American Experience

Reading American Literature

Fall Semester

Throughout the semester, students will provide evidence of reading which is ongoing and continuous. This will be reflected in authentic, original, and thoughtful reader's responses which will be featured in each student's digital semester portfolio. This semester's reading will include the following:

Whole Class Reading

Colonialism- featuring work by Anne Bradstreet.

Neoclassicism- featuring work by Benjamin Franklin.

Romanticism - featuring work by Edgar Allan Poe and Henry David Thoreau.

Realism- featuring work by Kate Chopin.

Contemporary- featuring 42: The Jackie Robinson Story by Aaron Rosenberg.


Independent Reading/Book Group Reading

Students may choose to read novels, biographies, memoirs, graphic novels, non-fiction texts, or plays. All works must be written by an American author. Works should not include those which the student has already read.

Independent reading texts may come from our course curriculum, our classroom library, the Library Media Center or a personal library.

Spring Semester

Throughout the semester, students will provide evidence of reading which is ongoing and continuous. This will be reflected in authentic, original, and thoughtful reader's responses which will be featured in each student's digital semester portfolio. This semester's reading will include the following:

Whole Class Reading

Romanticism- featuring work by Henry David Thoreau.

Naturalism- featuring work by Jack London.

Modernism- featuring work by Ernest Hemingway.

Harlem Renaissance- featuring work by Langston Hughes.

Contemporary- featuring The Crucible by Arthur Miller.


Independent Reading/Book Group Reading

Students may choose to read novels, biographies, memoirs, graphic novels, non-fiction texts, or plays. All works must be written by an American author. Works should not include those which the student has already read.

Independent reading texts may come from our course curriculum, our classroom library, the Library Media Center or a personal library.