High School English: Modern American Literature in Context

In this course, students will read a diverse selection of poetry, short stories, and plays from modern and contemporary American literature, focusing on multi-cultural perspectives and learning to connect literature with other arts, history, and social studies.
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 10 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will be introduced to a wide range of American literature and authors, their works, lives, arguments, and socio-cultural perspectives, exploring America through its literary and popular cultures as a place, an idea, and a people. They will learn why fiction can offer some truthful perspectives on life and begin to write about their own perspectives on the literature and the topics it raises.    
I teach high school English, including AP English Literature and AP English Language, and also history and social studies, so I am able to approach this course in a way that is multi-disciplinary. I also write professionally and use what I learned in my courses in the "real world" of journalism, technical, and creative writing. I've been published in various humanities and professional journals, magazines, and websites. I especially love writing about films and music.  

I approach the study of English in two ways: the formal academics of literature and writing and also the real world of reading and writing in the world of work and life. I'm a progressive and open-minded teacher who allows students to express themselves in their writings and in their conversations with me and their peers.  
Each week, student will be given a series of short answer questions on the Classroom page where they may share their answers. Students who would like a longer essay prompt may request one on a topic/writer of their choice.  
 1 file available upon enrollment
Please purchase The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Second Edition, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0199744394?psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&ref_=chk_typ_imgToDp I will provide other documents, study guides, and readings on the Classroom page each week.
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Feedback will be given on all writings, but without letter or number grades, because I believe students should be allowed to explore new topics without the pressure of quantification. Parents or other academic advisers who know the student's history are welcome to grade my assignments on their own.   
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The entire course will feature candid perspectives on questions of identity and political power in the United States. While graphic language will be avoided, all of the readings and assignments assume that students are mature enough, academically and socially, to understand the themes.


Stephanie Carta, B.Sc.
Lives in the United States
College Prep. Courses in Literature and Social Studies
46 total reviews
79 completed classes

About Me

Hi students! I'm Ms. Stephanie Carta. My teaching career began in 2012. I previously taught at a private school that emphasized small group learning. Whether in-person or online, I'm committed to teaching courses that emphasize academic skills... 
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