DHS English 11: American Literature

The American Literature course provides a survey of American literature. Students improve their critical-thinking skills as they determine the underlying assumptions and values within the selected works and as they understand how the literature reflects the society of the time. Oral discussion is an integral part of literature courses, and written compositions are required. Representative authors include Bradford, Franklin, Paine, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, Sandburg, and Frost. Fiction from Hawthorne, Poe, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Anderson, and other significant figures will be presented, plus drama from Wilder. Compositions will be assigned to teach writing structure and to provide additional analytical opportunities. 

Summer Reading 
Four Great American Classics (ISBN: 9780553213621)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Adventures in American Literature, HBJ, 1989 (ISBN: 0153348542)

Required Reading
Four Great American Classics (ISBN: 9780553213621) 
The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane 
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville (ISBN: 9780895986832)
The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald (ISBN: 9780743273565)

11th Grade Book Justifications