American Literature B

Why Take This Course?

In order to improve our society, we must truly understand it. Studying American literature helps us do just that.

Authors like Ernest Hemingway help students understand American society in American Literature - B.

Authors like Ernest Hemingway help students understand American society in American Literature – B.

Additionally, American literature contains some of the most influential and persuasive rhetoric the world has ever seen. By analyzing the technical aspects of famous American poetry, essays, short stories and novels, we learn how to improve our own rhetoric in these same areas.

Students who diligently study great works of American literature will gain a deeper sense of the human condition, the American character and their own lives. They will also be more prepared to influence each of these in the future.

This course has four sections, roughly one month each. These are the questions we ask when studying this subject.

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
What is Progressive Era Literature?What is Modern Literature?What is Postmodern Literature?What is Contemporary Literature?
What can I learn from Theodore Roosevelt's The Strenuous Life about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from The Crucible about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from contemporary short stories about America, humanity, and myself?
What can I learn from Woodrow Wilson's What is Progress? about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from Anthem about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from contemporary poetry about America and myself?
What can I learn from Helen Keller's The Story of My Life about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from the writings of Ernest Hemingway about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail about America, humanity, and myself?How do authors' lives influence their writings?
What can I learn from Willa Cather's Neighbour Rosicky about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from modern poetry about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from To Kill a Mockingbird about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from my chosen contemporary book about the literary characteristics of today?
Why should I study American Literature?What can I learn from William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily about America, humanity, and myself?What can I learn from Postmodern Poetry about America and myself?
What can I learn from Flannery O'Connor's Revelation about America, humanity, and myself?

Texts for Live Course

AuthorTitle
Scott F. Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird
Arthur MillerThe Crucible

Texts & Materials for the Self-Paced Version

  • The Old Man & The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand

Details

  • Recommended Grade: 10th (Sophomore)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 5 Hours / Honors: 7 Hours
  • Format: Live / Self-Paced
  • Credits: 0.5
 

*We recommend students take this course in conjunction with U.S. History B.

*We recommend students take American Lit A before taking this course.

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