Recommended for grade 11-12
Learners in American Literature will focus on the American Dream and read literature as an expression of those higher things that make us most human: our emotions, our recognition of the need for a moral order, and our ability to experience the beauty of human existence. We will discuss theme, symbolism, story, conflict, and so much more. English 11 will focus on reading works created by American writers, including John Steinbeck, Zora Neale Hurston, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sherman Alexie, Kate Chopin, and others.We will read novels, poetry, and plays during the two semester courses and explore topics within the driving question: What can literature tell us about life? How does our background and perspective influence how we understand and interact with the world, texts, ideas, and each other? We will learn all about what makes American literature great at the same time that learners will be able to practice the art of writing, argument, and expression. We will also explore figurative language and the value of storytelling. The class emphasizes the importance of logic and flow in writing with a particular focus on persuasive writing which is useful in everyday life! All Content is aligned with the Common Core Standards for English.
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