World Literature

In World Literature, students will be challenged to analyze some of the world’s greatest writers and to think more critically and independently about literature and about themselves, the world, and their place in it. We will use literature and literary analysis as a springboard for vocabulary, grammar, language usage, and a variety of writing activities. Students will read and analyze a broad range of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry including such works as Antigone, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, and The Lord of the Flies.

In this class, which builds on the foundations of English Literature and Composition I, students will explore narrative devices, author’s purpose and perspective, argument and persuasion, the language of poetry, historical and cultural influences in literature, Greek tragedy, Medieval literature, Shakespearean drama, and more. Writing assignments such as literary analyses, compare-and-contrast essays, informative essays, movie scripts, and research projects will challenge students to look for connections across eras and genres, expand their critical thinking and analysis skills, and explore and express their own opinions.

Students will leave this class prepared for upper-level literature and writing courses. Exercises in vocabulary and language development, literature and media analysis, critical listening, and writing processes will ensure they are capable of the type of analytical and writing skills required for college.

The course draws from the Holt McDougal Literature Anthology, and meets Excel Academy’s requirements for 10th Grade English. In addition to the Holt McDougal materials, students will practice grade-level grammar and usage concepts through IXL.com.

Meets two hours per week for two semesters.

To enroll, please visit the HSC-OC website.