African American Literature - Schoolhouse Teachers

African American Literature

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Length: 18 Weekly Lessons
Includes: Lessons and Assignments
Age/Grade: High School

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How to Use This Course

This is an advanced high school literature course for students wishing to explore African American literature from the time of the North American slave narratives to modern plays and playwrights. Students will engage in a variety of learning through various audio/visual resources and multi-media technologies designed to cultivate an understanding of the themes of African American literature. Each student will record his or her experience with the course materials in a creative journal. If this course is taken in full, completing all reading assignments and written assignments, the course is worth a minimum of .5 language arts credit. If the student explores this course in depth and spends approximately 180 hours completing this course (two hours per day for eighteen weeks or one hour per day for thirty-six weeks), it is worth one high school credit in language arts. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

Course Introduction

This course will explore the literary traditions of African American literature through poetry, short stories, essays, drama, journals, and other written forms. Students will engage in a variety of learning through various audio/visual resources and multi-media technologies designed to cultivate an understanding of the themes of African American literature. Moreover, each student will record his or her experience with the course materials in a creative journal, a project that will be limited only by the imaginative faculties of the individual student.

Please note: a wide variety of works will be studied in this course. Parents are encouraged to explore the course before sharing it with their students, as not all topics in all readings are suitable for all students.

Course Outline

Printable weekly lessons with reading and journaling assignments.

Week 1: Review Literary Terms
Week 2: Introduction to the African American Literature Timeline
Weeks 3 and 4: North American Slave Narratives
Weeks 5 and 6: Work Songs
Weeks 7 and 8: Up from Slavery
Weeks 9 and 10: Harlem Renaissance
Weeks 11 and 12: Modernism
Weeks 13 and 14: The Black Arts Movement
Weeks 15 and 16: Literature Since 1970
Weeks 17 and 18: Plays and Playwrights

If this course is taken in full, completing all reading assignments and written assignments, the course is worth a minimum of .5 language arts credit. If the student explores this course in depth and spends approximately 180 hours completing this course (two hours per day for eighteen weeks or one hour per day for thirty-six weeks), it is worth one high school credit in language arts. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

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