Honors English 11: Reading American Literature

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

 Neoclassism

 Romanticism

 Realism 

In addition to any independently selected works of American literature, you must also read a minimum of TWO literary works  from the Honors English 11 American literature curriculum and two summer reading texts 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 of American literature,  You must also read a minimum of TWO literary works from the Honors English 11 American literature curriculum.

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:

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

Each one of the following titles counts towards your minimum . Look in the white bookcases located in our classroom for the following titles:

Moby Dick 

The Scarlet Letter   

Walden  &  Walking   (see Mrs. Juster for details)

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

October Sky

Dance Hall of the Dead

The Natural 

The Things They Carried

The Rookie

The following titles do not count towards your minimum. We will be exploring these titles togther: 

Death of a Salesman

The Crucible

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) 

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 )