9th Grade American Literature & Composition


American Literature for Christian School by Raymond A. St. John, BJU Press, 2nd Edition
Writers Inc.:  A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning by Sebranek, Kemper, and Meyer

Reading List: (found online or in textbook)

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards
Poor Richards Almanac and Autobiography by Ben Franklin
Common Sense and The American Crisis by Thomas Paine
The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Raven, The Bells, Annabel Lee, Tell Tale Heart, The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Self Reliance and Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Gettysburg Address, Letter to Mrs. Bixby, and 2nd Inaugural by Abraham Lincoln
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Not in Vain by Emily Dickinson
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Mending Wall and The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Freedom by James Stockdale
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Hollow Men by T.S. Elliot


In this survey of Classic American works, students will explore the beginning and growth of American Literature in the context of a Christian worldview.  They will focus especially on the shifting philosophies and historical context associated with the development of the literary canon and will become acquainted with famous American authors, their classic works, and how these American classics illuminated the American dream.

Outside Homework:

4+ hours per week

Students must write a 2-3 page paper each month.  Students will write one research paper on a literary work which will be 6 pages with at least 4 sources.  The MLA format will be required for all papers, including a cover page and a works cited page. Homework may also include reading and answering questions from the BJU American Literature book, as well as, reading the great books and being able to discuss them in class.  Notes must be taken every day in class and there will be an in class first semester exam and also an in class second semester exam.