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American Literature: Sailors, Poets & Farmers

American Literature: Sailors, Poets & Farmers
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09/06/2021 - 05/14/2022
Full Year
1.0 credits in Humanities
Grades 10-12

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About the course

This course is designed to prepare the student for college-level literary analysis and writing. The work will involve close reading and discussion of chronological selections from American works, including novels, plays, poems, short stories and essays. Students will be assigned weekly reading, videos, and relevant reading questions for class discussion. Class discussion will also include a brief grammar review each week. Two 500 word essays are assigned per quarter. Grades are given for first and final drafts and require one teacher conference per essay. By the time the student completes this course, he will be able to analyze literary devices and techniques and communicate how they contribute to the overall meaning of the work. The goals of the course are to develop increasingly independent readers and competent analytical writers.

Course Objectives:

  1. Implement clear organization and development, as well as clear and varied sentence structure, in both informal and formal writing.
  2. Move effectively through the stages of the writing process, with careful attention to inquiry and research, drafting, revising, editing, and review.
  3. Learn and master the revision process using peer review and teacher conferences.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the conventions of citing primary and secondary source material using MLA documentation standards.
  5. Study representative works from different genres and literary eras from the nineteenth to the twentieth century.
  6. Consider each work’s structure, style, theme, and purpose.
  7. Recognize the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.
  8. Recognize and analyze a work for its literary devices.


About the teacher

Christine Norvell Christine holds a B.A. in English Education from Oral Roberts University and a Masters in Humanities from Faulkner University. She has taught middle school and high school English in public, classical, and homeschool worlds for 20 years.