American Literature Honors

Course Number: 136/137

Open To:
Grade 11

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement.
Satisfies one year of the English graduation requirement. This course will carry a .5 honors point rather than 1 pt.

Course Description:
American Literature Honors is a year-long course taught at an honors level that offers students an opportunity for in-depth analysis of American Literature at an accelerated pace. The concept and philosophy of independent thought is routinely examined and explored through a rigorous curriculum of traditional and modern texts, and reflective and analytical writing opportunities. Students will explore the nuances of writing throughout the different eras in American history, focusing on the attitudes that shaped the writing of the time. It is assumed that students who enroll in this course have strong reading comprehension skills and demonstrate competency in written literary analysis. Students will also be introduced to literary criticism. This class should be considered as an introduction to college-level thinking, reading, and writing. Learning objectives are rooted in the Common Core standards for the state of California.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry ISBN# 978-0-679-75533-3
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ISBN#9798745274824
  • In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez ISBN# 9781565129764

* Additional books for the course will be identified on the syllabus.
* This course offers a student choice-driven unit where students select a book to read and analyze.

Supplemental texts will be provided in PDF format by the instructor.

Note: Summer Reading Texts are by grade level and are posted in May.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Completion of World Literature Honors with a “B” OR
World Literature with an “A” for both semesters.