NYOS Charter School

English III, The American Dream: Writers, Voices and Perspectives in American Literature


Course Description:

The American Dream: Writers, Voices and Perspectives in American Literature approaches American Literature with the understanding that America is a diverse nation; to truly represent America, the course must embrace a multicultural perspective. This course will identify many of the critical aspects of multiculturalism in the United states, the rhetorical/stylistic appeals in writing beginning with the roots and foundation of America, conceptualizing the practice and promise of a more cultural perspective demonstrated by writers and applying a more critical lens to issues of race, gender, class, and other categories of difference. The student will understand that the concept of the American Dream extends beyond nationality or patriotism and applies to the human spirit, which can be inspiring, volatile, dark and revolutionary. Students will understand the diverse state of what it means to be living in America.


The Objective of this course is to learn about a multicultural America in literature through language, meaning and writing.


Student Expectations

  • Read, Critique, Discuss and apply meaningful analysis about a variety of texts that express American ideology.
  • Understand the different perspectives in American Literature and recognize the development in writing.
  • Develop an understanding for these differences and connecting to one’s own American perception.
  • All forms of writing will be practiced, and students will regularly plan, draft, edit, revise, and complete written final compositions.


Course Content Essential Questions:

  • How does one’s culture affect the views of America?


  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2rd quarter)
  • The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea (3th quarter)
English III Summer Reading Assignment
posted under the Summer Reading Tab. 

English III Supply List:


Required Materials:

  • 2 Composition Notebooks
  • Loose-leaf Notebook paper (college ruled)
  • 3 Ring Binder (English class only)
  • 1 packet dividers (optional)
  • Blue or Black Pens (ball-point ONLY)
  • Kleenex boxes
  • Quarter novels


Classroom Donations:

  • Post-it notes (2-3 packets)
  • Highlighters
  • Paper Reams (white)
  • Any of the assigned readings