American Literature

American Literature (Hybrid Class)

Location: Epiphany Lutheran Church6606 Maplecrest Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Grade Level: 8th – 12th grades

Ages: 13 & up

Classes Meet: Mondays

Semester 1:  Monday, September 11th – November 27th, 2023 

OPTIONAL Semester 2: Monday, January 8th – March 25th, 2024. (VIRTUAL)

(December 4th will be a make-up day if needed.)

Times: 12: 00 – 12: 50 pm 

Instructor: Tracy Ramsour

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Tuition / Fees: $300.00 tuition ($150.00 per semester).  An enrollment fee of $50 is due within 2 weeks of registration for the first semester and another $50 deposit will be due for the second semester by 11/7/23. Both will come off of your tuition for each semester. The enrollment fees are non-refundable and will hold your place in the class.

This is an OPTIONAL FULL year-long class. 

Course Description: This will be a hybrid class meaning the first semester will be offered in-person and the optional second semester will be offered virtually. The virtual class will consist of weekly videos and online discussion posts, along with the readings and homework assignments.  We will be discussing and exploring the various types of literature and literary elements, as we read and interact with pieces of literature that span US history from its beginnings until modern times. Students will average 100 pages of reading per week outside of class. There will be quizzes over select pieces of literature. Some of the literature we will be reading will include:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare*

Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’ Dell *

Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Short stories and various writings from Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, etc.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain *

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott *

Poetry by: Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, etc.

The Miracle Worker by William Gibson *

To Kill A  Mockingbird by Harper Lee *

The Call of the Wild by Jack London *

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt*

*Indicates pieces of literature that students will be responsible to obtain. I will give you specific dates we will be using these pieces prior to the beginning of the semester. These should all be available at the public library if you do not wish to purchase them.

This is a year-long class. The class is worth 2 credits of U.S. Literature on a high school transcript.

If you have a student with special needs, please contact the teacher directly to discuss.

Min. 5 / Max 18

There is a $50 deposit (which will be deducted from your tuition) that is due upon registration for the 1st semester and then by 11/7/23 for the second semester. Both deposits are non-refundable and will hold your place in the class.