CP 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

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 ONE independently selected literary work of American literature  and ONE literary work from the CP English 11 American literature curriculum list.

Spring Semester

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

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• Romanticism

• Naturalism

 Modernism

 Harlem Renaissance

 Contemporary  

You must also read a minimum of ONE independently selected literary work of American literature and ONE literary work from the CP English 11 American literature curriculum list.

CP English 11 

American Literature Curriculum

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

Moby Dick 

The Scarlet Letter   

Walking

Walden

The Awakening         

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

My Antonia  

The Great Gatsby 

A Farewell to Arms 

In Our Time

The Old Man and the Sea

 The Sun Also Rises 

Cannery Row

The Grapes of Wrath

Ellen Foster          

The Fault in Our Stars 

A Raisin in the Sun

Death of a Salesman

The Crucible

October Sky

Out of the Dust  (does not count towards required minimum but may be read as a companion piece to The Grapes of Wrath)

 Dance Hall of the Dead

The Natural 

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)

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)

The Things They Carried

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 )

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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