Eastside Academic Studies


African-American Literature/ Composition [American Lit Substitution]

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Teacher: Malaika Wells
Email: easaalit@gmail.com
Date/Time: Tuesday - 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Room: 255/257
Department: Language Arts
DOE Number: 23.05100, 1 core credit
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)
Maximum Enrollment: 12

PREREQUISITE: 9th Grade Literature/Composition (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B. (Please contact Mrs. Wells if your student doesn't meet this prerequisite.)

“Every country’s literature is a permanent reflection of its people’s ethos.” — Acharya Shukla

Class Description

What is American Lit? This course focuses on the identification of American literature and informational texts, writing modes and genres, and 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 texts in all genres and modes of discourse. Students will practice writing in argumentative, expository 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. 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 and discuss a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, and nonfiction, from the earliest published work by Africans in America to contemporary Black authors following the historical timeline of American literary periods.

Course Objectives

The objective of the course is 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, open-mindedness and inquiry; and to develop a critical understanding of the texts, including from a Christ worldview.

Primary Texts: The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, 2nd edition

Additional texts to be provided by the student:

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee by Jarena Lee

Course Evaluation: Based on classwork, homework, quizzes/tests, seminars, papers, and a final project. 

Tuition:           $800/year, with full tuition paid by August 15, 2022

                        $450/semester, with payments due August 15, 2022 and January 15, 2022

                       $100/month, with payments due on the 15th of each month, August through April

Fee:                 $50/materials fee, paid by August 15, 2022

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Feel free to contact Mrs. Wells at easaalit@gmail.com or text/call 404-514-seven-one-one-five with any questions.

Please allow 48 hours for response via email.  Please call or text for quicker response. 

Cancellation Policy

You can drop the course at any time by or before August 12, 2022. 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:

      Death of a parent/primary caregiver

      Primary income earner for the family loses employment

In these cases, a partial refund of tuition will be given.

* This class will be cancelled if less than 4 students enroll. 

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