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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

  • Lesson 1: Introduction

    Overview of the course
  • Lesson 2: Colonial Period to 1750

    Colonial Period up to 1750
  • Lesson 3: Revolutionary Period up to 1820

    The Writings of the Revolutionary Period up to 1820
  • Lesson 4: Writings from 1820 to 1865

    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
  • Lesson 6: Writings 1900-1920s

    The Writings of 1900 through the 1920s
  • Lesson 7: Writings of 1920 to 1945

    The Writings of 1920-1945
  • Lesson 8: Writings from 1945 to Present

    The Writings of 1945 -- To The Present
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Course Title: American Literature Review
Course Number: 7550447
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, 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), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
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
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $35.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $60.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the major literary figures and works from the Colonial Period to 1750.
  • Summarize the major literary figure and works from the Revolutionary Period up to 1820
  • Describe the major writings created from 1820-1865.
  • Summarize 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.
Introductory AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 1 QuizExam60
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 2 Quiz (Colonial Period Up To 1790)Exam10
Assignment for Lesson 3Assignment20
Lesson 3 Quiz (The Writings Revolutionary of the Period up to 1820Exam9
Assignment for Lesson 4Assignment20
Lesson 4 Quiz (The Flowering of American Romanticism from 1820-1865)Exam10
American RealismAssignment50
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 5 Quiz ( The Writings of 1865-1900)Exam10
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 6 Quiz (The Writings of 1900-1920)Exam9
Compulsion of Steinbeck, Fitzgerald and HemmingwayAssignment50
Assignment for Lesson 7Assignment20
Lesson 7 Quiz (The Writings of 1920-1945)Exam10
What Compelled American Writers 1945 to Present?Assignment50
Assignment for Lesson 8Assignment20
Lesson 8 Quiz (The Writings of 1945 -- To The Present)Exam10
Final ExamExam28
Total Points:456

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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