Exploring American Literature
Teacher: John Jenkins
American Literature is an essential element in being prepared for the rigors of high school and college thinking, but also in obtaining a critical insight to the importance of classic literature in our lives both as students and adults. This class will explore a broad range of material, in each of the major literary periods that frame the authors lives, their times, and their themes as related to the growth and development of our nation, to include: Irving, Hawthorne, Poe, Bierce, Shaefer, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Asimov and Wilder. A sample of works examined in this class include:
The Devil and Tom WalkerThe Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Tell Tale HeartThe Fall of the House of UsherThe BirthmarkThe Scarlet LetterShaneAn Occurrence at Owl Creek BridgeThe Ice PalaceThe Great GatsbyA Clean Well-Lighted PlaceThe Old Man and the SeaNightfallOur Town
In this class, students will learn 1) the historical context of American Literature from the founding of our nations to the 20th century, 2) the themes and worldviews of the authors, 3) the fundamentals of literary analysis (including literary devices) and apply their knowledge through class discussions and presentations, key quote analysis, short and long answers.
Prerequisite: Appropriate reading speed and comprehension skills for age level, can use Microsoft Word or equivalent, including footnotes, and conduct computer research and typing. Reading schedule can include 20-60 pages of guided reading per week, including book mark-ups and quote selections. Teacher will order all books. Willingness to discuss required prewriting analysis and writing assignment results in class.
Material/copy fee: $25 + $35 for paperback books that teacher will order = $70
Instructor: John J
Minimum enrollment requirement: 8
Course Length: 1 hour per week / 30 weeks / year-long
Cost: $350 + $70 material fee = $420 per year