Survey of American Literature/American Literature and Composition for Grades 10-12

This course corresponds to Georgia D.O.E. Course # 23.05100.

Mondays 10:00-12:15 (conference/lab time: 9:00-10:00, added to class time third Monday of each month for all students, every first and third Monday for honors students) at Eastside Academic Studies (

One credit for high school English. Honors credit available. $545/year or $275/semester (includes individual student fee to EAS)                                                                                       $50 discount to those registered by August 1

By special arrangement with the instructor, American Literature may be taken with AP Language for two credits. $795/year or $400/semester

The course surveys American literature within its historical context from the time of the explorers to the twenty-first century and is designed to prepare students for the pace and assignments of college courses. Students evaluate the effects of history and popular philosophies upon each era's literature as well as the effect literature has had on history. 


Survey of American Literature Includes:

  • Investigating authors' lives and the influences upon their writings
  • Analyzing important documents and speeches in the nation's founding and afterwards
  • Examining a variety of fictional genres, poetry, and drama
  • Developing arguments for or against an author's opinion
  • Comparing several works by the same author to determine style and themes
  • Understanding European influence upon American literature
  • Inspecting texts for use of literary devices and purposes for their use
  • Appreciating the art of word-smithing and how it has changed during time
  • Responding to authors' quotes and evaluating them in light of personal experience
  • Strengthening writing skills with weekly writing conferences by email or before class
  • Researching a topic within the period a novel is written
  • Exploring a writer's development
  • Visiting the apartment where one of the world's most famous novels was written
  • Investigating Georgia's place in American literature
  • Comparing the written word to the movie adaptation as well as to art and music of the eras
  • Discussing film and media as literature and their effects on literature
  • Viewing a story from a journalistic perspective
  • Participating in the reading of drama and poetry and stories in creative ways
  • Developing personal stories in a variety of ways

Classes meet once a week for a combination of lecture, discussion, close reading, and lab. Labs may include movies, guest speakers, investigations of literature, and writing. A field trip to the Margaret Mitchell House is included in the tuition and will take place on a day outside the regular class period.


To receive honors credit, students will have additional reading and writing assignments. For those combining American Literature and AP Language for two credits, assignments will be adjusted.