Launchpad: “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Kurt VonnegutDirections: This Launchpad, adapted from http://www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s short story “Harrison Bergeron.” After reading the story, you can click on the videos to hear editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R.

Mural depicting Tradition in the Literature series by George R. Barse

Fiction and Nonfiction for AP English Literature and Composition

The selections within this listing represent frequently taught authors and texts in AP English Literature and Composition.

J. Keppler, “’Mark Twain,’ America's best humorist”

American Literature Lessons — Nineteenth Century

Through this collection of over 30 lessons, students can explore the great American authors of the 1800s, including Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain.

  • Launchpad: "Bartleby, the Scrivener," by Herman Melville

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    Wendell Berry, American poet, born

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    William Faulkner, American writer, dies

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    Slavery, the Crisis of the Union, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

    This is an expansive multidisciplinary collection of EDSITEment resources on the antebellum and Civil War era of American history.

    Jean-Louis “Jack” Kerouac, American “Beat Generation” writer and poet, born

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    American writer Stephen Crane survives the sinking of The Commodore off the coast of Florida

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