|Course Name||ENG5AP AMER PLACES AND PERSPECTIVES|
|Can you take this course more than once?||No|
|Periods per Day||1.0|
|Fulfills the following graduation requirements|
|Also in the following groups||
|Syllabus||No Syllabus Found|
Overview: American Places and Perspectives is a two-semester American literature course. Using geography as its central lens, the class focuses on the places occupied by American texts, American writers, and American readers. This geographical lens includes both physical and human geography.
A major goal of the course is to explore the ways in which American literature has shaped and reflected American identity, keeping in mind that while there may be assumed values and traits associated with the United States of America (and her inhabitants), this “teeming “nation of nations” (Whitman) does not allow for easy compartmentalization or a narrowly defined American frame-of-mind.
Students can expect a variety of writing assignments which represent the four rhetorical modes of discourse: narration, description, exposition, and argumentation. As is fitting a course which culminates with the AP Language and Composition exam, there will be an emphasis on rhetorical analysis.
Some of the big questions we will address in this class include:
Course Texts Include:
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
The short stories of Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver, and John Cheever
Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau
The poetry of Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, and Sylvia Plath