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AOG is a Liberal Arts Curriculum
designed for high school students transitioning from a conventional school to learning at home.

American Literature

List of Readings 

The links below connect to material which can be used for an introduction to classic literature of America. Generally, two literature discussions (classes)  are dedicated to each Project. So, most works of literature are covered across two weeks.
Titles which are highlighted are books which must be purchased or checked out separately. Where possible, readings can be accessed through the links provided.

There is no textbook for this course.

Projects are listed below. Deciding what is completed during actual literature discussion (class) time vs. independent or homework time is best determined by learning styles, teacher preference, or the nature of the work. Each project is divided into pre-reading/reading/post-reading phases.

Each student should keep printed materials in a binder (2 inch 3-ring binder). 

Whatever work is not finished during class discussions should be finished independently.

NOTE: Before starting Project #1, we need to finish up English Literature. On Friday, September 13th, each student will pick one of the following books to read for the following 2 weeks: Chesterton's Orthodoxy or Everlasting Man OR (almost) anything by C.S. Lewis. Details to follow...

Project #1 Founding Documents and Literature                         
1. Pre-Reading: The Influence of John Locke School of Life
2. Read: Poor Richard's Almanac by Benjamin Franklin, George Washington's Rules for Civility, Federalist Paper #10,   The Declaration of Independence, Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadworth Longfellow
3. Post-Reading Discussion and essay question (handout)

Project #2 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass American Slave
1. Pre-Reading: Frederick Douglass, From Slave to Presidential Advisor
2. Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass AmericanSlave
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #3 Speeches, Hymns, Poems, and Songs
Pre-Reading: 
Read:  Address to the Ohio Women's Rights Convention by Sojourner Truth, The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, The Battle Hym of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe, Women's Right to Vote by Susan B. Anthony, and I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr.

Project #4 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1. Pre-Reading: Biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne
2. Read: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #5 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
1. Pre-Reading:
2. Read: 
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #6 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
1. Pre-Reading:
2. Read: 
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #7 The House of Mirth
1. Pre-Reading:
2. Read: 
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #8 The Great Gatsby
1. Pre-Reading:
2. Read: 
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #9 Animal Farm by George Orwell (This book has been chosen to work alongside an American Government class.)
1. Pre-Reading:
2. Read: 
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #10 Poetry by Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
1. Pre-Reading:
2. Read: 
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #11 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1. Pre-Reading:
2. Read: 
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #12 Poetry by E.E. Cummings and Ogden Nash and The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway
1. Pre-Reading:
2. Read: 
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #13 Short stories by Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty
1. Pre-Reading:
2. Read: 
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

Project #14 Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
1. Pre-Reading:
2. Read: 
3. Post-Reading: Essay Questions

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