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American Literature: English 3

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In American Literature, you will study:

  • Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
  • Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and selected works by Longfellow
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Spiral bound; 8.5 x 11″; 168 pages

Product Description

American Literature (English 3) is the third volume of the Excellence in Literature curriculum.

What does American Literature cover?

American Literature is a college-preparatory literature and composition course. Focus works, including novels, short stories, poems, and drama, have been selected for literary quality, and for their place in the historical development of literature. Context readings provide background information about the author, the historical period, and the literary and artistic context of the focus work.

Students will gain an understanding of the development of literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays, approach papers, and other evaluative writing.

“Students completing these courses should be miles ahead of most of their high school contemporaries in their ability to read and analyze literature at a sophisticated level. 

The challenging writing assignments also promise to develop student skills in composition to a high level.”

From a detailed review by Cathy Duffy

Objectives

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Possess a broad knowledge of the history and development of American literature.
  • Have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the periods studied.
  • Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works.
  • Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
  • Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics.

What does American Literature include?

Self-directed: Like all the volumes of the Excellence in Literature curriculum, American Literature is written mostly to the student. The book begins by introducing the purpose and focus of the curriculum, then go on to provide information that will be useful as students work through the modules, including chapters on How to Read a Book and How to Write an Essay, as well as Discerning Worldview through Literary Periods.

Formats and Models: This chapter provides detailed instructions for each type of paper, along with a student-written model so parents and students can see exactly what is expected.

Honors: In the listing below, the highlighted book is the focus text, and the honors book is optional additional reading for students who want to earn an honors grade or prepare for a CLEP. A brief chapter in each book provides instructions for the additional writing that will round out the honors grade.

Following the nine modules that outline readings and a week-by-week lesson plan for each of the classic works being studied, you will find reference resources, including instructions for evaluation, reproducible rubric and assignment sheets, and more. You can see an annotated listing of each of the introductory and reference chapters at the “What is included in Excellence in Literature” post.

Module 1: Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

Honors: The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson

Letters From An American Farmer by J. Hector St. John De Crevecoeur

Module 2: Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and selected works by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Honors: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., The Life of George Washington, or Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving

Module 3: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Honors: The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper

Module 4: The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Honors: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Walden by Henry David Thoreau (if you didn’t read it in English II)

Module 5: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Honors: Billy Budd by Herman Melville

Module 6: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Honors: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Module 7: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Honors: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Daisy Miller by Henry James

Module 8: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Honors: My Antonia by Willa Cather

Module 9: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Honors: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Visit my blog to read about how I chose the literature for Excellence in Literature. This link will open in a new tab, so you don’t have to worry about losing your place here.

Best value: Get the print book and ebook together!

You and your student will have the print book for reference and evaluation, but the student will be able to view the modules online, and click links (on most computers) to the context resources, rather than typing out the URLs.

Don’t forget! This book also comes in an ebook edition, as well as a print and ebook bundle.

Click each title below for a detailed description of the study guide.

Introduction to Literature (English 1) 
Literature and Composition (English 2)
American Literature (English 3)
British Literature (English 4)
World Literature (English 5)
The Complete Curriculum: Literature and Writing for Grades 8-12
Handbook for Writers

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