American Literature – Student Outcomes

1 Explain the function of character.
2 Explain the function of setting.
3 Explain the function of plot and structure.
4 Explain the function of the narrator or speaker.
5 Explain the function of word choice, imagery, and symbols.
6 Explain the function of comparison.
7 Develop textually substantiated arguments about interpretations of part or all of a text.
8 Identify and describe what specific textual details reveal about a character, that  character’s perspective, and that character’s motives.
9 Identify and describe specific textual details that convey or reveal a setting.
10 Identify and describe how plot orders events in a narrative.
11 Explain the function of a particular sequence of events in a plot.
12 Identify and describe the narrator or speaker of a text.
13 Identify and explain the function of point of view in a narrative.
14 Develop a paragraph that includes 1) a claim that requires defense with evidence from the text and the evidence itself.
15 Explain the function of structure in a text.
16 Explain the function of specific words and phrases in a text.
17 Identify and explain the function of a simile.
18 Identify and explain the function of a metaphor.
19 Explain the function of a significant event or related set of significant events in a plot.
20 Explain the function of conflict in a text.
21 Develop a thesis statement that conveys a defensible claim about an interpretation of literature and that may establish a line of reasoning.
22 Develop commentary that establishes and explains relationships among textual evidence, the line of reasoning, and the thesis.
23 Select and use relevant and sufficient evidence to both develop and support a line of reasoning.
24 Demonstrate control over the elements of composition to communicate clearly.
25 Describe the relationship between a character and a setting.
26 Identify and describe how plot orders events in a narrative.
27 Explain the function of contrasts within a text.
28 Identify and describe the narrator or speaker of a text.
29 Identify and describe details, diction, or syntax in a text that reveal a narrator’s or speaker’s perspective.
30 Identify and explain the function of personification.
31 Identify and explain the function of an allusion.
32 Explain the function of contrasting characters.
33 Explain how a character’s own choices, actions, and speech reveal complexities in that character, and explain the function of those complexities.
34 Explain how a narrator’s reliability affects a narrative.
35 Identify and explain the function of a symbol.
36 Identify and explain the function of personification.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural
events, and characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions.
2. Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the
social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of
expression during different historical periods in different regions.
4. Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts
and humanities.
5. Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and
grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature.
Core Objectives
A. Critical Thinking: To include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis,
evaluation, and synthesis of information.
B. Communication: To include the effective development, interpretation, and expression of
ideas through written and visual communication.