American Myth: Stories We Tell (American) Children

This survey course examined American myths, folk tales, and “canonical” works spanning American history, from the 17th century to contemporary publications. Students studied myths of American culture, how they have grown, evolved and changed, as well as the ways in which these myths have been used to define, celebrate and isolate what it means to be an American. Students read and analyzed texts, researched textual context, critical reception and the unique qualities of children’s literature in order to improve writing and research principles, enhanced analytical techniques and developed a breadth of knowledge of American texts, authors and historical context.

Textbook: Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America: An Anthology.
Novels include: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Little House on the Prairie; Call of the Wild; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; and Holes.
Picture books include: Outside Over There, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Great Butter Battle.

Course: AML 2070 Survey of American Literature
From UF Course Catalog: Credits: 3; Prereq: ENC 1101 or test score equivalent.Introduction to some of the major writers, issues and forms found in the history of American literature. The breadth and focus of this survey will be determined by the instructor. (C or H) (WR)
Course Title: American Myth: Stories We Tell (American) Children.
Semesters Taught: Fall 2010
Section Size: 19

Portfolio Documents:


AML 2070: Survey of American Literature Syllabus
American Myth: Stories We Tell (American) Children


Assignment Sheet and Grade Rubric for Summary/Analysis
500 words – Students must choose one academic essay read in class, summarize its main arguments and analyze its purpose, rhetorical strategies and effectiveness.


Assignment Sheet and Grade Rubric for Final Paper
1800 words – Students must respond to one of four prompts, based on course themes, with an original argument, incorporating 5 sources.