American Literature Texts
In American Literature, students will study nine full-length works of fiction and associated context resources. Students who choose the Honors option will read eighteen full-length works of fiction, including prose, poetry, drama, and more. A brief chapter in the study guide provides instructions for the additional writing that will round out the honors grade.
Each of the American Literature texts below is linked to my preferred edition at Amazon (you can read my criteria for a good edition). These are affiliate links, of course — that means I get a few cents from each book purchase, but it doesn’t change your cost at all. You can learn more about the entire curriculum at the Excellence in Literature curriculum home page.
Texts for American Literature
Module 1: Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
Module 2: Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
and selected works by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Most of the assigned Longfellow material is included in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems & Other Writings and the rest can be found on our website.)
Honors: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., The Life of George Washington, or Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving (these texts included in the focus text)
Module 3: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Module 5: Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Honors: Billy Budd by Herman Melville
(Oxford World’s Classics edition or other; NOT Modern Library)
Honors: My Antoniå by Willa Cather
Honors: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
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Additional Suggested Resources
Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers
The Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers is a reference book that includes instructions on how to construct logical arguments (theses), write essays, and work with grammar, punctuation, and style. 420 pages, paperback.