ENG306: American Literature

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

Students are able to gain credit if they have previously completed this course but did not successfully earn credit. For each unit, students take a diagnostic test that assesses their current knowledge of fundamental content. The results of these tests help students create individualized study plans.

Students sharpen their reading comprehension skills and analyze important themes in classic and modern works of American literature. They review effective strategies for written expression. They develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for standardized tests.

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Course Length

Two Semesters

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Student completed the course or its equivalent, but did not receive credit; teacher/school counselor recommendation required.

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Course Outline


Readings include:


  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Prose Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Works by Kate Chopin, O. Henry, James Thurber, Mark Twain, Russell Baker, Maya Angelou, Henry David Thoreau, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others


  • Works by Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Stephen Crane, and others

Partial List of Skills Taught:

  • Identify character traits and motivations.
  • Describe characters based on speech, actions, or interactions with others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of authors, characters, and events of significant works of literature.
  • Identify conflict and resolution.
  • Recognize the effect of setting or culture on a literary work.
  • Recognize author's attitude or tone.
  • Recognize author's purpose and devices used to accomplish it, including author's language, organization, and structure.
  • Identify theme.
  • Recognize how point of view affects literature.
  • Compare and contrast literary characters or selections.
  • Recognize the use of language to convey mood.
  • Identify rhyme scheme.
  • Identify and interpret the use of imagery.
  • Identify and interpret the use of figurative language.
  • Identify elements of a short story.
  • Identify climax.
  • Identify point of view.
  • Identify choices and consequences.
  • Identify elements of drama and dramatic conventions.


In this writing program, students practice writing essays in various genres. Many units use the literature lessons as a springboard and thereby reinforce the connection between reading for meaning and writing to communicate one's own ideas. Students learn the form and structure of a variety of essays they will encounter in their academic careers, including memoirs (narrative), research papers, arguments, and speeches. In writing each essay, students go through a process of planning, organizing, and revising, and they learn to examine their own writing with a critical eye, paying attention to ideas, organization, structure, style, and correctness. Throughout the course, students write in response to prompts similar to those they will encounter on standardized tests.


After reading a group of literary memoirs, students will craft their own memoir about a meaningful event in their lives. Students will plan, write, and revise their memoir, incorporating what they learned about showing language.


Students will craft a persuasive argument incorporating elements of logical thinking and supporting evidence for their position.

Research Paper

Students learn about information sources, plagiarism, note taking, outlining, and proper citations in this comprehensive unit.

Practical Writing

Students will work on practical communications or workplace documents.

Critical Reading Skills

  • Passage-Based Questions
  • Sentence Completion Questions
  • Vocabulary Analysis
  • Comprehension and Analysis

Writing Skills

  • Responding to Prompts
  • Identifying Errors and Improving Writing
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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling