with DOE course code 23.05100; 1 core credit;
Class minimum: 4 students
“Every country’s literature is a permanent reflection of its people’s ethos.” — Acharya Shukla
This course focuses on the study of American literature and informational texts, writing modes and genres, and essential conventions for reading, writing, and speaking. It is a survey of American literature examined from historical, social, spiritual and psychological perspectives of the African-American experience. The students will read a variety of informational and literary texts in all genres and modes of discourse. While expository writing is the focus in American literature, the students will also demonstrate competency in argumentative and narrative genres. The students will engage in research, timed writing, and the writing process. Instruction in language conventions will occur within the context of reading, writing, and speaking. It is highly recommended for those wanting to better understand the American literature canon from the African American experience. This class will examine the development of the African American literary tradition through the consideration of history, literary genres, and cultural forms. We will study a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, and nonfiction, from the earliest published work by Africans in America to contemporary Black authors.
The objectives of the course are to give students an introduction to the array of prose, poetry, and drama that make up much of African American literature. Students will demonstrate an understanding of speaking and listening for a variety of purposes. Through interaction with short stories, speeches, novels, plays, poetry, and nonfiction, we will discover how the American experience has been portrayed by a diverse group of authors. This course will provide the opportunity to explore its diverse nature; to help students develop a deeper understanding of the evolving issues around defining the American literary canon; to encourage the reading of literature with general appreciation and open-mindedness; and to develop a critical understanding of the texts, including from a Christ worldview.
Primary Text: The Norton Anthology of African
American Literature, 2nd edition
Additional texts to be provided by the student:
The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee by Jarena Lee (https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.69015000002754&view=1up&seq=5)
The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11214)
The African Repository (https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=ZjKORW7maYwC&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA1)
Nobody Knows My Name by James Baldwin
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Course Evaluation: Student progress and
evaluation in the course will be determined by quizzes/exams, homework, and
class participation which will include individual as well as collaborative
written, visual and oral responses to readings; a minimum of two short essays;
a group presentation; and a final project. Length and scope of responses, short
essays, and final project will be discussed in class.
credit points available through summer reading. Reading list will be provided in May to enrolled students. Honors option available upon request.)
$315/semester, payments due August 31, 2020 and January 4, 2021
Fee: $25/year for copies and materials, paid by the first class
Feel free to contact Mrs. Wells at email@example.com or text/call 404-514-7115.
You can drop the course at any time by or before August 28, 2019. Any tuition paid will be fully reimbursed.
You may withdraw from the class at any time after the first class, for any reason; however, you will not be eligible for a tuition refund.
Exceptions will be made as follows:
● The family moves more than 50 miles from LAC
● Death of a parent
● Primary income earner for the family loses employment
In these cases, a prorated refund of tuition will be given.