"The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, and familiar things new." - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Glencoe "American Literature" (2002) also "makes new things familiar and familiar things new." Designed to meet the needs of today's classroom, "American Literature" has been developed with careful attention to instructional planning for teachers, strategic reading support, and universal access that meets the learning needs of all students.
Features: 'Genre Focus' introduces students to the elements and characteristics of the major genres highlighted in each unit. 'Active Reading Strategies' shows students the kind of thinking and questioning skilled readers use when reading a particular type of literature. 'Active Reading Models' let students apply the reading strategies that they just learned to a selection. 'Media Connections' provide contemporary connections to many selections through sources such as newspapers, magazines, web sites, song lyrics, and screenplays. 'Comparing Selections' pages in each unit present options for comparing and contrasting two selections through writing and discussions.
Guide to Active Reading
UNIT 1: From the Earliest Days Theme 1: Beginnings and Change
UNIT 2: A New Nation Theme 2: Breaking Free Theme 3: Gaining Insight
UNIT 3: The Civil War and Its Aftermath Theme 4: The Union Is Tested Theme 5: Two New American Voices
UNIT 4: Regionalism and Realism Theme 6: The Energy of the Everyday
UNIT 5: Beginnings of the Modern Age Theme 7: New Directions Theme 8: The Harlem Renaissance
UNIT 6: Midcentury Voices Theme 9: Personal Discoveries Theme 10: Acting on an Idea
UNIT 7: Into the Twenty-First Century Theme 11: Generations Theme 12: Variety Is Richness
Literary Terms Handbook Language Handbook - Troubleshooter - Troublesome Words - Grammar Glossary - Mechanics - Spelling Writing Handbook - The Writing Process - Writing Modes - Research Paper Writing - Business and Technical Writing Communications Skills Handbook - Using Electronic Resources - Study and Test-Taking Skills Reading Handbook - Vocabulary Development - Comprehension Strategies - Literary Response - Analysis and Evaluation Writing Workshop Models Glossary Spanish Glossary Index of Skills Index of Authors and Titles Index of Art and Artists Acknowledgments