World Literature and Composition is a year-long, 1 credit class that counts toward required high school level language arts in literature and composition.
This college preparatory English course is particularly well-suited for upper-level High School students, especially those taking other coursework covering ancient and world history, art, and/or music.
Students will read and analyze full-length classic masterpieces of Western Civilization and complete writing assignments as guided by the instructor. Students will engage in guided Socratic-style class discussions about these literary works, and learn to present carefully crafted ideas in writing.
The course is taught from a Christian worldview. However, literature often represents a variety of worldviews; thus the course will help students uncover the unique worldview revealed in each text and how it relates to the cultural and historical context of its time. Additionally, the course will foster proficiency in essay organization, style, and mechanics.
Required Resource: Everyday Education World Literature 5
- The Odyssey by Homer
- Antigone by Sophocles
- The Aeneid by Virgil
- Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
- Russian Literature Selections from Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Chekhov, and others
- Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Out of Africa and “Babette’s Feast” by Isak Dinesen