How to Use This Course
American Literature is more than simply reading classic pieces. It is also a study of the men and women who shaped the times those pieces were written in. This course draws on numerous historical sources to provide a rich and engaging look at the people, places, and literary works of the 1600s-1800s.
This interactive course offers two ways to complete it—through an interactive online platform built into Schoolhouse Teachers or through a downloadable PDF. It begins with the colonial period and moves through the American Revolution, the era of national expansion, and the Concord writers. Numerous reading assignments are given; texts are generally readily available freely online or through a local library. Written assignments are also included.
Four self-paced units.
- Unit One: Colonial Period
- Unit Two: Revolutionary Period
- Unit Three: Era of National Expansion
- Unit Four: The Concord Writers
*A suggested book list will be made available as soon as possible. To complete Unit One, students will need to read the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
Students who complete all required reading and writing assignments and spend approximately 90 hours completing this class may earn 0.5 academic credit.