The American Authors: Poe, Hawthorne, & Sinclair
(A New Course)
Section Code: LITX9301
America has produced many excellent authors and one person’s favorite may not be another’s. This course looks at three quite different, but equally important American authors: Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Upton Sinclair. In this course you will explore a number or Web resources about each. The Web provides biographies written by different people – each with a different perspective. There are sites that include photographs of their homes and communities. Copies of some of their work can be read, and often downloaded to your computer. Then read critiques and criticisms of their works. Authors like Sinclair wrote about the social issues of their times and your students can learn about the events surrounding authors that will provide insights to the story behind the story. By designing a web quest style lesson, you can engage your students in research, information, and critical thinking insights about each, all, and other great American authors.
The Great American Authors: Steinbeck, London, and others
(A New Course)
Section Code: LITX9302
This course will look at two important, and famous, American authors: John Steinbeck, Jack London, and a wide range of other authors who have become leaders in the World and the world of literature. This course will explore a selected collection of top American authors and then will dig deeper into the resources of two specific authors, Steinbeck and London. You will be able to sample the types of resources you can find on almost any author and that you can use as the foundation of lessons that meet your students’ grade-level and learning needs. You then develop a course project based on the research you do either from the resources provided or from the ones you find in your independent research. This project is designed to serve your students.
The Great American Black Authors: Cummings, DuBois, & Washington
(A New Course)
Section Code: LITX9303
African-American authors are explored in this course to focus on their contribution to the American culture and to focus on the unique challenges they had in developing a special place in World literature. E.E. Cummings, WEB DuBois, and Booker T. Washington each had their own challenges and unique perspectives on how to improve life of African-Americans. Part of this course points out that they often had very different perspectives and their often public conflicts enriched the degree of understanding by the American public of the plight of African-Americans. Their insights and writings led the way to necessary reforms that would eventually lead to more equality and opportunity. The course project can provide your students with an opportunity to conduct in-depth research on topics and issues of interest to them. The web quest style lesson plan can be a jumping-off point for their further study.