Course Summary
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9 weeks (16 hours a week of inside and outside class time).
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 American literature


The course objective is to survey prose and poetry written in the United States from colonial times to the present. It emphasizes fiction and poetry and is primarily a presentation of knowledge about literary works—their content, their backgrounds, and their authors—but it also is concerned about and requires familiarity with the concepts and terminology used by literary critics and literary historians.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify different figurative language and how it conveys the author’s message
  • Recognize a given passage’s theme, plot, and setting in connection to the time period
  • Familiarize yourself with each writer's background, noting the basic characteristics of each author's style and writing genre
  • Engage in discussions about issues, themes, and characters in literature
  • Prepare for and participate in a written group discussion exchanging knowledge and ideas
  • Create a thesis around a subject
  • Recognize literary elements in literature
  • Recognize literary elements in literature
  • Read and Reflect on elements of poetry in select poems and literary analyses of poetic devices
  • Understand different literary periods and their historical context
  • Gain appreciation for the American experience through history and literature
  • Read about the contribution of different texts and authors to American literary tradition
  • Understand analyses and interpretations of literary passages
  • Enhance writing skills following the Writing Process and MLA format
  • Produce a written essay based on analysis of texts, historical context, and on conclusions drawn through study.
  • recognize literary elements in literature
  • read and reflect on elements of poetry in select poems and literary analyses of poetic devices

General Topics:

  • Literary Terms
  • Research and Writing
  • Colonialism Part 1
  • Colonialism Part 2
  • Romanticism
  • Realism and Naturalism
  • Modernism
  • Contemporary Literature
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

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