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American Passages Series

AMERICAN PASSAGES encourages an open-ended thematic approach to American literature, with an organizing principal of five Guiding Questions:
What is an American?
What is American Literature?
How do place and time shape an author's works, and our understanding of them?
What characteristics of a literary work have made it influential over time?
How are American myths created, challenged and re-imagined through this literature?
THE INSTRUCTOR GUIDE:
Each Unit of the Instructor Guide includes thematically-organized contextual materials ready for classroom use. The Guides can be viewed as web pages with hyperlinks to corresponding materials in the Online Archive, and in PDF for easy downloading and printing at http://www.learner.org/amerpass/index.html




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Regional Realism Depicting the Local in American Literature, 1865-1900-Unit 8
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Set in the antebellum American South, but written after Emancipation, Mark Twain's novel The Adventure's of Huckleberry Finn remains a classic of American Literature. This episode compares Twain's depiction of Southern vernacular culture to that ... [more]
March 8, 2010 at 01:52 PM
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Ages: 12 - 18
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Puritan and Quaker Utopian Visions, 1620-1750-Unit 3
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When British colonists landed in the Americas they created communities that they hoped would serve as a "light onto the nations." But what role would the native inhabitants play in this new model community? This Unit compares the answers of three imp... [more]
March 8, 2010 at 01:34 PM
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Ages: 18 - 18
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Social Realism-Class Consciousness in American Literature, 1875-1920-Unit 9
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This program presents the authors of the American Gilded Age, such as Edith Wharton, and juxtaposes them with social realists like Anzia Yezierska. These writers expose the double world that made up turn-of-the-century New York: that of the elite... [more]
March 8, 2010 at 01:54 PM
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Ages: 18 - 18
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Poetry of Liberation-Unit 15
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For many, the 1960s mark the true end of modern America. Whereas the modernists remained serious about the transcendent nature of art, the artists of the 1960s wanted an art that was relevant. They wanted an art that not only spoke about justice, but... [more]
March 8, 2010 at 02:07 PM
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Ages: 18 - 18
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Exploring Borderland-Unit 2
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Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldúa tells us that the border is "una herida abierta [an open wound] where the lifeblood of two worlds is merging to form a third country — a border culture." This program explores the literature of the Chicano borderlands... [more]
March 8, 2010 at 01:29 PM
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Ages: 18 - 18
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Modernist Portraits-Unit 11
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Jazz filled the air and wailed against the night. Caught in the sway, American prose writers sought out the forbidden - the slang, the dialects, and the rhythms of the folk and of everyday life. Writers such as Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald fo... [more]
March 8, 2010 at 01:59 PM
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Ages: 18 - 18
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Ethnic Writers and the Literary Mainstream, 1945-1969-Unit 14
From learner.org, produced by Annenberg Media/Learner.org
This episode guides the viewer through the works and contexts of ethnic writers from 1945-1965. Starting with the works of Ralph Waldo Ellison, Philip Roth, and N. Scott Momaday, we explore the way writers from the margins took over the center of Ame... [more]
March 8, 2010 at 02:05 PM
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Ages: 18 - 18
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American Prose Writers-Unit 16
From learner.org, produced by Annenberg Media/Learner.org
Even as the poets covered in Unit 15, Poetry of Liberation, were fostering a rebellion, contemporary prose writers began creating a new American tradition comprised of many strands, many voices, and many myths about the past. This program explores ... [more]
March 8, 2010 at 02:09 PM
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Ages: 18 - 18
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Migrant Struggle-Unit 12
From learner.org, produced by Annenberg Media/Learner.org
Americans have often defined themselves through their relationship to the land. This program traces the social fiction of three key American voices: John Steinbeck, Carlos Bulosan, and Helena María Viramontes.
March 8, 2010 at 02:01 PM
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Ages: 18 - 18
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Declaring Independence, 1710-1850-Unit 4
From learner.org, produced by Annenberg Media/Learner.org
The Enlightenment brought new ideals and a new notion of selfhood to the American colonies. This program begins with an examination of the importance of the trope of the self-made man in Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, and then turns to the develo... [more]
March 8, 2010 at 01:42 PM
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