CP English 11

Reading American Literature

Fall Semester

In the fall semester, your "final exam" for this course will feature a digital semester portfolio. Through this portfolio, you will demonstrate competency in many different ways including your ability to comprehend, analyze and critique increasingly complex literature in a wide range of formats and genres. For this reason, your portfolio must include evidence which demonstrates your authentic, original, and thoughtful responses to the following:

Whole Class Reading

Colonialism- featuring work by Bradstreet.

Neoclassicism- featuring work by Franklin.

Romanticism - featuring work by Poe.

Realism- featuring work by Chopin.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Independent Reading/Book Group Reading:

Semester reading must be ongoing and continual. Students may choose to read works by any American author, poet or playwright not previously encountered as part of this course, another course or as part of independent reading. Independent reading texts may come from our course curriculum, our classroom library or the Library Media Center.

Spring Semester

In the spring semester, your "final exam" for this course will feature a digital semester portfolio. Through this portfolio, you will demonstrate competency in many different ways including your ability to comprehend, analyze and critique increasingly complex literature in a wide range of formats and genres. For this reason, your portfolio must include evidence which demonstrates your authentic, original, and thoughtful responses to the following:

Whole Class Reading

Romanticism: selected work by Thoreau.

Naturalism: selected works by London, Chief Joseph, and Sandburg.

Modernism: selected works by Hemingway, Frost, and Wolfe.

Harlem Renaissance: selected works by Hughes.

Contemporary: selected works by Espada, Frazier, Jarrell, Harjo, Quindlen and Tan.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller


Independent Reading/Book Group Reading:

Semester reading must be ongoing and continual. Students may choose to read works by any American author, poet or playwright not previously encountered as part of this course, another course or as part of independent reading. Independent reading texts may be found in our classroom library as well as the Library Media Center.

Semester reading must include a minimum of one independently selected literary work (novel length) from the American literature curriculum.