American Literature: 1865-Present
This is an advanced, honors level course in which
the students will read, discuss, and analyze American literature written prior to 1685-present.
Literature will be discussed in historical context.
Genres to be studied include, but are not limited to the following: myth, short story, poetry, novel, essay, biography, autobiography, speech, and
narratives. Students will write both documented and original essays.
Norton Anthology of American Literature;Shorter Edition 1865-Present.
3-ring notebook (with loose leaf notebook
paper and pens);
April 30-May 7
Write final draft of research paper.
Turn in all drafts, note cards etc
Email final draft prior to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring all "stuff" to class on Tuesday!
Click button below for sample MLA paper.
Bring snacks for our Literary Cafe on Tuesday!
Take a break from your research paper: The break will give you clarity.
Read all Langston Hughes poems that are in your textbook.
Read Death of a Salesman
Do author profiles on both Langston Hughes and Arthur Miller. Download the worksheet using the Author Profile button at the bottom of this section.
1)Compose outline for research paper. Click the Outline button below to download the outline worksheet.
2) Make sure you have read The Great Gatsby
3) Read the following short stories again: "Daisy Miller" (Henry James, pg. 319) and "Desiree's Baby (Kate Chopin, pg. 439). Download the graphic organizer (see Graphic Organizer button) as many times as you need to compare and contrast the following 4 female characters: 1) Desiree Aubigny 2) Daisy Miller 3) Lily Bart 4) Daisy Buchanan Doing them 2 at a time, you will need at least 6 organizers.
Be thorough in your note-taking, including text references as support. This is not an essay, yet. You are organizing your thoughts. Be sure to include "notes"; feel free to write in the margins, as needed. (See EXAMPLE button for an example)
March 26 Homework: Take online test Password: THOM
Short Essays Due
Read The Great Gatsby
Looking Ahead: Our main units of study will be centered around these works:
Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth (not in your book-please go ahead and secure a copy.) F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby (also not in your book)
Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman (in your book- yeah)
Of course, we will be reading poems and short stories along the way.