American Literature – Semester One - 0.5 credits
Mr. Williams Room 121
Basic Texts: The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, Native Son, A Raisin in the Sun, Nigger, The Grapes of Wrath, Death of a Salesman, and Our Town .
We will be studying the changes in American culture over time from a literary perspective. Art imitates life. Students will be closely analyzing literature using reading journals and analytical essays. We will emphasize the “writing process” approach (Pre-writing, drafting, peer editing, revising, more editing, revising. . . ) A typical class will involve a discussion of the assigned literature, reading some drama, analytical activities, and some in class writing.
Extra Help If you need it, come and get it. Red 4, White 4 and before/after school.
Expectations/Requirements for Your Success:
-Strong critical reading skills, you will be analyzing some difficult material.
- Expect 35+ pages/ an hour of preparation for each class(weekend assignments may be longer.)
- You must have a three ring binder (or a folder for your handouts) and some type of filing system at home - this is very important come final exam time.
-You are expected to be in class, on time, with your class materials and completed homework , and a writing implement. Meeting these basic expectations is a major factor in your participation grade.
-Participate! It is part of your daily grade! If you do not participate your grade will suffer, and you will not enjoy yourself.