Course Outline 2017-2018


AMERICAN STUDIES  (Mssrs. Dwyer and Petrics)

SEMESTER ONE

Marking Period # 1

 INTRODUCTION TO COURSE, TEACHERS & EACH OTHER

Art, Architecture, Geography, Grammar, History, Literature, Music, Poetry, Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing 

CLASSICAL PAINTING & ARCHITECTURE

Group reports, Library work, Writing, Quiz

Local Architecture Field work, Writing, Quiz


IMAGES & POLITICAL CARTOON ANALYSIS:

How to use a systematic approach to understanding and interpreting images and political cartoons.

 

ROMANTICISM IN LITERATURE

Quizzes, Discussion, Test

·         Bryant, Irving, Cooper, and Poe

·         Emerson, Thoreau, Transcendentalism

·         Melville: Moby Dick excerpts

·         Hawthorne: “Young Goodman Brown”

 

ROMANTICISM IN PAINTING

Group reports, Field work, Writing, Quizzes

 Am St: 20th C. Reviews, Articles Re: F.Capra

Adv Am.St: J.D. Salinger’s, The Catcher in the Rye.

 

HUCKLEBERRY FINN, Twain  &  Reconstruction

Quizzes, Discussion, Group analysis, Test


 THE GILDED AGE

Discussion, Quizzes, Projects, Reading notes

·         Political Corruption & Reform

·         Labor movement

·         Westward expansion

·         Late 19thC. Indian wars

·         Immigration

·         Industrialization

Marking Period # 2

 Gilded Age (continues) 

REALISM & NATURALISM IN LITERATURE

Quizzes, Discussion, Analytical Paper

·         “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Bierce Film and short story

·         London, Wharton, Crane, Chopin, Jewett, Cather, Robinson, Dunbar, Masters  (Ethan Frome)

·         PAPER on Realism

 

IMPERIALISM

Quizzes, Group analysis and presentations, Discussion, Test

·         US Colonies in two oceans, Spanish-American War 

·         Conflicts – America’s new foreign policy

·         The role of journalism

 

REALISM AND IMPRESSIONISM IN ART

Group reports, Quiz

 

 



Marking Period #3  

PROGRESSIVE ERA

Group projects, Discussion, Quizzes, Reading notes, Test

·         Changes in daily life

·         Changes in the role of government (TR) 

·         History readings

·         Group activities

·         Novel excerpts: The Jungle, Upton Sinclair

 

WORLD WAR I

Response writing, Reading notes, Quizzes, Discussion, Test

·         Propaganda

·         Film clips

·         Group activities

·         Novel: A FAREWELL TO ARMS, Hemingway

 

 

REVIEW FOR SEMESTER EXAM

 

AMERICAN STUDIES

 SEMESTER TWO

Marking Period # 4

  HISTORIOGRAPHY “Weighing the Evidence”

·         Research paper on an American history puzzle

 THE ROARING TWENTIES

Reading notes, Quizzes, Group activities, vocabulary quiz, Test

·         Readings in history texts

·         Novel:  The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald

·         Vocabulary

 

AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER

  • 1900 to Present
  • George M Cohan to Kinky Boots (12 important productions) 

 

HARLEM RENAISSANCE

Readings in poetry

·         Hughes, Cullen, McKay, Toomer, & more

 

THE GREAT DEPRESSION

History readings and notes, Group activities and discussion leadership, Tests

·         Readings in history text

·         Films of Dust Bowl

·         Primary sources – New Deal

·         Novel:  The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck

 

Marking Period # 5

  ART RESEARCH: Early 20th Century

 WORLD WAR II

History readings and notes, Group activities, Test

·         Analysis of primary sources

·         Readings in history texts

·         Film: America and the Holocaust - Revisionism

·         Book excerpts:  Farewell to Manzanar

 

GRAMMAR MINI-LESSONS

 

ART-DECO ERA

 

MODERN ARCHITECTURE

·         Frank Lloyd Wright

 

AMERICAN DRAMA

Readings of roles, notes, quizzes, Test

·         Arsenic and Old Lace

·         The Glass Menagerie, Williams (Excerpts)

·         Death of a Salesman, Miller

·         A Raisin in the Sun, Hansbury (Excerpts)

 

Marking Period #6

 POST WAR UNIT

Notes, Group presentations, Test

·         The Cold War and beyond

·         Civil Rights and race issues

·         Counter Culture

·         Feminism and gender issues

·         Environmentalism

 

AMERICAN POETRY

Readings, group analyses, discussion, test

·         Review poetry terms

·         Dickinson, Whitman

·         20th Century poets, Frost

 

CONTEMPORARY ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

 

CONTEMPORARY NOVEL

Notes, Quizzes, Discussion, Paper

·         A Thousand Splendid Suns

 

REVIEW FOR SEMESTER EXAM