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Are you ready for fun and adventure from the good old USA? Welcome to American Literature & Research Class!  We will have a blast reading, writing, and discussing American works, going all the way back to Colonial Times! Not only that, but we will learn to research and write a research paper step by step. Get ready to write a précis, a paraphrase, a thesis, and more. You will read beloved American authors such as Cotton Mather, Mary Rowlandson, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Lew Wallace, Lois Lowry, Frank Peretti, Emily Dickenson, Alexander Hamilton, Jonathan Edwards, Booker T. Washington, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Charles Schultz. Use this class in a book club, family, or co-op setting.


The following writings are included in this American Literature & Research Class Book

  • Day of Doom by Michael Wigglesworth                                                                             
  • Brief Narrative of the Progress of the Gospel by John Eliot      
  • Narrative of the Captivity & Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (Biographical Adventure)
  •  “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards (Sermon)
  • Six of the Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, & Others (Letters/Editorials)
  • “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” by Patrick Henry
  • Six of the Anti-Federalist Papers by Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, & Others (Letters/Editorials)
  • “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe (Suspense/Short Story)
  •  “Diary of Adam & Eve” by Mark Twain (Humor/Short Story)
  •  “Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” by Herman Melville (Short Story)
  •  “Should America Intercede for the Jews” by William E. Blackstone (Letter of Appeal)
  •  “Booze Sermon” by Billy Sunday (Sermon)


You will need to purchase the following books…

  • Plimoth Plantation by William Bradford (History)
  • Diary of David Brainerd by David Brainerd (Journal)
  • Autobiography of Ben Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (Autobiography)
  • The Deer Slayer by James Fenimore Cooper (Historical Fiction/Novel)
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Historical Fiction/Novel)
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett by Davy Crockett
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (Novel)
  • Ben Hur by Lew Wallace (Historical Fiction/Novel)
  • In His Steps by Charles Sheldon (Novel)
  • Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington (Autobiography)
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemmingway (Historical Fiction/Novel)
  • Our Town by Thorton Wilder (Play)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Historical Fiction/Novel)
  • Tilly by Frank Peretti (Novel)
  • Snoopy & Peanuts Comic Strips by Charles Schwartz (Humor, Comics)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (Fantasy)


You will….

Read and discuss great literature & works

Read original documents when you write your précis and paraphrases

Write a research paper step by step

Read sermons, speeches, & plays aloud

Learn about the Sunday funny papers & write your own cartoon

Learn some American history along the way


This class is a one credit high school English class. 




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This title was added to our catalog on August 06, 2013.