American Literature is a course which traces the growth and development of literature in America from the colonial days to the present. Students will study a variety of literary genres, including the short story, novel, poetry, and drama. Students will compose several major compositions, including the literary essay and a course comprehensive paper. Other expository, narrative, and analysis writing will be frequent components of the course. Vocabulary will be studied through the extended texts of fiction and nonfiction. The Common Core Standards for American Literature will be covered in this course.