American Literature

1 Credit 2013-2014 Traditional and Block Schedule

Course Description

Through a survey of American literature, students understand and appreciate American history to its fullest. Literature comes alive with an infusion of history as students read, analyze, and interpret a variety of genres, such as poetry, drama, folktale, and biography. Students are challenged to interpret each piece of literature soundly and handle literary techniques skillfully. At the end of this course, students have improved their vocabulary, grammar, usage, sentence structure, diction, punctuation, reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills.

Course Syllabus

Please view the class syllabus now.

Please Note

If you have an urgent question, feel free to call/text. If I do not answer, leave a message and I’ll call you back by the end of the following day.If you email me during my work hours, more than likely you will hear from me that day. If you email when I’m not “working”, you will most likely not get a response until the next day.

Check your email DAILY!!!

I will email you many, many times to discuss many of the following topics:
  • Deadlines
  • Forum Posts
  • Important Information
  • Lesson Recordings/Seminar Information

If you don’t check your email daily, you won’t know what you are missing. Also, make sure you EMAIL ME or CALL ME or TEXT ME when you need help. Don’t wait for me to reach out to you first. Be your own advocate. It’s essential in online learning.

Lesson Recordings/Seminars

There are recordings done by myself or Mrs. Goforth for every lesson in your course. The recordings are intended to explain the information in the lessons in a different way to help you understand the content. The following Google Doc contains the recordings. Please use the recordings as you need them. If you are stuck on a lesson, check out the recording.

Lessons Recordings Google Doc:

Once a month, we will have a live seminar. I will email you information about the time and place of the seminar in advance so you can plan accordingly. These seminars will be very important for your to attend and will be counted as Extra Credit!

The Seminars will be in one of the following classrooms:

Mrs. Ackerman’s Classroom:

Mrs. Goforth’s Classroom:

First and third quarters will be in Mrs. Ackerman's classroom and second and fourth quarters will be in Mrs. Goforth's classroom. Don't worry. I will remind you of this many, many times.


Your writing submissions will usually be graded with 72 hours (not including weekends/holidays) of being submitted. Research papers may take up to a week to be graded.

School Calendar

To view Provost 2013-2014 School Calendar, click here.

Even though you may work 24/7, we do still have a calendar at Provost with various holidays listed. When there is a holiday, you probably won't be able to reach me, and I may not be grading anything that day. Make sure you take a look at the calendar to know those dates.

Course Breakdown

This course is broken up as follows:

  • 4 Total Part
  • 3 Units in each Part
  • 10 Lessons in Unit 1 and 2
  • 15 Lessons in Unit 3
  • Each Unit Ends with an exam Resulting in 3 exams per Part

Deadlines and Pacing

Traditional Schedule

Part 1: Due October 21st

  • 1-2 Lessons/Day or 5 per Week

Part 2: Due January 14th

  • 1-2 Lessons/Day or 5 per Week

Part 3: Due March 24th

  • 1-2 Lessons/Day or 5 per Week

Part 4: Due June 4th

  • 1-2 Lessons/Day or 5 per Week

*Block Schedule

Part 1 and Part 2: Due January 14th
  • 2-4 Lessons/Day or 10 per Week

Part 3 and Part 4: Due June 4th
  • 2-4 Lessons/Day or 10 per Week

*If you are on block schedule, you are completing double the coursework in half the time. It is IMPERATIVE that you do not get behind!

Plagiarism Policy

Please understand that plagiarism is something that will not be tolerated. Please view the PASC plagiarism policy by clicking here.


We have a class Edmodo page!

Code to Join: mam2uy (everyone is expected to join)

Edmodo is a great way for us to “connect” as a class.

We use Edmodo for the following:·

  • Group Discussion/Forums ·
  • Classroom Posts·
  • News/Help Forums·
  • Resources—oh my the resources you will find on there·
  • Extra Credit Assignments·
  • Question/Answer sessions—for when that lesson is just bugging us all.

Important—Netiquette Rules

***Remember—You must always show your respect for your instructor and your classmates on Edmodo and anywhere else in the class. Edmodo is a tool we use to connect as classmates and friends so that we can have appropriate, beneficial, and educational discussions. Failure to adhere to appropriate behavior will result in your inability to access posts, forums, or discussions for the remainder of the year.**


Remember to take the survey embeded below (It's the same survey from the top of the page...I just want to make sure you remember to complete it.)You will receive extra credit for completing the survey.