This course will address the major themes and time periods of American Literature, from the country's earliest beginnings to the post-war era. Lesson plans include North Carolina Standard Course of Study objectives for English III and are based on best practices learned during a Master's of Arts in Teaching Secondary English curriculum at the University of South Carolina. Projects, internet hunts and other multimedia assignments, and action strategies developed by Jeffrey Wilhelm comprise the core of these units and lessons. Vocabulary and study guides are available where applicable.

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The following is an overview of this American Literature course with suggested readings. Lesson plans, standards and resources are included in each lesson.
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Links to the goals and objectives for English III, as referenced throughout the semester.
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Unit 1: Beginnings

by Emily Boyle

This unit will cover early writings of America and reflections on early cultures. Vocabulary lists, analysis questions, and other resources are included in each lesson.
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Unit 2: The Crucible

by Emily Boyle

This unit focuses on The Crucible by Arthur Miller. It includes detailed lesson plans, classroom activities, and links to study guides and other resources. This unit also includes a final journalism-based project in which students reflect on the time period and the issues surrounding the text.
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This unit includes literature surrounding the American Revolution and westward expansion.
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Unit Four encompasses much of the 19th Century, from American legends, through Civil War literature and to Transcendentalism and its influences. Students will study the elements of fiction from suspense and point-of-view to theme. They will create a multi-genre project based on their understanding of theme.
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Unit 5 covers literature from the turn of the 20th Century through World War II. Students will explore immigration stories, documents about the rise of American cities, poetry and short stories about World War I and World War II, and Modernist poetry.
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In this unit, students will study the rise of the non-fiction novel by reading and exploring Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. A final I-Search project caps off the course.
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