We will be studying American literature, its context in American history, and its influence on our culture today. Students will complete a variety of essays throughout the year. Each quarter, students will be expected to read a novel by an American author from the instructor's approved list. We will also be practicing different skills in preparation for the ACT test.
1st quarter: Native American oral tradition, Puritan writing, the Rationalists and the American Revolution, and the Romantic movement
2nd quarter: Slave Narratives, Civil War primary sources, Regionalism, and the Women's Movement
3rd quarter: Modernism and the short story
4th quarter: Contemporary Writing, The Crucible