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American Literature Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
In American Literature Part 1, students are invited to travel through the various cultural periods of American literature. Students will explore American literary traditions of the nineteenth century and will study the darker side of Romanticism while exploring the horror story genre. They will read selections from Edgar Allan Poe, including "The Raven," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "Masque of the Red Death." This course will also examine literature from the Civil War Era; stories of slavery such as an excerpt from the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; and literature from the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1800s. Students will read and analyze samples of several authors' contributions to American literature, such as Walt Whitman's "A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim," and will also study post-Civil War literature pertaining to Native Americans, pioneers, settlers, and women. Students will complete the course with a deeper understanding of the major contributions literature has made in the development of our country.
It is recommended that students successfullly complete English 10 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Develop a summarization of literature and identify main ideas and details.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of literary elements such as setting, mood, and theme.
  • Analyze and demonstrate an understanding of narrative accounts, including historical narratives.
  • Formulate inferences about an author’s purpose and beliefs.
  • Analyze persuasive writing and techniques.
  • Evaluate text structures.
  • Construct a persuasive letter.

 Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Recognize political writings.
  • Identify and analyze persuasive arguments in a historical text.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the author’s purpose in specific writings.
  • Analyze persuasive arguments.
  • Analyze and demonstrate an understanding of the Romantic Movement.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of figurative language and metaphor.
  • Construct, proofread, and edit a compare-contrast essay.

 Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Recognize and analyze mood and setting.
  • Formulate inferences about characters.
  • Explore the philosophical, political, religious, and social influences of a historical period.
  • Identify diction and purpose.
  • Analyze and demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of a writer’s style and perspective.
  • Identify and recognize appeals to reason and emotion.
  • Construct a short story.

 Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Comprehend the rise of realism by reading short stories.
  • Formulate assertions about an author’s purpose.
  • Analyze characteristics of American Indian oratory, including repetition and tone.
  • Recognize emotional appeal.
  • Recognize and analyze styles of poetry.
  • Appraise and interpret text.
  • Analyze a poem's structure.

 Course Materials

  • Holt Elements of Literature (textbook)

 *Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved