Category Archives: American Literary Studies

Trees of Temptation

The Bible is an influential text that presents in self in a variety of American literature in the form of allusions and motifs. The motif of a tree is important in the Bible, and its significance has found its way … Continue reading

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Create a Compelling Argument

Let’s celebrate this great documentary on Willa Cather’s letters more. Again, we’ll review first the section around minute 19 where Cather receives the mentorship of Sarah Orne Jewett to find a quiet center in her life and compose literature. https://player.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365563628/Continue reading

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Make a Connection to the Poetry

View the first thirty minutes of this Emily Dickinson documentary, Voice and Visions; then view the seven minute documentary on Walt Whitman. While you view each film, consider how each film helps you consider each poet in a new light. … Continue reading

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Create a Compelling Argument

This is just to let you know that the technology department in the Crowsnest likes to connect literature to modern movies; enjoy this trailer from the interesting and entertaining teen movie, Easy A. Though by no means a rendition of Hawthorne’s … Continue reading

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1929, Oil On Canvas

WHY MODERN? The following art called “Chop Suey” by Edward Hopper depicts two crucial elements of Modernism: presenting the thoughts of a character in a nonlinear fashion and portraying a sense of loneliness and alienation. There are well-dressed women who … Continue reading

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Let’s Use Malcolm Gladwell’s Podcast to Introduce Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

Malcolm Gladwell examines the story of this famous painting to begin his podcast. Below is an image of Calling the Roll After An Engagement, Crimea, better known as The Roll Call. I used the image from Wikipedia; it is an 1874 oil-on-canvas … Continue reading

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Create a Compelling Argument

In 4-6 sentences (of Standard English), make an argument for the best AP Prompt that illuminates the most profound literary qualities of Cather’s novel, My Antonia. If someone else has claimed the same prompt that you had in mind, then … Continue reading

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Let’s Curate Digital Assets for Colonial Literary History

Religious leader Anne Hutchinson arrived in the New World from England on this day in 1634. https://t.co/1oQk9CrwX1 #apush pic.twitter.com/pZ2QkV1mZl — AP for Students (@APforStudents) September 18, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsLet’s start collecting digital assets that will enhance our study of colonial literature. … Continue reading

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Let’s Use PBS Documentary to Guide Colonial Literature

PBS Frontline’s God in America helps us appreciate the Puritan way of life exhibited in Geraldine Brooks’ Caleb’s Crossing and will help us get ready to read John Winthrop’s sermon “A Model of Christian Charity.” Let’s have you just view … Continue reading

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Caleb’s Crossing as Threshold to American Literature

Geraldine Brooks’ Caleb’s Crossing will help our introduction to American literature. While there are many voice and location to begin an American literature course, this historical novel may help us appreciate the colonial invasion from the Native American point of … Continue reading

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