American Literature Essay Prompts with Rubrics: An Expanding Bundle

American Literature Essay Prompts with Rubrics: An Expanding Bundle
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American Literature Essay Prompts: An Expanding Bundle

This expanding bundle of essay prompts will cover all eras and movements of American literature -- from the pre-colonial era to the present. The rubrics make for quick and simple grading that are standards-aligned. Use them as in-class assignments, take-home essays, or the essay portions of exams.

Each is linked to 2 CCSS for grades 11-12 (one for writing and one for reading: literature or reading: informational text). Each contains:

• 2 essay questions

• 2 rubrics

• Link to the full text (when available)

Current bundle contents:

• "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

• "Plan to Attaining Moral Perfection" excerpt from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

• "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner

• "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving

• "To Build a Fire" by Jack London

• "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe

• "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe

Coming Soon:

• "Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau

• And many more -- request it and I'll add it ASAP!

A word on the bundle:

I don’t know how many prompts will be in this bundle in the end, because I can’t foresee an end. Topics for American lit essays are endless, right? The price of this bundle will increase as additional prompts are created, so I encourage you to buy it today!

Thank you for stopping to Read a Little Dream!


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American literature, southern gothic, autobiography, modernism, product bundles, essays, Benjamin Franklin, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, To Build a Fire, Fall of the House of Usher, Rose for Emily, Tell-Tale Heart

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Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.
Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
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