Honors American Literature: Materials and Assignments


Enduring Understandings for the course:                    

  1. American literature is a unique body of literature that reflects the culture (values and mores) of the American people.
  2. American literature is reflective of the course of its history.
  3. American literature illustrates the progression of cultural diversity
  4. American literature reflects societal conflicts.
  5. Students utilize their knowledge of American Literature through discussion and analytical and creative writing.

11 Honors American Literature Reading List - 2012-2013

Some substitutions or omissions may occur based on time available. There are two films shown in class. Both are rated R, so parental permission forms are sent out. The films are Unforgiven, directed by Clint Eastwood, and Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

A variety of western short stories

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Poetry of Langston Hughes

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren

A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, by Eugene O’Neill

Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams

Catch 22, by Joseph Heller

The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien

The Shipping News, by E. Annie Proulx

Earlier American writings by Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson etc.

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