American Lit

It’s fascinating to talk to my grandchildren about what they are reading in their high school American lit class. They are still learning about Holden Caulfield and Big Brother and Piggy. These are the same characters I read about 50 years ago in high school. Makes me wonder what new material has been added to the curriculum since then. Is there anything new?

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

2 thoughts on “American Lit”

  1. I never asked to teach American Lit. I am an acting teacher with a credential in English, because there is no credential offered for theatre. I am grateful for my job, so I limp forward and prep for a class that I have never taught. Every day is a challenge.

  2. American literature comprised of Mark Twain and Jack London for me during my childhood.We grew up with Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and learnt of the trials and travails of the Klondike Gold rushers.Uncle Tom’s cabin told us a story of a bygone era, whereas Emily Dickinson penned our
    heartaches and angst in her eloquent pen.Edgar Allen Poe taught us to be afraid of everything and everyone, while Herman Melville and Ernest Hemingway took us sailing on the high seas.In short, like everyone in our generation , The American thinking not just influenced, it literally shaped and moulded our very psyche. Besides, as Robert Frost so famously declared,( we all have )’ miles to go before we sleep’……..

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