American Literature Part 1: Literature in Historical Context FLEX Class

In this 8 week Flex semester course, we will explore the history and evolution of the first half of literature of the US
Brandy Dahlen
254 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners

No live meetings

Over 8 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon May 30

May 30 - Jul 25 (8 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Jun 13

Jun 13 - Aug 8 (8 weeks)
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Mon Jun 27

Jun 27 - Aug 22 (8 weeks)
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Mon Jul 11

Jul 11 - Sep 5 (8 weeks)
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Mon Jul 25

Jul 25 - Sep 19 (8 weeks)
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Mon Aug 8

Aug 8 - Oct 3 (8 weeks)
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Mon Aug 22

Aug 22 - Oct 17 (8 weeks)
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Class Experience

Students will learn the major literary movements and authors of early American literature.  They will explore literary terms and styles, as well as how to discuss literature both orally and written.
I have a master's degree from the University of Cambridge, as well as 15 years teaching experience in history and literature.  I have approval and experience teaching AP English Literature and AP US History from the College Board.
Students will be expected to complete reading and writing assignments for each week.  Some weeks are longer reading assignments and some weeks are shorter, but students can expect to spend a couple of hours each week reading.
No live meetings, and no time outside of class.
For parental guidance, the works we will read might have moments of violence or deal with sensitive subjects such as slavery.  In particular, Rowlandson addresses a violent encounter with Native Americans, Poe often alludes to violence in his stories, and Twain addresses the issue of slavery.   Some of these historic pieces of literature include slurs, negative depictions, and/or mistreatment of Indigenous People that are harmful and wrong. At Outschool, we strive to meet our own high standard of inclusivity and the goal of barring discrimination and prejudice.  This course will incorporate critical analysis of the problematic content as a critical learning goal by critically evaluating such problematic descriptions in light of their historical context and cultural context, while also acknowledging our modern understandings of race, prejudice, and discrimination.  We will address both the context that led to such depictions, as well as evaluating how we can understand the subjects of mistreatment in a more inclusive light.  
Source links will be provided weekly for all reading.


Brandy DahlenUniv. of Cambridge, M.A., History, Literature, and Writing Teacher
254 total reviews
464 completed classes

About Me

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