Honors 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.

In addition to the summer reading assignment and any independently selected works (novel length) of American literature, you must also read a minimum of TWO literary works (novel length) from the Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list.

NOTE: An epic novel, author study or literary movement/period study must be completed in either the fall or the spring semester. This will count for one of the two required literary works (novel length) you must read in a semester.


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 Death of a Salesman or Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.

In addition to any independently selected works (novel length) of American literature, you must also read a minimum of TWO literary works (novel length) from the Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list.

NOTE: An epic novel, author study or literary movement/period study must be completed in either the fall or the spring semester. This will count for one of the two required literary works (novel length) you must read in a semester.

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

Epic Novels:

Melville - Moby Dick

Steinbeck- The Grapes of Wrath

"Author Study" options or "Period/Movement" options include short stories , drama, poetry and novels read as part of your course work . See Mrs. Juster for details.


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 ).