ACE American Literature (3 Semester Credits) – Course Syllabus
American Literature I (1650–1860) examines significant literary works of early American and Puritan literature, the Enlightenment, American Romanticism, and pre-Civil War era. The course includes primary texts (many accompanied by video/audio options), historical background, literary criticism and interpretation, and instruction on writing about literature.
Textbook: American Literature I - Eidenmuller - Lumen Learning, 2018.
(This text is provided to students as part of their enrollment.)
Prerequisites: No prerequisites
Throughout the course, you will meet the following goals:
- Identify the key features of prose and poetry.
- Describe the major historical and cultural developments of colonial America.
- Describe the major conventions, tropes, and themes of Enlightenment literature.
- Explain the key concepts and terms of the Romantic period.
- Discuss the main conventions, tropes, and themes of Gothic literature, Romantic literature, transcendental literature, and abolitionist literature.
- Find and use historical sources and literary criticism in your analysis of literary works.
Course Evaluation Criteria
A passing percentage is 70% or higher.
A = 95-100%
B = 88-94.9%
C = 80-87.9%
D = 70-79.9%
F = Below 70%
ACE Course Retake Policy
2 (two) attempts are allowed on every quiz, and 2 (two) attempts are allowed on every final exam.
Proctorio – Video Proctoring
All Final Exams are video proctored with Proctorio. (www.proctorio.com)
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There is a total of 130 points in this course:
Chapter Quizzes 70%
Final Exam 30%
|Assessment||Points Available||Percentage of Final Grade|
|Module 1 Quiz||20||17.5|
|Modules 2 and 3 Quiz||20||17.5|
|Module 4 Quiz||20||17.5|
|Module 5 Quiz||20||17.5|
Course Contents and Objectives
|Module 1: Reading and Interpreting Literary Texts|
|Lessons||How to Analyze a Short Story
A Short History of the Early American Novel
Literary Terms: A Guide
|Module 2: Early American and Puritan Literature (1650–1750)|
|Lessons||A Model of Christian Charity
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
The Pilgrim’s Progress
Verses Upon the Burning of Our House
|Module 3: Enlightenment Literature (1760–1820)|
|Lessons||Edwards and the Enlightenment Literature
American Puritism (I)
The American Enlightenment
American Puritism (III)
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
American Gothic (I)
American Transcendentalism (I)
|Module 4: Romantic Literature (1820–1860)|
|Lessons||The Romantic Period, 1820-1860: Essayists and Poets
Song of Myself
The Use of Nature in American Gothic
The Indian Burying Ground
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
History of American Literature
The Second Great Awakening and Transcendentalism
The American Scholar
Walden: Where I Lived and What I Lived For
Women’s Sphere and Emergence of the Women’s Rights Movement
Women in the Nineteenth Century
Resistance and Abolition
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
|Module 5: Writing About Literature|
|Lessons||Distinguish Between Primary and Secondary Sources
Annotated List of Useful Online Resources
Using Databases: Periodical Indexes and Abstracts
Annotated List of Useful Databases
Finding Literary Criticism
Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Style
ACE American Literature (3 Semester Credits)