American Literature

live: $ 425

rec.: $ 375

  • Overview
  • Curriculum
  • Teacher

MONDAY 12:30 - 1:45 pm ET

Prerequisite: High School Writing Methods

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This living books course, with curriculum written by Beth Hempton, includes class discussion, group activities, creative expression as well as the traditional literature class aspects. The reading list combines novels set in various American time periods, short stories and poetry. Students focus on the works of great American authors as models of excellent writing. Assignments range from essay writing, shorter writing assignments,  vocabulary, graphic organizers and more. Literary elements, figurative language, poetry styles and comprehension round out the skills.  The publisher of the text for this course offers a 20% discount to all Seasons Learning students. The discount code may be found on your invoice.

Weekly homework reinforces the concepts taught in class and the teacher is available during live office hours and by email to assist students. Assignments are graded and students receive a mid-term report as well as a year-end course credit report. Students may take this class for Honors credit. The Honors option costs an additional $25 per class. Be sure to check Honors on the registration form.

  • Books / Textbooks
    • Reading as a Life Skill: American Literature by Elizabeth Hempton
    • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
    • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
    • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
    • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
    • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Other Materials
    • No other materials required

Christopher Schwarzen lives in Tennessee with his wife, Heather, and nine children. They've homeschooled their children for over ten years! Christopher enjoys playing soccer, reading and sketching with pastels. 2019-20 marks Christopher's fourth year of teaching with us. 

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