Prerequisite: This class assumes that students, 10th grade and up, can write a basic short essay and handle the challenge of more rigorous weekly reading assignments. If not, I recommend beginning with Classic Lit (see course sequence below).
Minimum Student Requirement for course to make: 6 This is a discussion-based course, and I find that students get the most out of the course with at least 6 in the class.
Maximum Class Size: 18
World Literature will challenge your students as they read broadly and write carefully. From Homer to Kipling and much more, this class will prepare your students for upper-level reading and writing, including college level papers and SAT writing and vocabulary.
We will span the globe as we read works from around the world. Our texts will be comprised of poetry, short stories, essays as well as full-length novels. Shakespeare, Eli Wiesel, and Sandra Cisneros are among the authors we read. Writing a research paper is the focus of this year’s writing. We will lay a solid foundation of how to organize information, how to structure the paper, and how to present it using MLA style. Additionally, students will be doing response writing, formal essays, and creative writing. Students should expect weekly quizzes as well as unit tests.
As part of any literature and/or writing program, students will improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary usage, especially SAT level vocabulary.
My goal is for students to be excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing, and broadening their world view. I set high standards but work to provide students the tools necessary to succeed.
**Students wishing to enroll in this course without having completed Classic Literature MUST have teacher approval.
**Upon successful completion of this course, parents may choose to award 1 High School English credit.
A complete list of novels and texts TBD
How this class fits into the sequence of PREP High School Literature:
9th grade (& up)– Classic Literature. This course covers the basics of writing, including how to gather information, outline thoughts, and write with style. Students will begin learning analysis in their reading through various works of short stories, full length novel, plays and poetry.
10th grade (& up)– World Literature. This course continues to build on the writing skills and expand the depth at which we look at literature. Students will dig deeper into literary analysis through short stories, novels, plays, and poetry from around the world. Students will write a research paper in this class.
11th grade (& up) – American Literature. This course will cover a large scope of American literature from colonial times to now. This course is faster paced. Students will become proficient in analyzing the works that are read which will include a mixture of novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. The writing focus is on literary analysis.
Tuition: $700/year OR $100/month for 7 months (September - March). Tuition received after the 15th of each month will incur a late fee of $20. If you wish to make one payment for the entire year the reduced price is $665, which must be received by September 1. Although I do accept cash and checks, I prefer automated checks via your bank each month.
One Time Supply Fee: $65. This holds your spot in the class. No refunds after August 1. Parents supply all novels and supplemental texts, which must be unmarked, specific editions.
Withdrawal Fee: Three months’ tuition after 9/15/2022.