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:

Academic Year

Over the course of the academic year, choices for reading must include:

    • an epic novel or author study (three long-form works by same author) from Honors English 11 American curriculum list.
    • book group text from Honors English 11 American literature curriculum list.

Fall Semester

In this semester, your reading must include teacher selected works from the following periods/movements in American literature:

    • Colonialism
    • Neoclassicism
    • Romanticism
    • Realism

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 and two summer reading texts (novel length) from the Honors English 11 summer reading assignment.


Spring Semester

In this semester, your reading must include teacher selected works from the following periods/movements in American literature:

    • Romanticism
    • Naturalism
    • Modernism
    • Harlem Renaissance
    • Contemporary

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.

You can also bring in a book from home, select a book from our classroom library (brown and black bookcases), or check a book out of our school's library. Click here to connect to the LMC's catalog.

Honors English 11

American Literature Curriculum List

Look in the white bookcases located in our classroom for the following titles:

Colonialism

Neoclassicism

Romanticism

Realism

Naturalism

Modernism

Contemporary

The following titles do not count towards your minimum requirement. We will be exploring these contemporary works together:


*The following 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 )