American Literature Courses

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American Literature – Grade 11
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

Chronologically or thematically presented, literary selections are taught not only for their artistic merit and timeless themes, but also as reflections of the times and social forces that produced them. Students are encouraged to see the inter-relatedness of the literature they read and materials they've encountered in history/social studies courses. Analytical essays and critical reviews are assigned regularly. Vocabulary development and grammar review are emphasized.

Reading selections may include:
Elements of Literature
The Crucible, Miller
The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne
The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger
The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald
A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway
Death of a Salesman, Miller
The Things They Carried, O’Brien
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston


American Literature – Honors (Grade 11)
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

Chronologically presented, literary selections are taught not only for their artistic merit and timeless themes, but also as reflections of the times and social forces that produced them. Students are encouraged to see the inter-relatedness of the literature they read and materials they've encountered in history/ social studies courses. Analytical essays and critical reviews are assigned regularly. Vocabulary development and grammar review are emphasized. Students read an independent novel and write a literary analysis on it each term.

Reading selections may include:
Elements of Literature
The Crucible, Miller
The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne
The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger
The Awakening, Chopin
The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald
A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway
A Raisin in The Sun, Hansberry
As I Lay Dying, Faulkner
Death of a Salesman, Miller
The Things They Carried, O’Brien
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston



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