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World Literature and Cultures

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Length:  36 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 10th – 12th Grades
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How to Use This Course

Explore the world of literature from the United States, England, China, Africa, Greece, ancient Judea, and Latin America through this world literature course. Daily reading assignments, a reading journal, comprehension questions, discussion questions, creative hands-on assignments, essays, oral presentations, and exams lead students through a study of world literature from classical to modern times.

Course Introduction

This course has a threefold purpose: to satisfy the requirements of English education for high school students, to expose students to literature written by authors from around the world throughout history, and to acquaint students to a variety of cultures. There is an abundance of excellent literature from around the world, and this class is only a small sampling. The selections have been chosen for their literary quality and unique story elements; they also work toward achieving the goal of exposing students to literature from various continents and time periods. As they read of the slave who came to know Christ in the face of persecution or a young Chinese girl who survived abuse, may they see the brokenness in the world apart from Christ and recognize their ability to influence it with a Gospel that transcends space and time.

Books and Materials Needed

** denotes material available free online

Novels:

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

**When William Came by H.H. Munro (“Saki”)

Histories/Biographies:

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano

**The Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

Short Stories:

**Aesop’s Fables

**“The Celestial Railroad” and **“The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Latin American Short Stories

Plays:

**The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary

Poetry:

**Poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay

**Poetry by Xu Zhimo

Weekly Outline

Unit One: Classical to the Turn of the Century

  • Week 1: Aesop’s Fables (Greece, BC)
  • Weeks 2-5: The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary (England, 1613) &

The Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus (Roman Judea, AD 93-94)

  • Weeks 6-10: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano (Nigeria-England, 1789)
  • Week 11: “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (United States, 1836)
  • Week 12: “The Celestial Railroad” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (United States, 1843)
  • Weeks 13-17: Silas Marner by George Eliot (England, 1861)
  • Weeks 18: Midterm

Unit Two: The Modern World

  • Week 19: Poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay (United States, 1892-1950)
  • Weeks 20-23: When William Came by H.H. Munro “Saki” (England, 1913)
  • Week 24: Poetry by Xu Zhimo (China, 1897-1931)
  • Weeks 25-30: Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (South Africa, 1948)
  • Weeks 31-34: Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah (China, 1999)
  • Weeks 35: Latin American Short Stories (Miscellaneous)
  • Week 36: Final

If this course is taken in full, completing all reading, writing, hands-on learning, and journal assignments, as well as oral presentations and exams, this course can count for one high school credit in language arts.

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