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Instructor: Erin Fielding


Course Description: This class is designed to follow the history of American literature through time. As a class, we will explore how each period affected the literature produced as well as learn literary analysis skills. This class will be relatively heavy on at-home reading. We will cover a variety of short stories and poems, plus students will need to read one full novel during the year.  There will be a minimal number of in-class quizzes/tests. The curriculum marries well with the American History class I teach, but can also be taken independently.

Course Objectives: Things we will cover include:

  • Topic versus Theme

  • Point of View

  • Figurative Language

  • Elements of Poetry

  • Dialect

  • Conflict, Etc.

Grade Level: 9th-12th

Class Time: Tuesday 1:15PM-2:30PM

Course Duration: Full Year

Required Book(s): I do not require my students to purchase a textbook for this course.  I will use American Literature by Whit Jones, PhD as a resource. I will provide physical copies of some texts. Others may need to be borrowed from the library, read online through free services (such as Project Gutenberg), or purchased.  Reading list TBD.

Required Materials(s):

  • 1 inch binder

  • Pens and/or pencils

  • Highlighters

  • Post-it Tabs

  • Planner for keeping track of homework/readings/tests

Supply Fee: $25 (for copies of class notes, homework, quizzes, and tests)

Classroom Expectations:

  • Come to class ready to do hard things!

  • Be respectful of everyone in the classroom (this includes staying off of your phone during class time)

  • Keep up with your work outside of class.

  • Please let me know if you will be absent ahead of time if possible.

Grading Policies: All homework will be provided each week through; Attendance & Participation: 10%, Homework: 65%, Tests: 25%

Grading Scale: 100%-90% A, 89%-80% B, 79%-70% C, 69%-60% D, 59%-0% F

American Literature (2024-2025)

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