CP English 11

Reading American Literature

Always Reading

What are you reading now? Throughout each semester, you should always be reading something - a novel, a biography, a memoir, essays, rhetoric, short stories, poetry and more. As you read, you will be developing and strengthening your critical thinking skills. This will offer you the opportunity to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of the human experience found in American literature.

Author John Green offers some insight about reading and its purpose in the video below:

Fall Semester

To demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze and critique increasingly complex literature in a wide range of formats and multiple genres, we will read and respond to selected works from the following periods/movements in American literature together:

Evidence that you have authentically and independently read and comprehended increasingly complex texts across multiple genres and formats will come from summative assessments as well as detailed and in-depth reader's responses to works from each of these periods/movements.

Evidence will also come from a viewer's response to Arthur Miller's play The Crucible and reader's responses to a minimum of:

    • ONE independently selected literary work (novel length) of American literature
    • ONE literary work (novel length) from the CP English 11 American literature curriculum list.

Spring Semester

To demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze and critique increasingly complex literature in a wide range of formats and multiple genres, we will read and respond to selected works from the following periods/movements in American literature:

Evidence that you have authentically and independently read and comprehended increasingly complex texts across multiple genres and formats will come from summative assessments as well as detailed and in-depth reader's responses to works from each of these periods/movements.

Evidence will also come from a viewer's response to Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman or Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and reader's responses to a minimum of:

    • ONE independently selected literary work (novel length) of American literature
    • ONE literary work (novel length) from the CP English 11 American literature curriculum list.


Our classroom library includes curriculum texts ( located in the white bookcases) as well as some independent reading texts. You can also check a book out of the LMC.

American Literature Curriculum List

Romanticism

Hawthorne- The Scarlet Letter

Thoreau- Walden & Walking (see Mrs. Juster for details)

Realism

Chopin- The Awakening

Twain- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Naturalism

Cather- My Antonia

Modernism

Fitzgerald- The Great Gatsby

Hemingway- A Farewell to Arms

Hemingway- In Our Time

Hemingway- The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway- The Sun Also Rises

Steinbeck- Cannery Row

Steinbeck- The Grapes of Wrath

Contemporary

Draper- Tears of a Tiger *

Gibbons- Ellen Foster

Green- The Fault in Our Stars

Hesse- Out of the Dust *

Hickam- October Sky

Hillerman-Dance Hall of the Dead

Malamud-The Natural

Myers-Monster *

O'Brien-The Things They Carried

Morris and Engel-The Rookie

Rosenberg- 42: The Jackie Robinson Story *

Schanzer- Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem *


*These titles do not count towards required minimum unless the conditions specified are met:

Out of the Dust (does not count towards required minimum but may be read as a companion piece to The Grapes of Wrath )

Rosenberg- 42: The Jackie Robinson Story (does not count towards required minimum but may be read as a companion piece to The Natural or The Rookie)

Monster (does not meet required minimum when combined with Tears of a Tiger)

Tears of a Tiger) (does not meet required minimum when combined with Monster)

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem (does not count towards required minimum but may be read as a companion piece to The Crucible ).