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American Literature

Course Description

A chronological and thematic survey of American literature from Native American to contemporary times. Students study representative works from each major literary period in relations to corresponding social and political events and issues. Elements of the humanities are also included to provide further insight to each era. The course also includes the following instructional components: vocabulary, the writing process, including writing about literature and research skills. Integration with other curricula, especially History-Social Science, will be encouraged at all levels.
The student will:
1. Gain insight to the major ideals and beliefs which guided the developing American nation and serve as a common heritage for modern America.
2. Develop an understanding of literature and art as reflections of social and political events and issues.
3. Recognize the major literacy periods and genres in the development of American literature.
4. Understand and practice the writing process as defined in the California Language Arts Standards in a variety of modes.
5. Expand vocabulary, grammar, and research writing skills through directed and independent study.

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