Literature/Writing I: The American Dream
This is a general sophomore language arts course that examines ways that classic American literature (from the early 1800s to the early 1900s) characterizes the American Dream and resonates even with contemporary readers. Main units of study include Transcendentalism (Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Emily Dickinson); and Modernism and Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck).  


Transcendentalism (Defined by WSU)

Transcend Research Wksht: What is Transcendentalism?

Transcendentalism (PowerPoint)

Dead Poets Society Study Guide

Emerson's "Self-Reliance" (excerpted)

 American Dream

Multi-Media Collage (Video)

 Of Mice and Men

Vocab Handout (Chapters 3-4)

Vocab Handout (Chapters 5-6)

Chapter 1 Quiz (Corrections)

Self-Assessment #1

Dust Bowl/1930s PowerPoint

Terhark's Vocabulary List

Vocabulary from Chapters (w/ sentences from book)

Vocabulary List (Rosemount HS)

Chapter 1 Group Discussion

Chapter 2 (Post Reading) Interpretation Questions

Round-the-Room Discusssion

Chapters 1-2 Discussion

 Parts of Speech

Verbs Notes

Parts of Speech Definitions/Examples

Wide World of Verbs!

Prepositions Notes

Parts of Speech Quiz

Review:Parts of Speech

Parts of Speech Review

Answers-Parts of Speech Review

 Writing Tools

Word Central (Dictionary and Thesaurus)

Transitional Words and Phrases