It’s a wonderful world full of words! World Literature will challenge your students as they read broadly and write carefully. From the ancient Greek epics to Shakespeare to evaluating sources on the internet, this class will prepare your students for upper level reading and writing, including college level papers and SAT writing.
Reading – Our text will be Elements of Literature(BJU Press). The advantage to using an anthology is the variety of material that we can experience in a year as well as the exposure to our greatest authors. The textbook’s explanations are thorough and invite the student to think critically. We will span the globe as we read works from (almost!) every single continent. Short fiction, poetry, and essays make up the majority of our reading. Because there is value in experiencing a work from beginning to end, we will also read Romeo and Juliet(Shakespeare) and A Tale of Two Cities(Dickens) in their entirety.
Writing – Ready to research? Our text will be Writing Research Papers(Lesha Myers, Institute for Excellence in Writing). The research paper will be the focus of this year’s writing. Building from the ground up, we will lay a solid foundation of how to collect and organize information, how to structure the paper, and how to present it using MLA style. Students will write a beginner level paper in the fall and a more advanced paper in the spring.
Additionally, students will be writing shorter responses to literature, a formal essay or two, and essay answers on tests.
Each week we will begin with a brief quiz over the reading, discuss the literature as a class, and work on a writing exercise to build our research papers. Expect exams every 4-6 weeks.
Withdrawal fee after 10/1/18 – 2 months’ tuition
At the successful completion of this course, grade 75% or higher, parents may choose to award 1 honors credit in high-school English.