Honors English 10

Please follow the directions below. If you have questions about any of these assignments, contact Ms. Jane Jones at jones_jane@svvsd.org or Mr. Frick at frick_david@svvsd.org. 

Introduction: In his Nobel Laureate speech, Bob Dylan credited his high school English curriculum as the primary influence over his celebrated lyrics. He went on to say that “school reading gave you a way of looking at life, an understanding of human nature, and a standard to measure things by.” He concluded by saying, “The themes from those books worked their way into many of my songs, either knowingly or unintentionally. I wanted to write songs unlike anything anybody ever heard, and these themes were fundamental.”

Part 1: On your own, do some research to introduce yourself to recognizable time periods of American Literature. You will certainly use the internet, however, you might look up some literary history at your local library too. Use the following Labels and Time Periods to guide your research:


A.    Colonists (1620-1721)

B.    Revolutionaries (1721-1823)

C.     Romantics (1823-1861)

D.    Realists (1861-1914)

E.     ?*            (1914 -1945)

F.     Contemporary (1945-2016)

 Part 2: Write one expository (informational) research paper comprised of six sections. Label each section with the corresponding time periods above. Each section should be comprised of an extended paragraph detailing historical events, authors and their works, influences, style of writing, mood of the country, and values/beliefs of the people. Your final paper should be 3-5 pages long with MLA formatted in-text citations and contain a work cited page.

*Class Inquiry: Notice above how “E” has no label or identifier for the time period of American Literature between 1914-1945. Subgenres of this time period include the Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance, and the Pulps, but this year, as a class, we want to determine a new identifier. Please begin this process by coming up with your own category label.

This typed research document is due on the first day of class, Wednesday August 15, 2018, to be printed and ready to hand in for grading. Please keep an electronic copy for your files.