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Welcome to English 3! In this course, you’ll find a mix of older literature and authors you may have heard of before, and we’ll be introducing you to some newer literature and authors. It’s important to remember that literature tells stories, both directly and obviously in the writing, but also overall about the world around you. As historical events fall upon a timeline, so too does literature! You’ll see when different authors lived, what they wrote about, and how that all fits into historical events, called historical context.

Wait, isn’t this a Literature course? Yes, it is, but much like other subjects, you’ll notice the topics connect with other aspects of your learning. Those connections will help you to better understand not only Literature, but how it fits into everything else you learn about—and will learn about.

The historical figures, authors, and poets that you will explore within the Learning Guide and the reading materials make up the timeline of America. The readings won’t necessarily be in order on a timeline, but instead will be grouped by topic for you. We will learn about the historical context of those topics, so you will be able to fit them onto a timeline on your own. From the very beginning of American Literature through present day, you will experience the American thoughts through different time periods from both men and women. What makes up America is written from the thoughts of the country’s founding fathers to the fictional works of Poe to the poetry of Angelou, Hughes, and Dickinson. These anthologies encompass such a wide variety of types of writing that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Provided : Explorations An Anthology of American Literature Volume C

English 3 Learning Guide

Students will also need to obtain their own copy of one of the following:

Semester 1:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


Farewell to Manzanar by James D. Houston and Jeanne Wakatsuki.

Semester 2:

The Metamorphosis by Franz KafkaOR
Glow by Megan E. Bryant

Course Objectives

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  1. Read and analyze short stories, poetry, and autobiographies.
  2. Understand literary pieces in a more profound manner by exploring their historical context. Understand how your response to a text may be shaped by your age, gender, class, or personal experiences.
  3. Make connections between your own life and the texts, including images that make you think, stories that parallel your own, and philosophies that intrigue you through personal writing, reflection questions, and analytical thinking.
  4. Choose and read a novel and analyze symbols and characterization.
  5. Recognize vocabulary words and know how to find the meaning of words you don’t understand.

Course Outline

Semester 1

Lesson 1

  1. Introduction to Short Stories
  2. Narrative Arc
  3. “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
  4. “After Twenty Years” by O. Henry
  5. Characterization
  6. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber
  7. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
  8. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
  9. “Barrio Boy” by Ernesto Galarza
  10. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
  11. “The Trail of the Tramp” by A-No. 1

Lesson 2

2.1 Introduction to Voices and Viewpoint

2.2 “The Rainy Day” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2.3 “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes

2.4 “To the Maiden”; “A Man Said to the Universe”;
“I Saw a Man Pursuing the Horizon” By Stephen Crane

2.5 “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

2.6 “The Aged Mother”; Spider, Say Again”; “Tis the First Snow”; “The Cry of the Cicada”;

“Deathbed Poem” by Matsuo Basho

Lesson 3

3.1 Novel Selection: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury OR Farewell to Manzanar by James D Houston and Jeanne Wakatsuki

3.2 Elements of Character and Literary Devices

3.3 Reading Comprehension and Analysis Questions

3.4 Literary Analysis Rough Draft

3.6 Literary Analysis Final Draft

Semester 2

Lesson 4

4.1 Introduction to The American Renaissance

4.2 “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman

4.3 “Walden Pond” by Henry David Thoreau

4.4 Lesson Activity

4.5 “Annabel Lee” and “The Oval Portrait” by Edgar Allan Poe

4.6 Comparison and Contrast

4.7 Southern Gothic Literature and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

Lesson 5

5.1 Introduction to The Harlem Renaissance

5.2 Narrative of the Life of Federick Douglas

5.3 "The Weary Blues" by Langston Huges

5.4 “We Wear the Mask” and “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

5.5 Music and the Harlem Renaissance

5.6 “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” performed by Billie Holiday

5.7 Art and the Harlem Renaissance

5.8 Descriptive Writing

Lesson 6

6.1 Novel Selection: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka OR
Glow by Megan E. Bryant

6.2 Historical Context

6.3 Research Project Proposal/Planning

6.4 Research

6.5 Research Essay Rough Draft

6.6 Research Essay Final Draft

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