CP English 11

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 Essential Question: 

How do writers create truth through fiction?

Spring Semester Essential Question:

What is the American Dream?

To answer the fall semester's essential question, we'll explore the following texts as a whole class: 

To answer the spring semester's essential question, we'll explore the following texts as a whole class: 

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 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 Modernism

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

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 

Monster by Myers

The Things They Carried by O'Brien

42: The Jackie Robinson Story by Aaron Rosenberg