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American Literature: 11th Grade

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                     Voices of American Literature



Encounters and Foundations to 1800


Huron Traditional “The Sky Tree”                                                                                 

Teton Sioux Traditional “The Earth Only”                                                                     

Nez Perce Traditional “Coyote Finished his Work”                                                           

Mary Rowlandson from A Narrative of the Captivity                                                       

Anne Bradstreet “Here Follow Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House” and                

“To My Dear and Loving Husband”                                                                               

Jonathan Edwards from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God                                               

Ben Franklin from The Autobiography                   

Patrick Henry “Speech to the Virginia Convention”                                                          

Major Works:  The Scarlet Letter; The Crucible


Resources for Collection 1:


Native American Powerpoint

Puritan powerpoint (11_puritans.ppt)

SAT Essay writing powerpoint


Patrick Henry powerpoint (Patrick Henry.pptx)

Resources for The Crucible:

Salem Witchcraft Trials Web


Arthur Miller Power Point-Final.pptx

The Crucible Glossary (vocab.pdf)

Class Discussion (4 Corners Response Questions.docx)

Research Project-Arnold.docx

For Act 1: The Crucible Character List and guided questions.docx

Extra Credit Project ideas.doc


American Romanticism 1800-1860

Power Point on Dark Romantics                                               

Powerpoint on Transcendentalism                                                                                                          


        Washington Irving “The Devil and Tom Walker”

        Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls”

        Ralph Waldo Emerson from Nature and Self Reliance

        Henry David Thoreau from Walden and Resistance to Government  

        Nathaniel Hawthorne “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” (not in text) and

          “The Minister’s Black Veil”

        Edgar Allen Poe “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Raven”

        Major Work: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail



American Masters                                                              


Walt Whitman    

Walt Whitman               “I Hear America Singing”

                                      from “Song of Myself”

                                      “I celebrate myself and sing myse

                                      “A child said what is the grass

                                       “I understand the large hearts of heroes”

                                       “The spotted hawk swoops by”


 Emily Dickinson 



Emily Dickinson               “The Soul selects her own Society

                                             “This is my letter to the world”                            

                                            “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant”

                                          “Success is counted sweetest”

                                          “Because I could not stop for Death”

                                         “Much Madness is divinest Sense”

                                         “I heard a Fly buzz-when I died”

                                         “My life closed twice before its close”

                                         “I sing…because I am afraid” 



The Rise of Realism: The Civil War to 1914

            Frederick Douglass from Narrative of the Life and Frederick Douglass

            Harriet A. Jacobs from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

            Chief Joseph “I Will Fight No More Forever”

            Sojourner Truth “ Ain’t I a Woman?”

            Mark Twain “The Lowest Animal”

            Jack London “To Build a Fire”

            Edwin Arlington Robinson “Richard Cory”

           Major Work: Huck Finn


Powerpoint on The Rise of Realism


 The Moderns 1914-1939

        T.S. Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


           William Carlos Williams “The Red Wheelbarrow”


            Marianne Moore “Poetry”

            Archibald MacLeish “Ars Poetica”

            EE Cummings “what if much of a which of a wind”

                                   “somewhere I have never traveled, gladly beyond”

            William Faulkner “A Rose for Emily”

            Carl Sandburg “Chicago”    

            Robert Frost 


                                  “Nothing Gold Can Stay"


                                 “Mending Wall”

                                 “Death of the Hired Man”


                                 “I must have the pulse beat of rhythm”


            Flannery O’Connor “The Life You Save May Be Your Own”

Countee Cullen “Tableau”


Langston Hughes “The Weary Blues”

                              “Harlem”“The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

Zora Neale Hurston from Dust Tracks on a Road   

                Major Work:  The Great Gatsby

                                    Of Mice and Men

              Powerpoint on The Moderns


The Contemporary Period: 1939-Present

            Elie Wiesel from Night

           Art Spiegelman from Maus

            John Hersey “A Noiseless Flash” from Hiroshima

            Tim O’Brien “Speaking of Courage”

             Donald Barthelme “Game”

             Raymond Carver “Everything Stuck to Him”

            Julia Alvarez “Daughter of Invention”

           Amy Tan “Rules of the Game” from Joy Luck Club

            Richard Wright from Black Boy

            Elizabeth Bishop “The Fish”

                                        “One Art”

            Sylvia Plath “The Mirror”

            Billy Collins “Man Listening to Disc




















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