Course Description:The study of both classic and contemporary American literature will enhance the student’s appreciation for literature. The student will be able to identify the prevalent themes and characterizations present in American literature, which are reflective of the history and culture. The student will also read and critique a variety of dramatic selections with an emphasis on irony. The student will be able to write clear and accurate personal, professional, and informational correspondence and reports for research and other applications. The writing emphasis will be persuasion. The student will develop informative and persuasive compositions by locating, evaluating, synthesizing, and citing applicable information with careful attention to organization and accuracy. Grammar development will continue through the application of rules for sentence formation, usage, spelling, and mechanics. Students taking this course will take two required end-of-course SOL tests: the Writing SOL Test and the Reading/Literature/ Research SOL Test. Students must pass both the course and the two SOL tests to earn two verified credits which are required for graduation.