English II, American Literature
American Literature seeks
to develop studentsí awareness of major works of American literature and
culture. Additionally, the course continues to build upon the conventions
and skills of reading, writing, speech, and research begun in the freshmen
English 13510 is a survey
course in American Literature. Course work is organized according to
chronology or conceptual themes. Students are given a broad overview of the
literature of America, the eras that gave rise to the literature, and the
contributions of various groups that have influenced American culture and
literary arts. Core texts in American Literature will be either The
Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, The Crucible by Arthur
Miller, or A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. Students will
receive instruction in composition including argument, exposition, and
research with MLA document. Additionally, students will use grammar skills
provided through formal instruction and reading strategies developed through
the Chicago Reading Initiative.
State Goal 1: Read with
understanding and fluency
State Goal 2: Read and
understand literature representative of various societies, eras and ideas.
State Goal 3: Write to
communicate for a variety of purposes.
State Goal 4: Listen and
speak effectively in a variety of situations.
State Goal 5: Use the
language arts to acquire, assess and communicate information.
The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, The
Crucible by Arthur Miller, or A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest
selected works from Literature and Language
selections of canonical texts
selections of multicultural contemporary texts