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Course Description

A course reviewing 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.

American Lit 101 presents an easy to follow timeline with a brief synopsis of major authors and their work. 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.

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.

Course Requirements

There are no educational requirements other than a high school reading level.

This course is an overview of American Lit. You will not be rquired to read the novels, plays and poems during the class but you may have to go back and review the plots and themes if you haven't read them in the past.

Course Goals

Learn about the writers who laid the foundation for American literature and about the major American literary movements from the colonial period to the 20th century and receive a wealth of information on other aspects of American literary life and history.

Course Materials

All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

The course is divided into 8 lessons. At the end of each lesson will be brief quiz and/or assignment based on the lesson material. There are points for assignments and quizzes and class participation in forums (discussions). A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

Course Topics

Lesson 2: Colonial Period to 1750
Lesson 3: Revolutionary Period up to 1820
Lesson 4: Writings from 1820-1865
Lesson 5: The Writings of a Continental Nation, 1865-1900
Lesson 6: Writings 1900-1920's
Lesson 7: Writings 1920-1945
Lesson 8: Writings from 1945 to Present

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Introductory Assignment10
Lesson 1 Quiz60
Lesson 2 Assignment20
Lesson 2 Quiz (Colonial Period Up To 1790)10
Assignment for Lesson 320
Lesson 3 Quiz (The Writings Revolutionary of the Period up to 18209
Assignment for Lesson 420
Lesson 4 Quiz (The Flowering of American Romanticism from 1820-1865)10
American Realism50
Lesson 5 Assignment20
Lesson 5 Quiz ( The Writings of 1865-1900)10
Lesson 6 Assignment20
Lesson 6 Quiz (The Writings of 1900-1920)9
Compulsion of Steinbeck, Fitzgerald and Hemmingway50
Assignment for Lesson 720
Lesson 7 Quiz (The Writings of 1920-1945)10
What Compelled American Writers 1945 to Present?50
Assignment for Lesson 820
Lesson 8 Quiz (The Writings of 1945 -- To The Present)10
Final Exam28
Total Points:456

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