World Literature Course Description

World Literature 

This class will be a year long English class that will take a chronological approach to World Literature. We will begin with the Bible, and show how the Tower of Babel is the key to understanding world mythology, which all have their origins in Sumer. We are going to look at global flood myths, as well as tales of giants both in myth and in Scripture. We will study Egyptian mythology and then move into Greek mythology and read Homer’s Odyssey. We will study Anglo-Saxon myth and read Beowulf.

We will also read important literature from Early Church History and the Middle Ages, both religious and secular. Students will study Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Morte D’Arthur, Paradise Lost, Pilgrim’s Progress, and Faust.

We will read Hamlet, and learn about Shakespeare and Elizabethan England.

We will also study Charles Dickens and A Tale of Two Cities, which will help students understand the French Revolution.

There will be fabulous poetry throughout the year, that aligns with each unit and helps us understand the spirit of each age. Students will grow to appreciate the works of  Spenser, Keats, Shelley, Arnold and others.

We will finish the year by doing an in-depth study of Holocaust Biography. We are going to read to books, actual testimonies of Holocaust survivors. Elie Weisel’s Night and Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place. I want students to compare the experiences of two people in the same situation, one with Christ, and one without. I pray that this will affect them for the rest of their lives.

The entire class will be taught from a Biblical point of view. There will be a good deal of apologetics involved as we dissect the various cultural and pagan beliefs that shaped the literature. I will be tying in the subject material to online Bible studies and devotional material as often as I can.

One of the themes that I want to focus on this year with the kids is heroism–because much of the mythology that we are going to read this year has this theme. What does it mean to be a hero? I want to bring up this question with everything we read–from the Odyssey, to Beowulf. From The Death of Arthurto Hamlet. From A Tale of Two Cities to The Hiding Place. And I want to challenge students to look for opportunities to be a hero for someone else, even in simple ways.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:3

Class Requirements:

Supplies:

  • 3-ring binder with notebook paper
  • Spiral bound notebook to use as a journal
  • Pens and pencils
  • Books—I will announce which books to purchase. It will be less than $30.00. We will not need them for the first month of school, as most of the reading will be online.
  • You will also have to purchase certain videos online that go along with their assignments. I will limit the cost of the rentals to $15.00.

Home Work—At least 4 hours at home

  • Journal-(15 minutes a day) Students will complete 4 journal writings each week.
  • Grammar-(15 minutes a day) This year the grammar work will be assigned online each week. You do not need to purchase a grammar book.
  • Reading-(about 2 hours a week) 
  • Assignments-(this will vary)
  • Essays and Projects

Some weeks will have more reading, some weeks will have more assignments. This will balance out for you as we go. You will have more than enough hours to fulfill the requirements for credit for this class.

***I expect students to come to class with their material read, and ready for discussion. I can’t teach the class if the students are not doing their homework. Please make sure that they are doing the reading.

In Class Activities—

  • Tests and quizzes
  • Notes, and lectures
  • Class discussion and hands on activities relating to subject matter

After School Activities—

Please be aware that there will be some activities that take place OUTSIDE of class.

  • Reader’s Theater–During the two weeks we are studying Hamlet, we will meet for 3 hours, two days a week so that we can read the play together.
  • Writer’s Workshops—I would like to meet twice during the year for in depth writing instruction.
  • Field Trips—We will go see a play this year, and we will visit the Museum of Tolerance during our study of the Holocaust.

Attendance—

When your student is absent, they are essentially missing a week’s worth of instruction. Please do your best to limit absences to emergencies and illness. All assignments and journals will be due when the student returns to class (assignments will be listed online). And your student is responsible to copy notes from a friend.

Grades—

This is a High School Credit class, and your students will receive a grade for the work they turn in. I will register your students in our online gradebook and you will be sent a notification from the website, where you can register and then be able to know your student’s grade and missing assignments from home or from your smart phone.

Late Work—

Homeschooling is wonderful because it allows us to be flexible. However, I have noticed that this flexibility can also contribute to irresponsibility on the part of the student. My goal this year is to not only teach them the material that they need to learn, but also hold them accountable for time management. We all need to learn these skills to function in the workplace or in college.

So I am going to establish a LATE WORK POLICY.

If you as the parent have reasons that you need me to at times be flexible due to vacations or illness please contact me personally. Otherwise, I am going to expect more from the students when it comes to turning in the assignments promptly. At the beginning of the year, they may need more help from you to check and make sure they are completing their assignments on time. But it will be good for them.

  • Homework—Turned in late will get half credit (which is essentially an F). It sounds harsh, but half credit is much much better than no credit.
  • Essays—Turned in late will drop one letter grade for each week it is late. So if a B essay is turned in the following Friday, it will become a C essay.
  • I will not take any late work after the semester is complete.

Contact Info—

Feel free to contact me through phone, text or email. You can also contact me through the comment section on the blog. I look forward to working with your family to help your student grow this year in wisdom, knowledge and ability.

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