This course offers tenth-grade students the opportunity to understand issues surrounding the construction of one’s identity in America through the author’s use of point of view, characterization, language, and his or her depictions of race, gender, and societal expectations. Students will also consider how the concept of the American Dream changes throughout various periods in literature. Additional readings, such as poems, short stories, and nonfiction essays, will supplement students’ comprehension of the themes in eight major units in this honors college-prep course. Throughout the year, students will be able to make connections among The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter, Transcendentalist literature , The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Awakening, The Great Gatsby, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Catcher in the Rye by comparing and contrasting the characters’ successes or failures in achieving individuality within a particular time period, and by analyzing how the concept of identity has been impacted by specific moments in history. Essential Question: How does literature by American authors shape the American identity?