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Five Reasons For Teaching The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

American Literature Five Reasons To Teach Series

Five Reasons For Teaching The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Although I hate to admit it, some novels are almost unreadable. It's not that you can't read them; it's just that as you do read them, you lose the will to read further. The Last of the Mohicans was always one of these books for me. The description is so overbearing and the plot so seemingly thin that I never could muster enough resolve to finish it. Yet when I pushed through, I found one of America's first great adventure stories and the birth of an American archetype.

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Five Reasons For Teaching The Scarlet Letter

American Literature Five Reasons To Teach Series

Five Reasons For Teaching The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter is unquestioningly a pillar of American Literature (some argue the greatest American novel), but what does it have to offer young adult readers? Apart from peeling back layer after layer of symbolism, is there worth in making this novel required reading?                    There are very few books that I remember enjoying from my own high-school experience--no fault of my teachers but my own--and The Scarlet Letter  was one of them. Nothing about the premise of the novel drew me to the story: Puritans and unwed mothers are not the primarily interests of...

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