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Honors American Literature Curriculum

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Transcript of Honors American Literature Curriculum

Transcendentalism
Novels
Uncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Why Read Moby Dick?
by Nathaniel Philbrick (as well as Contemporary)
Poems
The New Colossus
by Emma Lazarus
There is a flower that bees prefer
by Emily Dickinson
The Properly Scholarly Attitude
by Adelaide Crapsey
group of cinquain poems by Crapsey
Non-fiction
American Scholar
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walking
Thoreau
Short Stories
Excerpt from
Moby Dick
by Herman Melville
Excerpt from
Nature
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Movie
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron directed by Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook
Film: Spirit -Stallion of the Cimarron
By: Connor Bondarchuk, Heather Huminski, and Madeline Gould
American Literature - Honors: Curriculum
Streamlined

Criteria

Main Focus: Works with literary merit as well as those that are important for their subject or content.

(2): Show struggles as well as successes
(3): Diversity of culture, race, class, and gender
(4): Representing a variety of genres
(5): Works that were impacted by the time period or that greatly impacted the future.
Eras
Transcendentalism
1840-1855
Realism
1865-1915
Contemporary
1946-today
The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair
The Failure of the American Dream

War, Adaptation, and Disillusionment

The Elusiveness of Opportunity

Ignorance, Discrimination and the American Experience
An Introduction:
What is American Literature?
MAIN TOPICS OF INTEREST:
Contemporary

19th century to present day
Contemporary
Novels
Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin
Catch 22
by Joseph Heller

Poems
Harlem
by Langston Hughes
Thanks
by Yesef Komunyakaa
Be like the Cactus
by Kimii Nagata

Non-fiction
Transcendentalist Attitudes Toward Drama
by Lucile Gafford
Our Invisible Poor
by Dwight MacDonald

Short Stories
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
For Esme- with Love and Squalor by J.D. Salinger

Movie
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee written by Daniel Giat
Advance and enrich students with works of literature that represent American history and culture.
Interweave three distinct time periods to create a complex and rich network of works of profound literary merit.
Conclusion: Course Objectives
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Why Read Moby Dick?
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Other Transcendentalist Works
Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin
A Little More About the Eras
Catch 22
by Joseph Heller
Other Contemporary Works
Our Invisible Poor
For Esmé - with Love and Squalor
Harlem: A Dream Deferred
- Langston Hughes
Ray Bradbury - author of "The Veldt"
Yusef Komunyakaa - "Thanks"
Japanese Internment -
Inspiration for "Be Like a Cactus"
Film: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Henry David Thoreau - "Walking"
"The American Scholar"
Emily Dickinson
"There is a Flower that Bees Prefer"
Adelaide Crapsey -
The Cinquain & "The Properly Scholarly Attitude"
Emma Lazurus- "The New Colossus"
East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
Excerpt from

Moby Dick
Other Realist Works
Street in Packingtown by Willa Sibert Cather
Richard Johnston - a "New South" writer
"The Hotel Experience of Mr. Pink Fluker"
Photo from "How the Other Half Lives" by Jacob Riis
Play:
Death of a Salesman

Transcendentalism: Intuition, individuality, divinity of nature
*Anti-Transcendentalism: Humans are inherently evil



Realism: Emphasis on actuality and everyday occurrences belief that humans were not divine




Contemporary: "Salad bowl"

Era One:
TRANSCENDENTALISM

1840-1855
Era Two:
REALISM
1865-1900
Era Three:
CONTEMPORARY
1946-present
Warm Summer Sun by Mark Twain
Paul Laurence Dunbar- "A Choice"
The Chinese Exclusion Act -
The American Government
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