High school students will put literary analysis skills into practice as they study and write about nine great works of literature from around the world.
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This challenging, self-directed course introduces students to world literature in a chronological historical, literary, and artistic context, while developing skills in writing and literary analysis. Students will perform in-depth research throughout this advanced high school course.
By the end of the course, students will
- possess a broad knowledge of significant works of world literature
- have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the times and places studied
- have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works
- be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing
- demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics
- demonstrate competence in the MLA style of source documentation
Works studied in this course:
The Odyssey by Homer
Antigone by Sophocles
The Aeneid by Virgil
Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
(Additional works are suggested throughout for those who wish to make this an honors course.)
- Literary analysis: Windows to the World (along with its accompanying resource, A Syllabus for Introduction to Literary Analysis); as well as Excellence in Literature: American Literature or Excellence in Literature: British Literature
- Writing: The Elegant Essay
- Prior experience in IEW's Structure and Style method is helpful but not required.
Excellence in Literature: World Literature
Third Edition, February 2014
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