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HS American Literature



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Over the course of the year, we will journey through the different literary periods of American Literature. By using these literary works, we will examine our country’s diverse heritage and culture from the perspective of men and women who have shaped our country through their writing.

 • We will analyze novels, short stories, essays, plays, political cartoons, and poetry.

 • Reading time will vary among students.

 • Strong opinions, thought-provoking questions and interesting ideas are welcomed and encouraged!

 • Students will learn how to annotate and analyze a work of literature, a valuable skill for collegiate writing and improved comprehension. 

*Summer & winter break reading WILL BE REQUIRED. 

**Parents are strongly recommended to preview all books for content. While I am not selecting any books uncommon to HS level literature classes, we will be addressing challenging topics. Please be mindful that the material is appropriate for your unique student. 

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PLEASE ORDER THE EXACT BOOKS WITH THE ISBN LISTED BELOW. IT HELPS IF WE ARE ALL LITERALLY ON THE SAME PAGE. The rest of the literature options will be sent online or given out in class by the teacher. 

Wonder by R J Palacio 

any issue as long as it is unabridged

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 

ISBN 0-553-21009-2

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 

any issue as long as it is unabridged

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

ISBN-13: 978-0-7432-7356-5


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  

ISBN: 987-0-446-31078-9 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Any unabridged version

The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett Graff


Students should have prior experience with essay writing in MLA format with Works Cited. If your students has not had essay writing experience, our suggestion is Mrs. Cox’s essay class before taking this one. Assorted novels will be required. At the bottom of this section, I have provided ISBN numbers. There will be weekly homework. We will also be doing creative writing and literary analysis.

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