World Literature is designed to teach both literature and composition. Rather than separating the two skills, we use the literature to guide our topic choices in a variety of writing styles, including narrative, poetry, comparison, exposition, and research writing.
Additionally, this class utilizes independent analysis assignments to discuss literature with others in the class.
This class focuses on literature around the world and analyzes how culture affects these stories. We begin in the ancient world with two famous epics: Gilgamesh and The Odyssey.
Then we move to the Middle Ages and study literary development in Beowulf and Canterbury Tales, analyzing several short works as well.
We move through the Asian world and eventually find our way into the modern era, where we focus on non-Western literature in the Realism and Modernism movements.
We end the year with a research project that allows students to explore one of these authors or events from this time in more detail.
Throughout the year, we read literature from: Greece, Rome, Egypt, Japan, India, China, England, France, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, and Nigeria.
This class meets honors diploma requirements in most states. Please be sure to check your state’s guidelines to ensure honors credit for your student.
In this course, students will:
- Analyze the themes, symbols, characters, plot, and point of view in literature
- Evaluate the way an author’s culture influences a work
- Cite textual evidence to support literary analysis
- Explore the tenets of literary movements around the world
- Write in several different styles, including narration, exposition, comparison, poetry, and description
Students will submit their narrative and poetry to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards writing contest as part of the class. Daily contact with a coach who evaluates mastery and skills will be provided.
World Literature is designed for students who have completed high school literature classes or taken AP English.
Note: you do not need to take this course before you take AP English.
Classes have daily assignments. Some assignments span several days to give flexibility. Assignments are intended to take approximately 1½ hours per day to complete.
MLA Handbook, 8th Edition
Norton Anthology of World Literature Volume 1, Third Edition
Literature Guide 301 (ebook)
Night by Elie Wiesel
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
One 19th or 20th century novel of the student’s choice, including the following authors: Tolstoy, Chekov, Dostoyevsky, Ibsen, and Flaubert