The student will read, comprehend, and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture. a) Describe contributions of different cultures to the development of American literature. b) Compare and contrast the development of American literature in its historical context. c) Discuss American literature as it reflects traditional and contemporary themes, motifs, universal characters, and genres. d) Analyze the social or cultural function of American literature. e) Analyze how context and language structures convey an author’s intent and viewpoint. f) Explain how the sound of a poem (rhyme, rhythm, onomatopoeia, repetition, alliteration, assonance, and parallelism) supports the subject, mood, and theme. g) Explain how imagery and figures of speech appeal to the reader’s senses and experience. h) Explain how an author’s specific word choices, syntax, tone, and voice support the author’s purpose. i) Read and analyze a variety of American dramatic selections. j) Analyze the use of literary elements and dramatic conventions including verbal, situational and dramatic irony used in American literature. k) Generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and critical thinking questions before, during, and after reading texts.
differentiate among archetypal characters in American literature, such as the: