World Literature

Monday -
10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Language Arts - High School
High School (9th-12th)

10th - 12th (9th with permission from instructor)

This is a core requirement – corresponds to DOE course number 23.06300

World literature is a survey of important stories and myths from ancient times through the middle ages. This course will approach literature from the context of myth while incorporating discussion of the historical and cultural perspectives of the geographic area and historical periods in which the literature was written.

The legacy of mythology in modern literature and popular culture is one of the most important reasons to have a good foundation in mythology. By reading, studying, and discussing these stories, students will more readily recognize and comprehend mythological allusions in literature, history, movies, and pop culture. This foundation will enrich reading comprehension, and deepen the student’s enjoyment of reading and learning.

Students will enjoy an interactive class through reader’s theatre plays, oral presentations, and group projects. 

Selected works may include: Oedipus Rex, The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Norse mythology, Legends of King Arthur, and The Ramayana.

Each week there is a specific grammar lesson and a SAT vocabulary emphasis.  Students will learn to write responsively and critically to the texts and themes presented in class.

There are several opportunities for field trips including a Roman banquet, a Viking feast, and a time outside of class to watch the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou” after we have read The Odyssey.

Required texts: World Mythology (2nd edition) by Donna Rosenberg and Summerland by Michael Chabon. Please see Mrs. Harris’ website for details on summer reading requirements and links to purchase text books:

Minimum: 6 students

Cost: $68/month (Sept – May) + a supply/copy fee of $30 (due by the first day of class as a one time payment)