American Lit. B
Welcome to part two of American Literature!
This course is a continuation of American Lit. A, which picks up with works from the mid 1800s and concludes with modern literature of the 1950s and 1960s. Students are required to pass both sections of American Lit. in order to acquire English course credits for graduation.
American Lit. B Syllabus:
The emphasis in American Literature is on persuasion and summarizing skills. The final course grade will be calculated using the following assessments: differentiated writing assignments, an on-going time-line, unit tests, a comprehensive portfolio, and a final exam.
Unit Four*: Anti-Transcendentalism and the Civil War
· Hawthorne The Minister's Black Veil
· Douglass My Bondage and My Freedom
· Bierce An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
· Lincoln The Gettysburg Address and/or Second Inaugural Address
· Primary Sources: (Comparing literary works of diaries, journals, letters,
and nonfiction accounts by Mary Chesnut, Warren Lee Goss, Randolph
McKim, Stonewall Jackson, Rev. Henry M. Turner, and Sojourner Truth)
Unit Five: Realism, Naturalism, and Regionalism
Unit Six: Modernism
o William Carlos Williams
o Ezra Pound
o H. D.
· Short stories:
o Hemingway "In Another Country"
o Sherwood Anderson "The Corn Planting"
o Eudora Welty "A Worn Path"
"The Turtle" from The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
· Novel: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
· Poetry of Robert Frost
o "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
o "Mending Wall"
o "Out, Out - " and "Birches"
*Units one, two, and three are covered in American Lit. A.