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Am Lit 10

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This course examines American literature from a variety of perspectives and with a variety of themes.  Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which literature shapes the American identity. We will also look at argumentation and rhetoric and read and produce a variety of written forms such as poetry, analysis, argument, and narrative.
American Literature
How does literature reflect and influence our identity as Americans?
War and Violence
8 Weeks
Civil Discourse and Disobedience
8 Weeks
Our America
8 Weeks
Units
The American Dream
8 Weeks
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When is it appropriate to disobey authority? How do we engage when we fear embarrassment? How can we respectfully disagree? What's the difference between discussing and ranting?
Civil Discourse and Disobedience
8 Weeks
Our America
8 Weeks
How have diversity and marginalization in American society shaped our country and its art and literature? What does it mean to be free in America? How do we identify ourselves as Americans?
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What is the American Dream, and is it attainable for everyone? How has the American Dream been portrayed in our literature? Who is free to pursue their American Dream?
The American Dream
8 Weeks
War and Violence
8 Weeks
What does conflict in our history and contemporary events say about America? How has violence been portrayed in our literature? Is freedom worth fighting for, and if so, to what extent?
Competencies
Competency Assessments
Literary Analysis Essays (1/semester) Personal Narrative Argumentation Essay/Inquiry Paper Synthesis Essay Vocabulary Summative Tests (1/semester)
Writing
Group Communication Project Individual Communication Project (Total of 3/year)
Communication
Cold Reading Tests Reading Projects Vocabulary Summative Tests
Reading
Formal/process writing assignments Group and individual projects Close Reading Poetry Analysis Reading Journals Reader Responses Scheduled and surprise quizzes Formal Tests/Exam
Methods
Class, small group, partner discussions In-class and homework readings In-class and homework informal writings
Skills Research Analysis Critical Thinking Speaking Writing Critical Reading