Modern Literature of Multicultural America

Modern Literature of Multicultural America

$249.00

Teen Focus 12+

Through a guided exploration of modern American literature, students will investigate themes of immigration, diversity, racism, and cultural traditions in the United States from 1945 to the present.  Students will analyze texts from literary, thematic, and historical perspectives to gain insights into multicultural modern life in America.  Selected authors include Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Gish Jen, Hisaye Yamamoto, Chitra Divakaruni, Amy Tan, Lorraine Hansberry, Chaim Potok, and Sherman Alexie.

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Through a guided exploration of modern American literature, students will investigate themes of immigration, diversity, racism, and cultural traditions in the United States from 1945 to the present.  Students will analyze texts from literary, thematic, and historical perspectives to gain insights into multicultural modern life in America.  Selected authors include Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Gish Jen, Hisaye Yamamoto, Chitra Divakaruni, Amy Tan, Lorraine Hansberry, and Chaim Potok.

This is fast-paced semester-long high school course in which students will read four full novels and several short stories and poems in a single semester.  Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recordings are available for students who must miss a session.

Learning activities include regular writing to communicate ideas via the discussion forum, videos and multimedia materials to support learning, use of web 2.0 tools to illustrate new concepts, and weekly participation in live webinars.

Required Books:

The Joy Luck Club  by Amy Tan

A Raisin in the Sun  by Lorraine Hansberry

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

If I Ever Get Out of Here  by Eric Gansworth

Imagining America: Stories from the Promised Land  by Wesley Brown and Amy Ling

Challenge Level

Appropriate for grades 9 through 12. This is a high school literature course open to students ages 12 and up who are prepared to read and discuss literature at a high school level.

Time Commitment

Most students report spending approximately 3 hours per week on homework outside of the webinar.

Instructor

Headmistress Guinevere

Usually Offered

Spring Semester

Prerequisites

Any HS Lightning Literature class, or equivalent literary analysis experience. Student must be able to read quickly and fluently at the 9th grade level or above. Students should also be able to write multi-paragraph texts independently and verbally communicate complex ideas with the microphone in the live webinar.

Reading List

◦ The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
◦ A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
◦ The Chosen by Chaim Potok
◦ If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
◦ Imagining America: Stories from the Promised Land by Wesley Brown and Amy Ling

Available Sessions

Spring 2019 Thursday 9am Pacific, Spring 2018 Wednesday 9am Pacific, Spring 2018 Thursday 3pm Pacific