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From its roots in the Christian west, American literature gave shape to new ideas even as it breathed life into existing forms such as the Biblical sermon, the ancient quest, and the medieval romance.

This course takes the student from colonial writings to modern fiction, and surveys both prose and poetry. The class is divided between lecture and discussion formats. The student should expect frequent, guided readings and regular writing assignments.

We’ll develop a background in the Puritans and Founders. Then we will read novels, poetry, and short stories.

This course is part of the Compass Lectures Series where veteran teachers are filmed as they teach in an actual classroom. This product includes streaming access to the videos filmed live in Nashville. Assignments for local students are explained on the videos and in the course steps. However, parents are solely responsible for assigning and grading this work.

Required Books

  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • Little Women
  • The Great Gatsby
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Travels with Charley
  • Peace Like a River

Learn more about American Literature on compassclassroom.com.

Preview the assignments for this course in the scope and sequence.

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INTRODUCTION & MATERIALS
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
SHORT STORIES: HAWTHORNE, et al.
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
ESSAYS: THOREAU, ET AL.
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE
LITTLE WOMEN
SHORT STORIES
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THE GREAT GATSBY
POETRY
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
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SHORT STORIES
TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY
PEACE LIKE A RIVER
PAPER PRESENTATIONS
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About Instructor

Ben Crist

Ben has been teaching Latin and the Humanities in Classical and Christian schools for the last 15 years. In addition to classroom and tutorial instruction, he has worked in school administration, curriculum development, and teacher training. Ben is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and serves as a deacon in his church. He lives with his wife and three children in Franklin where they homeschool.

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Course Includes

  • 31 Lessons
  • 59 Steps