English Credit – Grade Level: 11 – year-long, 1 credit
In a survey of American literature beginning with oral narratives which have their origins in the times before Columbus, this course continues to develop students’ reading skills, emphasizing close reading and thematic connections between works. Students will become acquainted with important currents in American literary and philosophical thought; literary conventions and stylistic devices will receive greater emphasis than in the previous courses. Students will continue to develop their vocabulary and review English grammar, building writing skills with an emphasis on clear, logical writing patterns, word choices, and usage. Students write multi-page essays, including creative works that reflect concepts studied in class, and begin to learn the techniques of writing research papers. Authors studied will include William Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mat Johnson, and others, including relevant contemporary works of nonfiction.
Honors: In a course that is integrated with the general American Literature, students read assigned works on their own and post weekly mini-essays on a blog and respond to others’ work. Students are required to write an additional essay a quarter and also may have more complex requirements for assignments given to the whole class. Additional works assigned may include: Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Lahiri’s The Namesake, Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.