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Madison Metropolitan School District

Contemporary Literature


In this course students will be exposed to themes in literature which are relevant to today’s young adults: themes of personal relationships, survival, and identity. In addition, students will develop awareness of their own cultural heritage as they examine the roles of culture, privilege, and of power in society. Students will discuss sensitive topics such as race, gender, class, and sexuality. Assignments may include, but are not limited to, literary analysis, presentations/performance, formal essays, and group discussion. Selections by authors representing a broad range of culture will be studied and may include: Montana 1948, Our Town, Angela’s Ashes, One Thousand Pieces of Gold, House on Mango Street, Am I Blue, Breaking Ice, Grass Dancer, The Laramie Project, Ellen Foster, and the Secret Life of Bees.

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG3055
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)