United States Literature

Offered 2022-2023!

  • Time: Tuesdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuition: $60/month (10 months, August-May)
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee
  • Credit: 1 English credit
  • Prerequisites: Writing II or equivalent writing skills OR take Writing II in addition to this course
  • Grades: 9-12 AND middle school strong readers
  • Pairing: You can pair this course with United States History!
  • Books Needed: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions/translations are listed below)
    • Gwynne’s Grammar (ISBN: 9781984897961)
    • Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 – ISBN: 9780743485043 (Folger)
    • Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans – ISBN: 9781593081379 (Barnes and Noble Classics)
    • Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter – ISBN: 9781586172817 (Ignatius)
    • Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin – ISBN: 9781586173340 (Ignatius)
    • Melville’s Moby Dick – ASIN: B01K159WDO (Ignatius)
    • Twain’s Huckleberry Finn – ASIN: B01F81RJL8 (Oxford World’s Classics)
    • Wallace’s Ben-Hur – ISBN: 9781853262838 (Wordsworth Editions)
    • Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird – ISBN: 9780060935467 (Harper Perennial)

This course develops students’ skills in essay writing through assignments based on great works of American literature.

Assessment. Each semester, students write two essays using structures from classical rhetoric and create two projects related to the literature. At the conclusion of each semester, students participate in Defense Day by giving a brief presentation on one of their essays and responding to questions.

Image – Reenactment of the battle of Shiloh – (c) Sue Hughbanks, 2006