11th American Literature
Course Overview The ultimate goals for this class are to expose students to American culture, heritage, and history through study of our literature; and, to continue advancement towards more mature, refined writing skills. Essential Questions and Skills Students will explore the following essential questions: • What are the different qualities that poems, stories, and plays should share to be appropriate for an American literature course? • What does it mean to be an ‘American’? • What is the proverbial ‘American Dream’? Does everyone have the equal opportunity to pursue the ‘American Dream’? • How are my cultural heritage and the heritage of my country reflected in American literature? • How do my cultural heritage and the heritage of my country contribute to who I am? • How can writing help me comprehend, explore, and learn from what I read? Students will develop the following skills: • Students will be able to adapt language, voice, and style in writing and speaking to effectively communicate ideas. • Students will be able to use writing and speaking as an effective tool to influence others and enact change. • Students will be able to maturely comprehend and analyze works of literature to generate insightful ideas about themselves, their cultural history, and their world.
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