Unit III

Unit Three:  A Growing Nation

Time Allotted:  6 Weeks

How does freedom spark a Renaissance in American Literature?

Key Selections:

History to A Growing Nation p. 230


“The Devil and Tom Walker” p. 242

“A Psalm of Life” p. 258

“The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” p. 260

“The First Snowfall” p. 272

From “Snowbound” p.275

American Gothic

“The Fall of the House of Usher” p. 308

“The Raven” p. 326


History of Transcendentalism p. 384

from “Nature” p. 388

from “Self-Reliance” p. 391

“Civil Disobedience” p. 412

New England Renaissance: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman

“Because I could not stop for Death” p. 420

“I heard a Fly buzz—when I died” p.422

“The Soul selects her own Society” p. 425

“The Brain is wider than the sky” p. 426

“Water, is taught by thirst” p. 428

from “Song of Myself” p. 436

“I Hear America Singing” p. 442

“A Noiseless Patient Spider” p. 444

Optional selections for additional practice:

“Thanatopsis” p. 267

“Old Ironsides” p. 270 (Audio cassette 15 and 16, audio CD 2)

“Crossing the Great Divide” p. 286 (Audio cassette 1, audio CD 2)

“The Most Sublime Spectacle on Earth” p. 289 (Audio cassette 1, audio CD 2)

“Concord Hymn” p. 393

“The Snowstorm” p. 394

from “Walden” p. 402

“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” p. 440

“By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame” p. 441

Connections: Literature Past and Present

“Seeing” p. 300

“Where is Here?” p. 374

“I, too” p. 448

“To Walt Whitman” p. 450

Major Assignments:                             Unit Tests

                                                                      Comparison Contrast Essay