In the first half of this course, the student will focus on the literary movements that comprise American literature, and trace the chronology of national literature from the early American and colonial period through the periods of Realism and Regionalism. In reading these diverse selections, the student will gain a thorough understanding of fiction, including short stories, poetry and drama; as well as nonfiction genres, including the oral tradition, seminal historical documents, and speeches. The student will also read Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s play The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible may be read instead of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. In reading these American plays and composing a dramatic scene, the student will understand drama in its historical and literary context.