English 3 gives students the opportunity to explore the American identity by reading American texts that span the period from the late eighteenth century through the late twentieth century. During this journey through American literature, students will examine a variety of texts, including documents, speeches, poems, short stories, and novels. As they read these texts, students learn about the themes, characteristics, and concepts that delineate the American identity and examine how literature both reflects and defines these ideas. This work culminates in a project in which students research the American literary canon throughout history and then choose a modern text that they believe should be part of the literary canon. By the end of the course, students should be able to describe the defining characteristics of American literature and explain how those characteristics have evolved over time.
- “Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- “Man Listening to Disc” by Billy Collins
- “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
- “After Twenty Years” by O. Henry
- “The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving
- “Women” by Alice Walker
- “The Third Ingredient” by O. Henry
- “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane
- “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
- “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
- “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost
- “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe
- “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- “To Build a Fire” by Jack London
- “A Mystery of Heroism” by Stephen Crane
- “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain
- “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- “Great Serpent and the Great Flood” by an anonymous author
- “Wenebojo and the Wolves” by an anonymous author
- “Creation of the World” by an anonymous author
- “Why the Cheetah’s Cheeks are Stained” by an anonymous author
- “The Birth of Hawaii” by an anonymous author
- “Chinese Creation Myths” by an anonymous author
- “Where Stories Come From” by an anonymous author
- Write a story about a significant moment in your life.
- Read and analyze short stories.
- Analyze the use of literary devices in various readings.
- Take a photograph and write a reflection on the meaning of life based on videos, speeches, and a student-conducted interview. Write a descriptive essay using sensory and figurative language.
- Read and analyze Frankenstein.
- Read and analyze creation myths and their impact on world cultures.
- Create an origin story with an accompanying illustration.