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American Passages: A Literary Survey

As its home page states, this site "provides professional development and classroom materials to enhance the study of American Literature in its cultural context." Sixteen units organize American literature in a new way that smoothly integrates the works of canonical and non-canonical authors. There are sixteen 30-minute videos which may be viewed on demand or purchased in DVD or VHS form, and each unit has an Instructor's...

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Elizabeth Kuipers
Elizabeth Kuipers (Faculty)
2 years ago
I have used the films from this series in sophomore level literature surveys for years. They typically do a thematic comparison of three authors in under 30 minutes. The critical thinking and active learning projects are broad, but have inspired me to modify them for smaller projects for my students. The website is a bit cumbersome to move around in and is certainly designed more for teachers than for students.
Time spent reviewing site: On and off for 8 years