American Literature: Classics

Course Length: Full year   |   Suggested Grade Level(s): 11, 12

In this course, students explore the thoughts and feelings of those who have lived on this land that we now call the United States. Through fiction, essays, and poetry, students will experience the events that shaped the past and influence the present. In the process, they will gain a fuller understanding of the unique heritage and vision of the American people.

Each literary work is a window into the real-life issues experienced in the past and today. Active reading and critical evaluation is emphasized. Students refine composition and presentation skills by writing essays (expository, interpretive, comparative), interviews, short stories, and speeches.