Please see Google Classroom for your class specific assignments. This is a landing place for resources.

Current topic of study: How do our religious and philosophical beliefs affect our actions and shape our judgments of others?

Books to choose from for this unit: The Scarlet Letter, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Crucible, The Secret Life of Bees, The Poisonwood Bible, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

9/25/18–In class focus: the Puritans (Rowlandson, Bradstreet, Edwards). As we read these texts, be sure to make comparisons to your self-selected novels. 


Books, books, books

Many of the books that we will read in class are classics and are available online for free. I have links to some of these on the sidebar of my website. In fact, you can probably google these and findĀ audio versions on youtube if you prefer to listen to them.

Books important to the American experience:

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Colonial period, a must read but an enrichment)
  • The Scarlet Letter (we read as a class)
  • The Call of the Wild (enrichment read, 7th grade reading level)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (enrichment read)
  • Anthem (enrichment read to parallel transcendentalism)
  • The Story of an Hour (we read as a class-realism)
  • Huckleberry Finn (we read sections as a class; realism)

Welcome to American Literature with Mrs. Peterson

 As a few of my former students would say, “Leh go!”

This, as you see, is my website. This is where you will find lesson plans for the week, information on assignments, links and documents to help you with assignments, pages on specific periods we cover in American Lit with extra resources, places to ask questions or post comments, etc. Keep in mind that this site is always under construction. I am constantly updating and adding resources.

I expect you to check this website weekly, at minimum. I definitely expect you to check this website if you are absent so that you do not fall behind. That’s a benefit to both you and me. It’s not fun to play catch up and it’s really not fun to have 3 missing assignments that bring your grade down to failing. Keep up with your assignments. Between this website, infinite campus and google classroom, you should have ample resources to maintain a passing grade.

The first enrichment read for the class is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  If you have the ability to either download the e-book or to purchase a copy of the book then please do so. I’ve listed a website below, Scribd, where you can download an unlimited number of books for $8.99 a month. You are welcome to listen to the audio version of the book if that helps you grasp the story more clearly. (No, there is no movie for this book). The book will give you insight on the current issues facing Native Americans as we study their culture prior to the European adventurers and conquerers. As we study the history of colonization you will trace the foundations of these problems all the way back to Columbus’ arrival (amazing isn’t it). It is a funny book. It is a sad book. You will laugh out loud and some of you, even the boys, may tear up. I saw it happen in my own classroom (but I won’t name names, they’re seniors).

An “enrichment read” is a book that isn’t mandatory, but is highly recommended. Any assignments done with the book do factor into a student’s grade but students are not penalized if they do not read the book. It only helps and it never hurts.

Items you’ll need by Friday,   (These are required. Please come prepared.)

  • a three ring binder
  • college rule notebook paper
  • blue or black ink pens
  • a few #2 pencils

Other handy items you can bring in:

  • extra notebook paper
  • copy paper
  • pens and/or pencils
  • hand sanitizer
  • tissues!!

I look forward to meeting each of you,

Natalie Peterson


(A website worth subscribing to for $8.99/month, Scribd. You can download an unlimited amount of books to read! All the books we read in class can be found on this website).