American Literature

Hi, I am Rachel, your teacher for this course.

This is a course about reading and interpreting American Literature. In this course we will be studying the genres and themes as they are portrayed in short stories and poetry. The course will be a little time consuming; you may only work on one lesson at a time to be sure the story you are focusing on is fresh in your mind. When one lesson is completed, including any revisions I may ask of you, you will then be able to move on to the next lesson.

This is a discussion-oriented course, so be prepared to talk about what you read! The questions are complex with many parts to consider make sure you answer questions as thoroughly as possible. Always feel free to make additional comments, add your thoughts, or ask questions about the text.

This course includes several essays, including a final essay requirement. To do this course effectively you should have already completed English 9 and 10 or their equivalents, and I would recommend that you be in the process of taking English 11.

I will not forbid you from taking this course if you do not have these requirements, but I will hold all students to the same high standards. I expect proper English in all our correspondence. You don't need to be formal, but no lazy typing: no "u" for "you", "2" for "to", or lack of capitalization allowed.

This is a basic survey course we will not be covering everything there is to cover in American Literature! While we will touch briefly on the Colonial period, most of our reading will concern Romanticism (including Transcendentalism) and Realism. Our readings will span from about 1650 to 1900. There is no half-credit option for this course.

If at any point you are having difficulty understanding the course material or locating information, please contact me for help. To ask a general question use the form at the bottom of the page. To ask a question about a specific lesson use the form at the bottom of that lesson page. Your ideas and suggestions are always welcomed and appreciated.

Be sure to send me any words you needed to look up. If enough students send in the same word, I'll add it to the vocabulary list for that lesson.