Course Description: The English 11 full-year American Literature program is a survey of major American writers from colonial times to the modern day. Core texts include: The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, Ethan Frome, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men or The Grapes of Wrath, The Catcher in the Rye, and A Raisin in the Sun. These works are richly supplemented by various short stories poems and essays as teachers emphasize close reading of the texts and use of evidence and detail in writing. In this course students explore the essential questions, What does it mean to be American? and How does the American Dream change over particular literary and historical periods? Students write critical and creative paper related to each work studied, broaden their vocabulary to prepare for the PSAT and SAT exams, and learn more sophisticated sentence structures while working on correct usage and mechanics. A crucial aspect of the junior year curriculum is the successful completion of a research paper of the American Experiences.
What does it mean to be American
How has the American Dream changed over various historical and cultural periods?