American Experience: 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

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

• Colonialism

 Neoclassism

•  Romanticism

 Realism 

You must also read a minimum of TWO independently selected literary works of American literature. 

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  

You must also read a minimum of TWO independently selected literary works of American literature.

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. 

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