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United States Literature

Offered 2020-2021!

  • Time: Wednesdays, 1:45 – 3:00 pm
  • Tuition: $50/month (10 months, August-May)
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee OR online
  • Credit: 1 English credit
  • Grades: 9-12 AND middle school strong readers
  • One-to-one Tutorials: Students will also have opportunities for one-to-one tutorials to discuss with the tutor how they can improve their written work.
  • Required Texts: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions/translations are listed below)
    • Gwynne’s Grammar (ISBN: 9781984897961)
    • Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 – ISBN: 9780743485043 (Folger)
    • Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans – ISBN: 9781593081379 (Barnes and Noble Classics)
    • Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter – ISBN: 9781586172817 (Ignatius)
    • Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin – ISBN: 9781586173340 (Ignatius)
    • Melville’s Moby Dick – ASIN: B01K159WDO (Ignatius)
    • Twain’s Huckleberry Finn – ASIN: B01F81RJL8 (Oxford World’s Classics)
    • Wallace’s Ben-Hur – ISBN: 9781853262838 (Wordsworth Editions)
    • Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird – ISBN: 9780060935467 (Harper Perennial)

This course develops students’ skills in essay writing through assignments based on great works of American literature.

Assessment. Each semester, students write two essays using structures from classical rhetoric and create one semester project (such as a model, costume, map, or piece of art). At the conclusion of each semester, students participate in Defense Day by giving a brief presentation on a topic of their choice from the course and responding to questions.

You can pair this course with United States History!

You can add Academic Writing to this course!

Image: Reenactment of the battle of Shiloh, (c) Sue Hughbanks 2006