’Brien. Students learn to develop focused analytical arguments as they critically evaluate and assess a range of American texts.

Advanced course requires teacher recommendation

The advanced class assumes that students are independent learners who can work with limited teacher support. Students are advanced and enthusiastic readers; they can make inferences, draw connections, comprehend and appreciate texts with sophisticated vocabulary and themes read at a fast pace. Students are strong expository and narrative writers who understand grammar, mechanics, spelling and sentence/paragraph structure. Course content is similar to that of American Literature. What is significantly different in this advanced class is the work pace, expected level of critical analysis, and independence in learning.


Advanced course requires teacher recommendation



Advanced, College Prep, Language A (English)