2013-2014 Second semester exam information:

How to cite Ms. Lee, Mr. Rutherford, and the Mark Twain videos (there are two) -- be sure to use hanging indents. In addition to the novels you must cite all of the following:

Lee, Mary A. "American Literature." Saint Patrick School. Portland, MI. Spring 2014. Lecture.

Rutherford, George. "Morality in Of Mice and Men." Saint Patrick School. Portland, MI. 28 May 2014. Lecture.

Lindsay, Howard, narr. Project Twenty: Mark Twain's America. Prod. Sony Classics. Shanachie, 1960. Videocassette.

Minor, Dale, prod. Great Books: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Narr. Donald Sutherland. The Learning Channel, 1994. Videocassette.

Philip, Thomas, Bekah -- Watch:
1. Mark Twain's Mississippi, 1800-1900: Economic Development https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-K2qiQi_2c
2. Mark Twain's Mississippi, 1800-1900: African Americans in the Mississippi Valley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H74FrqFiDjA

American Romanticism - Dark Romantics:

Online text with notes of "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe https://psportal.hbuhsd.org/Public%20Content/CJ106984/The_Fall_of_the_House_of_Usher_eText.pdf

Prezi on American Romanticism

Overview for Test on American Romanticism Week
  • American Romanticism
    • Intro pp 180-186
    • Yellow chart

  • Washington Irving
    • "Rip Van Winkle"
    • "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • "The Minister's Black Veil"
    • "Rappacini's Daughter"

  • Herman Melville
    • Selections from Moby Dick

  • Edgar Allan Poe -- what is included on website plus the story, "The Fall of the House of Usher," text link above

  • Literary Terms focus
    • Symbolism
    • Theme
    • Using imagery and figurative language in writing
    • Writer choices - point of view, setting (time and place), trustworthiness of narrator
    • One short answer response prompt will deal with the trustworthiness of Ishmael as a narrator. You will need to take a position and clearly support it with solid evidence from the text.

American Lit First Semester Exam Overview 2013-14
  1. You will be given excerpts of reading passages with questions related to understanding and evaluating the literary passages. Some questions will relate to when and why pieces written, i.e. importance of a political speech given to spur on the Revolutionary War
  2. You will be given sample writing passages (such as a student's rough draft of an essay introduction) along with questions over writing skills, such as style, improvement, sentence correction, editing and revising, identifying errors in usage and mechanics)
  3. You will also have multiple choice questions over literary terms. Some will be definitions only, but most will be how the literary elements work and contribute to meaning of works.
  4. You will have multiple choice questions over the aspects and importance of
    • Colonial Period - Age of Faith, including The Crucible by Arthur Miller
    • Revolutionary Period - Age of Reason
    • Native American Culture and Literature (not a huge section of exam)
    • You do not have to the entire works memorized. You should focus on knowing key elements -- why written, type of writing,
  5. You will not have to write any essays on this exam.

A great website to use for review (as shown in class) is:


Extra credit essay due Monday, Nov 11, 2013 Up to 30 points e.c. possible

Write a persuasive essay arguing for or against the following statement:
It is nobler to die with integrity than to live with compromised principles that harm others.
  • Use examples from
    • The Crucible
    • Puritans and Colonial life
    • The Revolutionary Age and Age of Reason in America
  • Be specific
  • Use your textbook and outside sources
  • Length and formatting requirements:
    • 3-4 pages typed
    • double spaced
    • 12 point Times New Roman
    • MLA header
    • separate MLA Works Cited page at end

Study Guide for Test over The Colonial Period: The Age of Faith

  • Writers
    • William Bradford - "Of Plymouth Plantation"
      • View of early Colonial life
    • Jonathan Edwards - "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
      • reasons for 1741 sermon
      • images and metaphors used
      • reaction by community
    • Arthur Miller - The Crucible - see links above
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne - "The Minister's Black Veil"
      • connections to Puritanism
      • comparison with Jonathan Edwards
    • William Byrd
      • non-Puritan view of Colonial life
    • Native American Myths
      • importance of studying them
    • Benjamin Franklin
      • writings
      • virtues
      • maxims
      • major contributions
    • Thomas Paine
      • writings
      • major contributions
    • Patrick Henry
      • writings
      • "Speech to the Virginia Convention" --- "Give me liberty or give me death!"
      • major contributions
    • Thomas Jefferson
      • writings
      • major contributions

  • Section Introductions and Timelines
    • The Colonial Period: The Age of Faith, p2
    • The Revolutionary Period: The Age of Reason, p66



Transcendentalism Definition Paper
- The MS Word doc of requirements that you already have is here:
- Get formatting and writing help on my writing wiki page. Here's the link http://spsela.wikispaces.com/Writing+Tips+%26+Help
- Link for the main page of the WebQuest: http://westlake.k12.oh.us/whs/english/AmerLitWebQuest/AmericanRenaissance/process.htm

1. Go to this website:


2. Find the page title Exploring American Renaissance and Transcendentalism. Fill it in as you go through the webquest. This will prepare you on the topic, and will prepare you to write an essay on the subject. Each question of the quiz is on the Task Page and contains a corresponding link on the Resources Page where the answer to the question may be found on various websites. After you fill in the work page, get it initialed by Ms. Lee (or substitute teacher). Do this before you move on.

3. After you’ve had your work page initialed, use the information obtained, from visiting the websites associated with the questions, and your textbook to create an outline for your Transcendentalism Definition Paper

4. After you have created your outline as pre-writing, continue to gather information from your textbook as related to Transcendentalism.

5. Draft Transcendentalism Definition Paper.

6. Edit, revise, and proofread paper.

Print and submit final copy of Transcendentalism Definition Paper
Paper due Wednesday, March 7, 2012.