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AML3041 - American Literature

Resource to supplement the American Literature course and connect students to writing and research resources and support services.

AML3041 - American Literature

Introduction to American Literature

Weekly Discussion

Weekly Written Assignment

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Literature courses include multiple reading assignments each week.  Developing a reading plan can help you stay on track!

View this tutorial to learn how to read literature effectively.


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Realism and Naturalism in American Literature

Weekly Discussion

Weekly Written Assignment

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Local Color and Regionalism in American Literature

Weekly Discussion

Full length versions of reading selections:

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Course Project:

Consult the following resources for assistance in completing the following items for the course project:

  • Outline
    • View this Answer on how to write an outline.
    • Use the Outline template below for your thesis, outline, introductory paragraph, and References list.
  • Introductory Paragraph

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Continuity and Change in American Literature

Weekly Discussion

Weekly Written Assignment

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Post-World War II American Literature

Weekly Discussion

Need help with this assignment?

  • View the video below for tips on how to read and analyze poetry.

Course Project:  Literary Analysis Final Paper

The Course Project on the assigned novel selected for the course is due in Week 5. A complete description is in the course guide folder; however, here is a brief overview of the requirements:

The paper must be 6-7 pages (double spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt. font) in length.  Use the APA template with APA cover and References page linked below. Also, use your outline from Module 03 as a guide for your research paper. You are required to use 5 articles of literary criticism in your analysis.   Remember, at least 3 of the 5 resources need to be from our online library.

Need help with this assignment?  Consult the resources located in the following tabs in this guide:

Using the Online Library:

Find high quality and credible resources in the Rasmussen University Online Library.  View these short instructional videos to learn how to access and effectively use these resources:

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Challenges in American Literature

Weekly Discussion

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Project Overview

The course project is a 6-page literary analysis paper based on the theme of the novel, My Ántonia by Willa Cather, plus 2 of the elements of fiction listed below. You will incorporate ideas gleaned from the main text, along with a minimum of 5 articles of literary criticism (3 of which must be from our Rasmussen online library).  In addition to the theme, you will explore how the author used two of the following elements of fiction: dialogue, characterization, the point of view, setting, and descriptive or symbolic language. You will explain how your two chosen elements were used by the author as a technique to further support the theme of the novel.

Due Date

Your final project is due in Module 05. There will be individual assignments along the way. The project assignments and modules in which they are due are noted in the timeline below.

Time Line




Thesis, Introductory Paragraph, and Outline


Literary Analysis Paper



Each assignment leading up to the final assignment is evaluated and graded independently. Your instructor will provide specific grading criteria for each step of the project prior to its due date.

For Further Questions

If you have further questions throughout this project, please ask your Instructor. Post ideas and questions for your classmates in the General Course Questions forum in the Getting Started folder of this course.

Writing Resources

  • Grammarly Use this online tool for immediate feedback on grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Online Writing Lab Submit your written assignment for feedback from a professional writing tutor in 24 hours.
  • Writing Guide Consult this guide for instructions and tips for all types of writing assignments.

Looking for additional help?

Make an appointment with a Tutor in Tutor Match.

  • Our tutors are current Rasmussen University students, so they understand the challenges of the assignments unique to this class.
  • It is never too early to see a tutor.  Tutors can help clarify instructions, share tips specific to writing a thesis statement, walk you through library database search techniques, and coach you through APA formatting.
  • You can schedule an appointment with a tutor using Tutor Match. Select Writing/Research from the drop-down menu and then select Writing Assistance for tutors trained specifically to help with this class.

RasMuse Student Anthology



Find previous issues and submission instructions in the RasMuse Student Anthology Guide.