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American Literature Part 2
LI.ENG.301211.2.HO
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
American Literature Part 2 will explore the Age of Realism, focusing on the authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte. Students will also compare and contrast works on Realism and Naturalism by focusing on the works of Jack London and Beck Weathers. Students will explore the Modern Era by reading a collection of poetry and modern American fiction works, including short stories and speeches. Students will learn about the Harlem Renaissance by reading and studying essays and poems from that era. Finally, the course will conclude with a study of the Contemporary Period, where students will read many different genres of literature, including poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction.
It is recommended that students successfully complete American Literature Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.


Course Objectives

 Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze a writer’s purpose.
  • Formulate inferences and support them using the text.
  • Evaluate genres and traditions in American literature.
  • Identify main ideas and details in a narrative text.
  • Compare and contrast selections.
  • Identify the use of symbols, rhyme, and scheme in poetry.
  • Construct a reflective essay.

 Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Evaluate the philosophical, political, religious, ethical, and social influences of a historical period.
  • Identify, analyze, and demonstrate an understanding of imagery and visuals.
  • Evaluate genres and traditions in American literature.
  • Determine a speaker’s message.
  • Formulate inferences.
  • Evaluate the philosophical, political, religious, ethical, and social influences of a historical period.
  • Construct a compare-contrast essay.

 Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Practice visualizing a text.
  • Identify implied metaphor and tone.
  • Analyze a writer’s message.
  • Organize and graph details from the story to understand the characters.
  • Identify figures of speech such as personification, hyperbole, symbol, and similes.
  • Identify conflict, protagonist, external conflict, antagonist, internal conflict, and exposition.
  • Identify motivations and draw conclusions about characters.

 Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze a writer’s message.
  • Interpret and analyze details.
  • Identify and compare themes across different genres.
  • Identify irony, tone, and personification.
  • Formulate inferences such as conclusions, generalizations, and predictions, and support them.
  • Construct a nonfiction memoir.

 Course Materials

  • Holt Elements of Literature (textbook)

 *Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved