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American Literature

American Literature will be approached in a chronological order (Colonial/Revolutionary, Nationalistic, Romantic, Naturalistic/Realistic, Modern, Postmodern) with the goal of understanding the underlying beliefs of each period and the famous authors/writings that represent them as well as literary terms and other items covered on the Georgia End of Course Test. Students will read, discuss and respond in writing to literature by and about American authors.


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Students who actively study will learn and retain information longer. Active studying also helps you stay more alert and be more productive while learning new information. What is active studying? It can be anything that gets you to interact with the material you are studying.

Here are a few suggestions:

  •  Carefully read the information and then DO something with it. Mark the important material with a highlighter, circle it with a pen, write notes on it, or summarize the information in your own words.
  •  Ask questions. As you study, questions often come into your mind. Write them and actively seek the answers.
  •  Create sample test questions and answer them.
  •  Find a friend  and quiz each other.

American Literature texts

The  enrollment key for the class is  EmilyDickinson.

1ST 9 WEEK PROJECT- Choose a book  written by an American author.

Do a double entry journal AS YOU READ and turn one in every Friday until the book is finished. Remember that you are reading for an arguable thesis and project about the  culture.

2ND 9 WEEK PROJECTS- an interactive presentation that relates to the book and teaches the class something about the culture/ an analysis essay based on a thesis from you double entry journal (These can be presented and turned in at any time, even during the first 9 weeks.)


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All FINAL drafts of writings and your projects need to be published on your portfolio.


There is a state end of course test for this class.  You can practice on USATestPrep.

You need to login to USATestPrep and enroll in the American Literature class.


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Read colonial background


Read John Smith


Read Upon the Burning of Our House  Take quiz

Write a thesis with an integrated quotation and work cited.



Read Phyllis Wheatley   Take quiz


Read Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God  Take quiz


Read Sarah Kemble Knight's journal  Take quiz


Read Patrick Henry'sGive Me Liberty speech.  Take quiz.


Write and present a persuasive speech.


Read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow excerpts to write about the humor in the story.


Read Deerslayer write a definition or comparison/contrast of American Heroes



Read Dickinson's poems and try one of your own., 


Read Emerson 's essay "Nature"

Reformat the following excerpt from the essay into a poem. Add an appropriate title and illustration.


Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear. In the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. In the wood we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life,--no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground,--my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space,--all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God.
The name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental: to be brothers, to be acquaintances, master or servant, is then a trifle and a disturbance. I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature.




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