American Literature

Course Number: 108/109

Open To:
Grade 11

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement.
Satisfies one year of the English graduation requirement.

Course Description:
American Literature is a year-long course required of all eleventh-grade students. The course explores some of the traditions, innovations, and complexities of writing in the Americas. Students will read varied selections from American authors in order to gain insight into the heritage of our country’s literature. 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. Emphasis is given to reading comprehension and analysis of these works in discussion, projects, essays, and exams. Students will use critical thinking skills, as modeled by their teacher, and will apply them to assignments independently and in cooperative-learning groups. Students will be challenged to develop their skills through class discussion, writing assignments, creative projects, oral presentations, and writing workshops. The writing focus is designed to prepare students for college-level writing requirements. Learning objectives are rooted in the Common Core standards for the state of California. This is a college preparatory course.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ISBN# 978-0-316-76948-8
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ISBN#9798745274824
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry ISBN# 978-0-679-75533-3
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne ISBN# 9780451531353
  • In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez ISBN# 9781565129764 - This book is a summer reading assignment.

Additional 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