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CP English 11

Welcome to CP American Literature


In this class, you will learn to read and write LIKE NEVER BEFORE. Through careful reading of important American literature, you will gain an in-depth understanding of American history and the ideas that continue to shape our history. Hence, you will have a better understanding of what it means to be an American as well as an awareness of the writing, events, and philosophies that shaped history. I hope you come to recognize that you couldn’t have lived fully without taking this class, and I hope the class prompts you to learn even more.

What we will do, broadly:
  1. Identify the important time periods in American literature and explain how the philosophies underlying those periods shaped our history and continue to influence our future.
  2. Analyze the literary elements in literature and support how various elements such as imagery, symbols, figurative language, organization, diction, sentence structure, and details create the style and tone of a work.
  3. Analyze the narrative structure of a novel and explain how structure and point of view contribute to meaning.

As you may know, this is a difficult and challenging college preparatory course. To earn an ‘A’ in the class, then, you must demonstrate exemplary achievement of the objectives for each unit. The objectives and an assessment rubric will be visited many times during a unit of study.

Any paper or assignment may be resubmitted, but only when and if substantially revised. You are responsible for contacting me if you cannot turn in work by the due date. I will place all assignments and handouts that I have made in my teacher’s public folder.

I will allow two extra credit journals of 3 pages each per quarter. You may submit as many as you wish, but only 10 points of extra credit will be given per quarter.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this class and find this year to be your very best year of school.





Unit Syllabus 2012



CP American Literature Course Syllabus



Mrs. Rankin



First Semester





All handouts and assignments can be accessed in the gaggle homework drop box for 11th English.



Early American History



Reading: Prentice Hall Literature textbook - Introduction to text and selections by John Smith, William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, Jonathan Edwards, and Edward Taylor



Assignments: Research paper, Poetry Analysis, Comparison/Contrast Essay



Arthur Miller and The Crucible



Reading: The Crucible paperback and handouts in teacher folder online



Assignments: Daily reading questions and weekly summaries, irony study, Theme Analysis paper, Allegory Project



The Age of Reason



Reading: Prentice Hall Literature textbook – Introduction to the Revolutionary Period, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry



Assignments: Research paper (a scientist of the Enlightenment), Reading Questions, Tone Analysis Paper, Political Action Summary



The Romantic Era



Reading: Prentice Hall Literature textbook – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau. Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe



Assignments: Quotation Analysis, Reading Questions, Romantic Scrapbook, Poetry Analysis Paper











Second Semester Units



The Rise of Naturalism, Regionalism, and Realism and Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome



The Modern Era and The Great Gatsby



The American Novel, Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying