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Honors American Literature

Course: 513

Grade Level:
Course Length:
Full Year
1 Credit
  • European Literature with 90 average or Honors European Literature with 85 average
  • Departmental Approval

Course Description:

The Honors course begins with the assumption of a greater fluidity with writing and a greater aptitude for reading comprehension and textual analysis. This course will survey the development of literature in the United States. Students will read several classic American novels and plays, in addition to a variety of prose and poetry selections from the anthology. Poetry will receive special emphasis. In addition to completing a longer, in-depth research project, students will produce narrative, literary analysis, and literary argument papers. Prior to the first day of school, students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.

Textbook/Class Resources:

9781319182694, Hacker, The Bedford Handbook: Eleventh ed., Bedford St. Martin’s, 2020

(The Bedford Handbook will be used throughout the year, and subsequent years, for many purposes. The eleventh edition is absolutely essential for classroom use.)

or 9781319361082, Hacker, The Bedford Handbook with 2020 APA Update: Eleventh ed., Bedford St. Martin’s, 2020

(This book was previously purchased for use in 9th grade and 10th grades.)

9780393918854, Baym, Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter 8th ed., Norton, 2013

9780743273565, Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby: Based on the Cambridge Critical text, Scribner & Sons, 1925

9780142437339, Miller, The Crucible, Penguin, 1995

9780451531353, Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Signet Classics, 2009