Welcome to American Studies!  This course, meeting periods 7 & 8, integrates the junior requirements for English and Social Studies:  American Literature and United States History.  Your teachers for this course will be Mr. Darken, a deeply myopic coffee drinker whose three young children will eventually be the death of him, and Ms. Munson, whose active swimming and coaching career have led her to spend more time in water than on dry land since middle school.  (Doctors warn that she is in danger of turning into a seal and should cut dried herring from her diet.)  Get ready for an exhilirating journey of discovery through American culture, literature, and history!