American Lit Add-on: Research Papers

New for 2020-2021, the add-on writing portion of American Lit will be available as a stand-alone course and not requiring a registration for the main literature course as our other English add-on courses do.

The reason is that it's the one add-on that isn't based on the readings in the main course. By offering it separately, we're letting many older teens obtain skills needed for university, namely that of writing research papers.

The live webinar will be 1/2-hour weekly sessions that follow on from the American Lit main course, and will entail about 2 hours of homework each week.

The first term will be a traditional-style research project with all the skills of narrowing a topic, tracking down sources, careful note-taking, proper citations, and instruction on how to build up to a long paper of 10 pages or more.

The second term will focus on a new style of writing research, the multi-genre project. Based on an American artist, this project will have students build on the skills and tools from the autumn term, but add to their repertoire with Prezi presentations, prose responses to artwork, and a variety of other creative projects that encompass the life and work of their artist toward a single focus.

UK students may be interested to know that the multi-genre project can contribute toward an Art Award at Bronze level, thus killing two birds with one stone!

For US students, the course will constitute one high school credit in Writing, or if combined with the American Literature main course, a credit with honors level.

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