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Banned Books: American Historical Literature Analysis [Fridays 1 to 2 pm]

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Banned Books: American Historical Literature Analysis
2 Semester Course:
1st Semester: August 16 to December 13
2nd Semester: January 17 to May 16
Price per Semester is $140
Class: Fridays 1 to 2 pm
Taught by Ms. Allison

Course Description:
In this high school level homeschool literature analysis course, students will delve into the rich tapestry of American historical literature through the lens of banned books. By exploring novels, plays, and short stories that have been censored or challenged throughout history, students will engage in critical analysis, thoughtful reflection, and meaningful discussions about the societal, cultural, and historical contexts in which these works were written and banned. Through close reading, literary analysis, and multimedia resources, students will examine themes of race, class, gender, identity, freedom, justice, and morality, as portrayed in the selected banned books. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking skills, textual analysis techniques, and effective communication through writing and discussion.
Course Objectives:
Analyze the historical and cultural contexts in which banned books were written and banned.
Explore themes, motifs, and symbols in banned American historical literature.
Examine the impact of censorship on literature and society.
Develop critical reading, writing, and analytical skills through close reading and textual analysis.
Engage in thoughtful discussions and debates about the themes, characters, and events depicted in banned books.
Connect the themes and issues raised in banned books to contemporary society and personal experiences.
Required Reading List:
"The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan
"The Crucible" by Arthur Miller
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
"The Lottery and Other Stories" by Shirley Jackson
"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" by Frederick Douglass
"The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane
Course Structure:
The course will be divided into thematic units, with each unit focusing on one or more banned books and related historical and literary themes. Students will engage in a variety of activities, including close reading, group discussions, writing assignments, research projects, and multimedia presentations. The course will culminate in a final project in which students will conduct an in-depth analysis of a banned book of their choice and present their findings to the class.
There are no prerequisites for this course, but students should have a strong foundation in reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking skills. Additionally, students should be prepared to engage in mature and respectful discussions about sensitive and controversial topics depicted in banned books.

Time Investment:

Students should expect to read a minimum of one hour a week outside of class on required reading material. Students may also be required to do research outside of class on historical time periods depicted in the books we are reading.

Students should be expected to have physical copies of all books. A book bundle is available at Homeschool House containing all books. Part of this course includes learning to annotate for comprehension.