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Students Will Learn

  • How to read and analyze various American texts and determine the meaning, purpose, and effect of each text 
  • How to situate American literature within American history, and understand the latter’s effect on both fiction and nonfiction 
  • How to understand the American social milieu surrounding a literary work, and how to grapple with the text’s social implications 
  • How to thoughtfully participate in the “great conversation” of America’s melting pot and be an ambassador for peace and godly values 
  • How to interpret an author’s worldview and the effect it had on American identity and culture 
  • How to evaluate the literary and rhetorical devices used in poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction 
  • How to write clear and effective essays while utilizing MLA formatting and academic diction