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Survey of American Authors and Persuasive Writing

  • Do you recognize the lines from these great works of American Literature?

    • “Listen my children and you shall hear”

    • “One dollar and eighty-seven cents.” 

    • “On the eastern bank of the lazy Tappan Zee River lies the little port village of Tarry Town.”

  • The previous lines were written by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow, O. Henry, and Washington Irving.

    • All of these quotes are from great American authors whose works we are still reading today.  This class will explore great works of American Literature.

  • In American Literature II, students will dive into other genres of American Literature. Selections to be read will include: a play, a work of non-fiction, poetry, and short stories by such authors as: Longfellow, Dickinson, Fitzgerald, Frost, Twain, and many others.

  • American Literature I is NOT a prerequisite for this class.  However, we will refer to To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee during some of our discussions.  Therefore, any students who have not read that book in the past year should read it by the end of January.

  • Class time will consist of group discussions, vocabulary development, grammar usage, diagramming sentences, writing exercises, and quizzes.

  • Students will keep a reader’s journal, write several papers, complete weekly homework assignments, and take a final exam.

  • This class is for any students, grades 9-12, as well as advanced 8th grade students.


  • This one-semester course is worth 1/2 credit of high school English. Parents are responsible for managing the transcript for their student.  The teacher will communicate the end-of-course grade within 2 weeks of the final class date.

  • The class will meet on Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM. Cost is $150. A sibling discount, 10% of total, is offered.

  • Mrs. Manley's COVID-19 Policies are listed below.


Texts will be provided by Bristol Academy.   Students do not need to purchase books.


Students are expected to treat with care the Bristol Academy books on loan to them.

Works of Literature include:​

  • 12 Angry Men, a play by Reginald Rose

  • A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

  • Poetry, short stories, and other examples of American Literature from a variety of American authors.

  • Students will be provided links and/or photocopies as needed so that they can complete required reading.

  • PREREQUISITE: Students should read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee by the end of January. (Students who took American Lit in Fall 2020 already did this).

​Mrs. Manley's COVID-19 Policies:

1.    Bristol Academy teachers are trying to keep everyone as safe as possible, but it is impossible to remove all risk.  Therefore, students assume risk by entering the classroom. 


2.    If you have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, stay home. This includes family members, friends, and co-workers. See this link for a definition of “Close Contact” and instructions on how long to Quarantine. 


3.    If you have ANY of the COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.  These symptoms are listed here and include fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sudden loss of taste/smell, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea.


4.   Mask-wearing and social distancing are encouraged. 



Classroom set-up, activities, and exercises will adhere to social distancing guidelines (6ft apart minimum).   

Paper or Cloth masks will be worn in class until everyone is seated. Once everyone is seated 6ft away from students with whom they are not normally in contact, students may remove their masks.   

If a student does miss a class, Mrs. Manley will work with students/parents to make sure that the student is caught up.



NOTE: Mrs. Manley will also follow these guidelines.  If the teacher or anyone in her household contracts COVID-19 or is otherwise required to quarantine, we will either have an in-person substitute teacher or class will be moved online and continue via Skype or Zoom. 


Spring, 2021 Thursdays


American Literature II

   $150.00* - payable at registration

Mrs. Manley offers a 10% discount for multiple siblings taking her classes.

*Plus insurance and facilities fee.

See Registration page for details.

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