America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.


Arnold Toynbee


American Literature

Contoocook Valley High School

Joseph McGonegal


Unit I

Outside Magazine's Into the Wild Site
Krakauer: The Interview
"Self Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
Discussion Board (archived)




Unit II

"Of Modern Poetry" by Wallace Stevens: A working definition.
Frost interviews
The Waste Land: Text

The Waste Land: Notes

Discussion Board (archived)



Unit III


F. Scott: A Brief Biography
A Reading Companion to Gatsby
Fitzgerald: The Voice
Homework Online's Gatsby Page: stay off the discussion board!  Save it for ours!
Discussion Board (archived)
The Killer Road



Unit IV

Ahead of her time
Chopin: The Interviews
Short Stories
VCU's Chopin: Biography and a recording of Reisz's music
"Sunday Morning" by Wallace Stevens
Discussion Board (archived)

Unit V

Berkeley's Twain Exhibit
Discussion Board (archived)

Unit VI

Field Work
Discussion Board (archived)

Unit VII

Resources.  Resources.  Resources.  
More Resources.
Discussion Board


America is: America was: America has: America needs: America will be:
A great place to live. We take for granted what we have. We don't realize everything that is out there. America is young. We have many more things to do as a country. --Mike Bannister A place where the controlled could find freedom. A place where rules were unknown. It had much to offer, and was a home to many. For some, America was taken away; for others, America was born. --Dani Statuto Money. Power. Knowledge of the world. Lots of powerful people. Lots of normal people. Lots of poor people. --Jessica Schlieben To return to its "natural state." The way our ancestors found it. Untouched, not corrupt, as natural as can be, just existent. People can still be here, yes, but we must realize and establish the gentle balance between good and evil, corruption and purity and "natural" and "man made." I believe that is the only way to "fix" America and her people. --Leigh Courtemanche A place that is looked toward for leadership, just as it is now. It will be a cause of many problems in the world at large, as well as a part in the solution to many. It will be a leader in technology and advances in medicine. --Erin Thornton