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English 3A

Course Description

American literature from its beginnings to the twentieth century. Lessons are arranged in chronological order, beginning with the literature of the Americas and Native Americans and continuing through the post-Civil War period The lessons contain substantial writing components, which include practice in standard modes of writing, a formal essay of literary analysis, and a formal research paper. Development of grammatical skills is encouraged through writing. Assignments incorporate exercises for vocabulary development. Readings include nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, and a full-length novel.

Required Course Materials

  • The Language of Literature: American Literature. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2000., ISBN 0-395-93181-9
  • A copy of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. There are several versions available, such as the 1998 edition by Warner Books (ISBN 0-446-31078-6). However, any standard version of this text is acceptable.
  • A copy of the movie The Crucible (1996) and access to a videocassette recorder (VCR) or DVD player to view the movie. You may obtain a copy of the movie from your local library or your local video store.

Course Lesson Organization

Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.

Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. Most assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments will be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 75 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 25 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.
Format: Multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions testing literary terms, characterization, fact and opinion, cause and effect, knowledge of grammar, and vocabulary.

Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencil

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 10
Total Number of Activities: 45

Total Number of Graded Assignments: 17
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 17
Computer Graded: 0

Lesson 1: In Harmony with Nature: Native American Traditions
  Activity 1: Comparing Quotes
  Activity 2: Native American Literature
  Activity 3: "The World on the Turtle’s Back" and The Way to Rainy Mountain
  Activity 4: Matching: "Words to Know" in The Way to Rainy Mountain
Graded Assignment 1: Literary Analysis

Lesson 2: Exploration and Exploitation
  Activity 1: Of Plymouth Plantation
  Activity 2: Vocabulary Exercise: Context Clues
  Activity 3: Detail in The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
  Activity 4: Interview: Personal History
Graded Assignment 2: Literary Analysis
Graded Assignment 3: Historical Narrative

Lesson 3: From Colony to Country
  Activity 1: The Puritan Tradition
  Activity 2: "Upon the Burning of Our House"
  Activity 3: "The Examination of Sarah Good"
  Activity 4: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
  Activity 5: Revision Exercise: Sentence Combining
  Activity 6: Rewriting Sentences
Graded Assignment 4: Lesson 3 Review
Graded Assignment 5: Publicity Sentences

Lesson 4: The Conventions of Drama
  Activity 1: "The Conventions of Drama"
  Activity 2: The Crucible
  Activity 3 : Revision Exercise: Pronouns
Graded Assignment 6: Lesson 4 Review
Graded Assignment 7: Movie Review

Lesson 5: The Right to Be Free: Writers in the Time of Revolution
  Activity 1: Persuasive Rhetoric and Literature of the Revolutionary War Era
  Activity 2: Speeches on Independence
  Activity 3: Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Graded Assignment 8: Rhetorical Analysis
Graded Assignment 9: Persuasive Essay

Lesson 6: The Spirit of Individualism
  Activity 1: Inferences
  Activity 2: "Celebrations of the Self"
  Activity 3: Whitman’s Poetry
  Activity 4: "The Devil and Tom Walker"
  Activity 5: "Self-Reliance"
Graded Assignment 10: Lesson 6 Review

Lesson 7: The Dark Side of Individualism: American Gothic
  Activity 1: The Gothic Tradition
  Activity 2: "The Masque of the Red Death"
  Activity 3: Allegory in "The Masque of the Red Death"
  Activity 4: "Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment"
  Activity 5: "A Rose for Emily"
Graded Assignment 11: Lesson 7 Review
Graded Assignment 12: Writing a Short Story

Lesson 8: Conflict and Expansion
  Activity 1: "A House Divided: Slavery and the Civil War"
  Activity 2: Imagery in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
  Activity 3: Ordering Events: Flashback in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
  Activity 4: Proofreading Practice: Punctuation
  Activity 5: The Gettysburg Address
  Activity 6: Coming of Age in Mississippi
  Activity 7: Personal Reflection: Coming of Age in Mississippi and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  Activity 8: "I Will Fight No More Forever"
Graded Assignment 13: Lesson 8 Review

Lesson 9: Mark Twain: An American Legend
  Activity 1: "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
  Activity 2: Reading and Listening Exercise: Dialect
Graded Assignment 14: Mark Twain

Lesson 10: To Kill a Mockingbird
  Activity 1: KWL Charts
  Activity 2: Matching Exercise
  Activity 3: Exploring Stereotypes
  Activity 4: Comprehension Questions
  Activity 5: Multiple-Choice Quiz
Graded Assignment 15: Responses
Graded Assignment 16: Lesson 10 Review
Graded Assignment 17: Literary Analysis

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