Honors 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?

Fall Semester Whole-Class Texts:

Spring Semester Whole-Class Texts:

Each semester, Independent/book-group reading must include at least one of the texts listed below before other texts (from our classroom library, school library, or from home) are read.

American Romanticism

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Scarlet Letter  by Nathaniel Hawthorne 

American Realism

The Awakening  by Kate Chopin

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  

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

Ellen Foster by Gibbons

The Fault in Our Stars by Green

October Sky by Hickam 

The Things They Carried by O'Brien