American Literature – Ind. Study
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American Literature – Ind. Study

This independent study opportunity focuses on American Literature. Students can choose to study a time period, a literary period, a specific American author, or they can take a more eclectic approach. American Literature is rich, and the possibilities are endless. In this study, students should expect to choose three longer works or two longer works and a collection of short stories or poetry to read and analyze. Students will be expected to consider social and historical context, author background, the use of literary devices, etc. Students will be expected to compose three essays covering the three works read. Guidance can be given on selected works and on essay topics if needed. Students should be familiar with the basic formatting of a 5 paragraph essay in MLA format. If a student’s writing ability is more advanced, longer essays will be accepted. Students will meet with the instructor before each writing assignment. All other correspondence will occur via email. Students may choose to replace one paper with a project. The project must be approved by the instructor.

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Jess Woods currently resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. Though she spent her childhood and adolescence in Georgia, Jess has lived in eight different states and has a fondness for traveling and experiencing different regions, as each one has taught her something about herself and about community. Jess enjoys reading, writing, and all things music (ok, most things music). Teaching is the perfect career for her since she loves being able to experience an appreciation for words and story come alive within other people.

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