First-semester course in American literature covering the beginnings through the 1800s. Students will read short stories, essays, and poetry that reveal the American spirit and experience, drawing students into a continuing dialog about elements of literature and encouraging personal reflection and creative thinking. Students will be asked to think critically, respond reflectively, write short and long essays, and practice selected skills in grammar, writing conventions, and style. Students will also read their writings to an audience. Major novels: Moby Dick
(provided in the required textbook) and a novel (borrowed or purchased) selected by the student from a list provided.
½ credit, 8 assignments, 2 exams