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American Literature

The first semester we will focus our studies on:

Unit 1: Origins of the American Tradition  to 1800
Unit 2: New England Renaissance  1800-1850
Novel: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Unit 3: Slavery and the Civil War  1850-1865

ACT Prep: English Punctuation (commas, apostrophes, semicolons, colons, dashes)
                            Phrasing (dangling and misplaced modifiers, parallelism, subject/verb agreement)
                 Writing – Timed Essays

The second semester we will move on to:

Unit 4: Expanding Frontiers 1865-1910
Novel: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Unit 5: Early Twentieth Century 1910-1929
Unit 6: Depression and World War II 1929-1945
Novel: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Unit 7: Postwar Era 1945-1960
Unit 8: Early Contemporary Era 1960-1980

ACT Prep: English Practice Tests
                Writing – Timed Essays

ACT Test for all Wellston Juniors: 

It is important to bring your literature book to class everyday, complete assignments to the best of your ability, and ask questions when you need help. Put in 10-15 minutes studying notes each evening. If you feel like you are caught up on all information - READ.  It is so important for you as a writer and a well-rounded individual to take the time to read.  You are capable of doing this!  Two commercial breaks.