American Literature Texts
In American Literature, students will study nine full-length works of fiction and associated context resources. Students who choose the Honors option will read eighteen full-length works of fiction, including prose, poetry, drama, and more. A brief chapter in the study guide provides instructions for the additional writing that will round out the honors grade.
Each of the American Literature texts below is linked to my preferred edition at Amazon (you can read my criteria for a good edition). These are affiliate links, of course — that means I get a few cents from each book purchase, but it doesn't change your cost at all. You can learn more about the entire curriculum at the Excellence in Literature curriculum home page.
Texts for American Literature
Module 1: Autobiography by Benjamin FranklinHonors: The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson Letters From An American Farmer by J. Hector St. John De Crèvecoeur
Module 2: Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irvingand selected works by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Most of the assigned Longfellow material is included in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems & Other Writings and the rest can be found on our website.) Honors: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., The Life of George Washington, or Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving (these texts included in the focus text) .
Module 3: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore CooperThe Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (Modern Library) Honors: The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper . The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Walden by Henry David Thoreau (if you didn’t read it in English II) .
Module 5: Moby Dick by Herman MelvilleHonors: Billy Budd by Herman Melville . Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain . The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton Daisy Miller by Henry James My Antoniå by Willa Cather .
Honors: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
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Additional Suggested Resources
Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers
The Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers is a reference book that includes instructions on how to construct logical arguments (theses), write essays, and work with grammar, punctuation, and style. 420 pages, paperback.