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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 American literature of the United States of America / US
Brandy Dahlen
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Completed by 10 learners
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$13 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 8 weeks
No live meetings

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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 DahlenUniversity of Cambridge, M.A., AP, History, Literature, and Writing Teacher
463 total reviews
853 completed classes

About Me

Feel free to request specific courses (topics) or sections (time/dates)!  I am available for sections friendly to all international time zones.  I will list sections as you request them.

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