English 10: Literature, Culture, and Identity in the United States (Required; US)

Linda Johnson

Exploring the relationships between literature, culture, and identity, this course introduces a diverse range of stories, voices, perspectives, and experiences throughout the United States. Students examine the techniques, themes, values, and ideas that shape the literary tradition and select from a range of contemporary texts to enhance their understanding. They compare and contrast literary ideas as a means of developing close analysis and evaluation. Students deepen analytical reading skills, work to structure and support complex written arguments, and polish their ability to effectively use vocabulary and grammar by preparing short and long writings. Students cultivate their critical, creative, and communication skills by drafting essays, presenting ideas, and designing narratives through informal and formal types of media (e.g., presentations, discussions, interviews, reviews, and short films). As a culmination of their core humanities classes, students write a longer research paper that balances historical, literary, and cultural argument and analysis and hones note-taking, bibliography, and revision skills.  

Texts:

Akhtar, Disgraced or The Who and the What?

Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Walker, The Color Purple

TBD, novel by an indigenous writer in the US

TBD, graphic novel

Film:

Jenkins, Moonlight

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