American Experience

Reading American Literature

Throughout each 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 recorded in a separate Google Doc for each book you read. (Keep this Google Doc in your course folder. ) This is also a significant component of the semester-end assessment/capstone for each semester - the semester portfolio & symposium.

Fall Semester Whole-Class Texts:

Spring Semester Whole-Class Texts:

Each semester, independent/book-group reading may be selected from our classroom library, our school library, or from home. The titles listed below, from our in-class curriculum library, are also available.

American Romanticism

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

American Realism

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Adventures of Huckleberry FInn by Mark Twain

American Naturalism

My Antonia by Willa Cather

American Modernism

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

American Contemporary- 20th Century

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman

The Natural by Bernard Malamud

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

American Contemporary- 21st Century

Tears of a Tiger by Draper

Ellen Foster by Gibbons

The Fault in Our Stars by Green

Out of the Dust by Hesse

October Sky by Hickam

The Rookie by Morris

Monster by Myers

The Things They Carried by O'Brien

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Schanzer