Below is a list of links and resources you might find useful.

Excellent government site with background information on various periods. I borrowed some background reading from here. Outline of American Literature
American Authors on the Web http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/%7Ematsuoka/AmeLit.html#1550
C-SPAN American Writers- A journey through history http://www.americanwriters.org/index_short_list.asp
PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/table.html
Archiving Early America: your window to early America http://www.earlyamerica.com/
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature (great for research on specific people and periods) http://bartleby.com/225/index.html
Love writing poetry? Find words that rhyme. RhymeZone
Grammar instruction with attitude. Great for extra help! Grammar Bytes
Find out information about SAT, ACT, and advice on college prep College Board
A free e-mail newsletter that helps you improve your writing and grammar skills! grammar - punctuation - spelling - sentence structure - commas - business writing - writing tips - paragraphs - and more Grammar Check
A comprehensive list of websites that can help you to improve with grammar. Grammar
Need help writing citations for your research paper? Try this generator. MLA citation generator
If you would like to see samples of what works cited should look like, try this website. It has a nice review of MLA citation style. MLA citation style
Just who is responsible for all of those silly research paper writing rules anyways? Visit the Modern Language Association's website. This is the format we use. Modern Language Association
This website by University Libraries (State University at Albany New York) provides a comprehensive list of various citation generators and descriptions of each. You can try this to help you with your works cited page. Citation generators online
Visit Purdue's online writing lab to get help with your writing. There are great handouts on a variety of writing topics such as the process, style, academic writing, business writing, creative writing... The OWL at Purdue
Access some great books online. Bartleby.com
This site has a fairly comprehensive list of literary terms, some of which we will cover in class. Literary Terms
Find and read works by some of the most famous poets. The Poet's Bookshelf
Use this website's poetry kits to create your own poems. Poetry Word Play
An excellent resource for words, definitions, etc. Dictionary.com
a list of sites for all aspects of English class High School Ace This is a good resource when reading that classic literature. It is not intended to take the place of the book though- so be forewarned! Cliff's Notes
Another resource for literature study guides. Sparknotes
eNotes.com features high-quality study guides, lesson plans, and other reference material in various academic areas. enotes.com