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Course Description

Reading and learning about American literature is synonymous with understanding the history and culture of a nation that has undergone dramatic social, economic, and cultural change in its relatively short history. This course is a reveiw of the literature of America and the people who made it, from earliest days to the present. Learn about the major literary movements; realism, romanticism and transcendentalism and the authors who have contributed significantly to the development of American literature in its different aspects.

If you're looking for test prep or review for school or college or just interested in understanding the changes in American literature for your general educational enhancement, this course will meet your needs.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction

Overview of the course 70 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Why are you taking a class in American literature?
  • Complete: Introductory Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: Colonial Period to 1750

Colonial Period up to 1750 30 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Quiz (Colonial Period Up To 1790)

Lesson 3: Revolutionary Period up to 1820

The Writings of the Revolutionary Period up to 1820 29 Total Points
  • Complete: Assignment for Lesson 3
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Quiz (The Writings Revolutionary of the Period up to 1820

Lesson 4: Writings from 1820 to 1865

The Flowering of American Romanticism, from 1820-1865 30 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Washington Irving; The Brahmin Poets; Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Take Poll: What do you prefer reading?
  • Complete: Assignment for Lesson 4
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Quiz (The Flowering of American Romanticism from 1820-1865)

Lesson 5: The Writings of a Continental Nation, 1865-1900

The Writings (and writers) of a Continental Nation, 1865-1900 80 Total Points
  • Review Article: Emily Dickinson - Life Stories, Books, and Links
  • Complete Assignment: American Realism
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Quiz ( The Writings of 1865-1900)

Lesson 6: Writings 1900-1920s

The Writings of 1900 through the 1920s 29 Total Points
  • Review Article: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Quiz (The Writings of 1900-1920)

Lesson 7: Writings of 1920 to 1945

The Writings of 1920-1945 80 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: Gertrude Stein Quotes; E. E. Cummings; F. Scott Fitzgerald; John Steinbeck Quotes
  • Complete Assignment: Compulsion of Steinbeck, Fitzgerald and Hemmingway
  • Complete: Assignment for Lesson 7
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Quiz (The Writings of 1920-1945)

Lesson 8: Writings from 1945 to Present

The Writings of 1945 -- To The Present 108 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Favorite Time Period
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: What Compelled American Writers 1945 to Present?
  • Complete: Assignment for Lesson 8
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Quiz (The Writings of 1945 -- To The Present)
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: American Literature Review
Course Number: 7550447
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: High School Level
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Course Fee: $90.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $115.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the major literary figures and works from the Colonial Period to 1750.
  • Know the major literary figure and works from the Revolutionary Period up to 1820
  • Describe the major writings created from 1820-1865.
  • Know the major writings of a Continental Nation, 1865-1900.
  • Identify and summarize the major literary works of the 20th century, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "The instructor has been very prompt in grading the assignments and tests. Any emails that I sent to her were answered in the same day. I congratulate her for preparing and organizing this course that has rekindled my spirit. During the long,dark and very cold Canadian winters, I read so I am not alone. This has been an enlightening and uplifting walk with you through the lives of so many authors. Keep up the good work and I can only hope that you will be able to to present another online course in literature. My rating for this course is four stars." -- Sara H.

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