American Literature

Course Number: 108/109

Open To:
Grade 11

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement.
Satisfies one year of the English graduation requirement.

Course Description:
American Literature is a year-long course required of all eleventh grade students. The course explores some of the traditions, innovations, and complexities of writing in the Americas. Students will read varied selections from American authors in order to gain insight into the heritage of our country’s literature. Students will explore the nuances of writing throughout the different eras in American history, focusing on the attitudes that shaped the writing of the time. Emphasis is given to reading comprehension and analysis of these works in discussion, projects, essays, and exams. Students will use critical thinking skills, as modeled by their teacher, and will apply them to assignments independently and in cooperative-learning groups. Students will be challenged to develop their skills through class discussion, writing assignments, creative projects, oral presentations and writing workshops. The writing focus is designed to prepare students for college level writing requirements. Learning objectives are rooted in the Common Core standards for the state of California. This is a college preparatory course.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. ISBN: 978-0451531353
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. ISBN: 978-0393966402
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. ISBN: 978-0743273567
  • Other texts will provided in PDF format by instructor

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
None