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American Literature Part 1 of 2 I Full Year Curriculum Self-Paced

Brandy Dahlen with BE Education
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(510)
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

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
8 units//32 lessons//8 Weeks
Unit 1Colonial Era--Mary Rowlandson and Phillis Wheatley
5 lessons1 Week
Colonial Era--Mary Rowlandson and Phillis Wheatley
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Unit 1 Reading
Lesson 2
Unit 1 Video
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Prepare for the next unit
Unit 2Early American literature--Washington Irving and Benjamin Franklin
4 lessons1 Week
Early American literature--Washington Irving and Benjamin Franklin
 Week 2
Lesson 6
Unit 2 Video
Lesson 7
Lesson 8
Lesson 9
Prepare for the next lesson
Unit 3American Gothic--Edgar Allan Poe
4 lessons1 Week
American Gothic--Edgar Allan Poe
 Week 3
Lesson 10
Unit 3 Video
Lesson 11
Lesson 12
Lesson 13
Prepare for the next lesson
Unit 4Romanticism-Nathaniel Hawthorne
4 lessons1 Week
Romanticism-Nathaniel Hawthorne
 Week 4
Lesson 14
Unit 4 Video
Lesson 15
Lesson 16
Lesson 17
Prepare for the next lesson
Unit 5Herman Melville
4 lessons1 Week
Herman Melville
 Week 5
Lesson 18
Unit 5 Video
Lesson 19
Lesson 20
Lesson 21
Prepare for the next lesson
Unit 6Poetry--Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson
4 lessons1 Week
Poetry--Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson
 Week 6
Lesson 22
Unit 6 Video
Lesson 23
Lesson 24
Lesson 25
Prepare for the next lesson
Unit 7Transcendentalism--Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau
4 lessons1 Week
Transcendentalism--Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau
 Week 7
Lesson 26
Unit 7 Video
Lesson 27
Lesson 28
Lesson 29
Prepare for the next lesson
Unit 8Realism--Mark Twain
3 lessons1 Week
Realism--Mark Twain
 Week 8
Lesson 30
Unit 8 Video
Lesson 31
Lesson 32
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.
Homework Offered
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.
0 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
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.
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(510)
Hi everyone!  I am Brandy, and I lead BE Education.  I have a master's degree in history from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and I love teaching history, literature, research, and writing!  I have been teaching history, writing, research,... 
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32 pre-recorded lessons
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Ages: 12-17

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