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American Literature


Extended Year 2023 – 2024

Monday, August 28, 2023 – Friday, May 31, 2024




Upper or Honors

In American Literature, students will wrestle with fundamental questions of life in the United States: What is the American Dream and how does it relate to American reality? Who is an insider and who is an outsider? How do race, gender, culture, history, language, class and religion influence identity and experience? In dialogue with classic and contemporary works of American literature — and with each other — students will learn to understand and honor a range of perspectives on these questions. They will also be encouraged to develop and sharpen their own viewpoints. Authors may include Tommy Orange, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joy Harjo, James Baldwin, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Lorraine Hansberry, Valeria Luiselli and Daisy Hernández, among others. American Literature is designed to complement subjects and themes encountered in United States History.


Subject Area


Credit Type

Upper, Honors

Do you attend a CLI partner school?

Yes, No