American Literature

 Level: 9th-12th grade
Pre-requisite: General knowledge of US History is recommended. Alternatively, students may elect to take the American History class immediately preceding this literature class on the schedule.

*Students will need to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer during the summer or before November.

Credit: 1 high school English credit
Class limit: 10 students
Class minimum: 4 students
Price: $35.50 per 2 hour class

16 classes/semester = $568/semester

for a total of $1,136 per year


Note: This is a two-semester class

Payable in 9 monthly payments or 2 semester payments
Schedule: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Description: American Literature: To see America’s history through her literary classics and respond in oral and written form. We will cover short stories, poetry, prose, and novels from each major American time period and literary movement. The writing assignments will include literary analysis essays, creative writing projects, and a position/research paper. I will also teach the literary analysis method laid out by Lesha Myers in the IEW text, Windows to the World: An Introduction to Literary Analysis
Honors Option: Students who pursue the literature Honors option will read an additional novel and write an accompanying literary analysis essay per semester. The Honors student’s level of completed work must be on a high level of rhetoric (reasoning and writing).
Novels: I have purposely avoided the most controversial novels read by high school students in literature classes. Instead I have chosen those rich in examples and non-examples from which students can learn. Our dialogues will include literary criticism and character evaluation based on the precepts of God’s word and how reading quality literature can help a Christian’s thought and walk.

(Required novels provided by Powers Classical School.)

The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Twain

*Students will need to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer during the summer or before November.

The Call of the Wild by London

Our Town by Wilder

The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald

To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee

The Giver by Lowry

Optional Honors novels/plays:

A Raisin in the Sun by Hansberry

1984 by Orwell

Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography

Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Pearl by Steinbeck (For 9th graders only)

Texts to be Used

(Good used copies will be supplied by Powers Classical School, and are to be returned at the end of the school year.)

ABeka’s American Literature Classics for Christians, Volume 5, 3rd Edition

College-level American literature anthologies, like Norton’s

College-level American literature anthologies, like Norton’s