American Literature eBook Excellence in Literature


American Literature (English 3) is a one year, college-preparatory literature and composition course, and is the third volume of the Excellence in Literature curriculum.

Visit the print edition page for a full description.

Downloadable eBook: 154 pages


The American Literature ebook contains the same text as the print edition of the book. American Literature is also known as English 3, and is the third volume of the Excellence in Literature curriculum. You can read a full description of the book and its contents at the print edition page, but here is a reading list of the books that will be studied at this level.

Reading List for Excellence in Literature’s American Literature eBook

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

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.

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.

Get the print book and ebook together for just a bit more.

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.



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