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Janice Campbell

High school students will put literary analysis skills into practice as they study and write about ten great works of American literature.

† Contains distinctly Christian content


This challenging, self-directed course introduces students to great American literature in a chronological historical, literary, and artistic context, while developing skills in writing and literary analysis. Students will perform in-depth research throughout this advanced high school course.


​​Works studied in this course:

Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Selected works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

(Additional works are suggested throughout for those who wish to make this an honors course.)


  • Suggested literary analysis prerequisite: Windows to the World (along with its accompanying resource, A Syllabus for Introduction to Literary Analysis)
  • Suggested writing prerequisite: The Elegant Essay
  • Prior experience in IEW's Structure and Style method is helpful but not required.





EIL-3 Sample.pdf

Excellence in Literature: American Literature

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