American Literature A

Course Description:

In the American Literature course, students examine the belief systems, events, and literature that have shaped the United States. They begin by studying the language of independence and the system of government developed by Thomas Jefferson and other enlightened thinkers. Next, they explore how the Romantics and Transcendentalists emphasized the power and responsibility of the individual in both supporting and questioning the government. Students consider whether the American Dream is still achievable and examine the Modernists’ disillusionment with the idea that America is a “land of opportunity.”

Reading the words of Frederick Douglass and the text of the Civil Rights Act, students look carefully at the experience of African Americans and their struggle to achieve equal rights. Students explore how individuals cope with the influence of war and cultural tensions while trying to build and secure their own personal identity. Finally, students examine how technology is affecting our contemporary experience of freedom: Will we eventually change our beliefs about what it means to be an independent human being?

In this course, students analyze a wide range of literature, both fiction and nonfiction. They build writing skills by composing analytical essays, persuasive essays, personal narratives, and research papers. In order to develop speaking and listening skills, students participate in discussions and give speeches. Overall, students gain an understanding of the way American literature represents the array of voices contributing to our multicultural identity.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): American Literature A
Course Title (NCES SCED) : American Literature
Course Provider : Ann Arbor Public Schools
Content Provided By : Apex Learning Inc.
Online Instructor Provided By : Ann Arbor Public Schools
Standards Addressed : Common Core State Standards, National Collegiate Athletic Association
Alignment Document :
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Semester, Trimester
Subject Area : English Language and Literature
Course Identifier : American Literature
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 2

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website :
Email : [email protected]
Phone : 1-734-997-1208

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

Additional Cost Description: None

At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

• Demonstrate comprehension of important American history documents and literary works by selecting and applying effective reading strategies.

• Identify and utilize different sentence types, paragraph types, and parts of an essay in required writing assignments.

• Decipher and define new vocabulary using a variety of techniques (etymologies, word part analysis, etymologies, content specific vocabulary, Greek and Latin roots, and analogies).

• Define and identify major genres within literature and their respective literary terms and characteristics.

• Evaluate author intent and reader interpretation through discussion of style and tone, word choice, author perspective, and proposed audience.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the literary, historical, and cultural context of various literary movements and periods in American history and recognize the unique characteristics of each.

• Recognize the contributions of important American writers and poets from various periods of American literature, as well as how their personal histories affected their writings.

• Differentiate between primary and secondary sources, and between paraphrasing and summarizing.

• Demonstrate an understanding of selected readings and writing studies by constructing journal responses and essays which utilize each step of the writing process. • Compare and contrast various works of poetry through close readings.

• Identify parts of speech and verb tenses as well as other grammatical structures including pronoun and antecedent agreement.

• Analyze a poem through the use of various techniques, recognizing how poetic elements achieve specific rhetorical and aesthetic purposes.

• Identify strategies for critiquing the arguments in public documents.

• Identify the purpose, structure, and language used in a variety of business documents, and select effectives methods for reading, creating, and completing such documents.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the development of an American novel, focusing on the relevance of setting and the narrator’s and author’s perspectives. • Demonstrate an understanding of literary criticism.

• Recognize the use of a portfolio in setting goals and improving one's study habits.

• Recognize the contributions of important American writers and poets from modern American literature, as well as how their personal histories affected their writings.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the literary and historical context of modern American literature and its movements by identifying its stylistic, thematic, and technical qualities as well as common characteristics of the literature.

• Define vocabulary specific to the literary and poetic elements of modern American literature and its genres.

• Demonstrate comprehension of modern American literary works by selecting and applying effective reading strategies.

• Identify the stylistic elements and social impact associated with specific American writers.

• Decipher and define new vocabulary as well as technical terms using a variety of techniques (Anglo-Saxon roots, connotation and denotation, affixes).

• Demonstrate an understanding of selected readings and writing studies by constructing journal responses and other writing tasks which utilize effective elements of writing.

• Analyze works of literature (both fiction and non-fiction) by identifying and defining literary elements such as figurative language, rhetorical devices, theme, bias, and dialect found within the work.

• Define literary canon and recognize how works are canonized.

• Define the research essay in the scope of its associated forms as well as its stages.

• Perform the stages of the research process by writing a research question, locating, evaluating, and interpreting credible sources of information, and writing an outline for a research essay.

• Recognize copyright laws by demonstrating an understanding of proper citations of quotes and paraphrases which adhere to MLA standards.

• Identify effective listening strategies.

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Review Conducted By: Apex Learning Inc.
Date of Review: 08/15/2014

American Literature A


Lesson 1: Increasing Tension

Lesson 2: Declaring Independence

Lesson 3: Setting Up a Nation

Lesson 4: Wrap-Up: The American Revolution


Lesson 1: Whitman and Dickinson

Lesson 2: "The Raven"

Lesson 3: Emerson and Thoreau

Lesson 4: Wrap-Up: Romanticism and Transcendentalism


Lesson 1: Humor and Subjectivity

Lesson 2: Formality in Personal Narratives

Lesson 3: Diaries and Journals

Lesson 4: Wrap-Up: The American Narrative


Lesson 1: The Rise of Modernism

Lesson 2: The Great Gatsby, Part I

Lesson 3: The Great Gatsby, Part II

Lesson 4: Wrap-Up: Modernism and The American Dream


Lesson 1: Wrap Up

American Literature B


Lesson 1: Steinbeck and the Depression

Lesson 2: The Modernist Poets

Lesson 3: Experimenting with Language

Lesson 4: Wrap-Up: Modernism and Language


Lesson 1: A Raisin in the Sun, Part I

Lesson 2: A Raisin in the Sun, Part II

Lesson 3: The Reaction to Change

Lesson 4: Wrap-Up: Redefining Home


Lesson 1: Vietnam

Lesson 2: Divided Loyalties

Lesson 3: Culture Clash

Lesson 4: Wrap-Up: Fractured Identities


Lesson 1: Humans and the Environment

Lesson 2: Humans and Media

Lesson 3: Humans and Machines

Lesson 4: Wrap-Up: The Influence of Science and Technology

UNIT 10: SEMESTER WRAP-UP Lesson 1: Wrap-Up

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 08/08/2023 09/08/2023 09/08/2023 08/28/2023 01/18/2024 33 $350 $0
Semester 11/01/2023 02/02/2024 02/02/2024 01/22/2024 06/12/2024 33 $350 $0
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Students that do not earn a grade of at least 60% in the course by the end date of the course are not considered course completions. Semester 08/08/2023 09/08/2023
Students that do not earn a grade of at least 60% in the course by the end date of the course are not considered course completions. Semester 11/01/2023 02/02/2024
Students submit assignments and receive asynchronous feedback via a secure message center and online discussion boards. A2 Virtual+ online teachers respond to student questions within one school day, and grade and return student homework with meaningful formative feedback within three school days. A2 Virtual+ online teachers and guidance staff continually monitor student progress and reach out to students and local mentors if students appear to be struggling or off pace..
School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
22-23 11 10 90.91%
21-22 17 14 82.35%
19-20 5 5 100.0%
18-19 7 6 85.71%
17-18 4 4 100.0%
16-17 2 2 100.0%