Class Description and Syllabus


English 5A: American Lit 1



Class Description and Syllabus



This class is a bit different from other literature classes you have taken thus far. This is primarily because the content of this class, the literature, is very closely tied the to historical events of the United States. This being the case, this class will be a mixture of a history class and a literature class, so please know this going in.



You will, or already have, heard me say that the events that occur around and to a writer, the history, directly impact the writing. The reverse of this is also true as occasionally, it is a piece of writing that instigates a particular historical event. There is perhaps no clearer, closer, or more relevant illustration of this than the literature of our own country. This being the case, and you most likely being an American, you have an obligation to "know this stuff." As your history teacher says: those who are ignorant of the past are doomed to repeat it. Well, this class makes sure that you know not only the history, but also the influence on those who lived it.



As with your previous literature classes, you will be expected to recall certain aspects of literature and be familiar with the terms and "workings," if you will, of the novel and play. You will also be expected to read a great deal on an almost nightly basis to keep up with the class. This being an advanced class, your reading will be considerable and the work load a bit more than perhaps other reading courses. Be aware, this class will be difficult.



One warning: DO NOT GET BEHIND!!! It is my experience that students who get behind in the reading rarely catch up.



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