American Literature (high school)

Man! I’m feeling so proud of myself. I finally finished nailing down Am. lit for the first half of Drew’s course. This is only through to 1900 mind you.

To this point he has read excerpts from: Christopher Columbus, de Vaca, de la Vega, John Smith, William Bradford, John Withrop, Anne Bradstreent, Mary Rowlandson, Edward Taylor, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, J. Hecto St. John de Crevecoeur, Thomas Jefferson, Philip Freneau, Phillis Wheatley, Royall Tyler, and Briton Hammon.

He has also read the full text of Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, and the Life of Oloudah Equiano by himself, and Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

So, that’s what’s done.

This is what he has left:
“The Angler” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, selected poems by William Cullen Bryant, Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, by himself, “Tell-Tale Heart”, by Edgar Allan Poe, selected poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, selected poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, selected poems by Walt Whitman, “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte, The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain, selected poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, selected poems by Emily Dickinson, “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, and Call of the Wild by Jack London.

WHEW! What a list! A couple of these he’s read before but we’ll do them again. We are going to use a program called Lightning Literature and it calls for those repeats (they don’t know we are repeating them). I’ve added to the Lightening Literature selections. . .

He will have a total of 2 years American Literature. This would complete just year one. (For the following children, I’m going to delete the excerpts, unless I deem them “fruitful”.)

Then, I just have to figure out the 2nd year of Am. Lit, 1 year of British Literature, and 1 year of world literature. . .and, er, all the years of lit previous to that (We’ve been rather helter skelter in the lit. area, and I would really appreciate having it nailed down.)

I think I shall make a chart!

I want to add a year of 20th century literature too. . .


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