11th/12th Grade World Literature & Composition


In this survey of World Literature, students will explore older classics like Shakespeare and Cervantes as well as more contemporary figures like Chinaua Achebe, Loung Ung, and Suzanne Collins.  They will analyze and critique literary works from a Christian Worldview.  They will concentrate on key quotations and major themes of these literary classics.  They will focus especially on the shifting philosophies and historical context associated with the development of the literary canon and will become acquainted with famous world authors, their classic works, and how these world classics illuminate the human experience all the way up to the present day.

Reading List

(Found online or at the library or in the book store.)

Hamlet – Shakespeare

Don Quixote – Cervantes

1984 – George Orwell

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Harvard Commencement – Solzhenitsyn

The Book of Job – Bible

First they Killed My Father – Loung Ung (Cambodia)

Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution – Moying Li

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Faust – Goethe

The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoyevsky

The Man Who Would Be King – Rudyard Kipling

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Fountain Head – Ayn Rand

Le Morte d’Arthur – Thomas Malory

The Second Coming – William Butler Yeats and “A Dialogue of Self and Soul”

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

King Lear – Shakespeare

Othello – Shakespeare

Julius Caesar – Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare

Outside Homework:

4+ hours per week

Students will write six 2-3 page papers each semester.  The MLA format will be required for all papers, including a cover page and a works cited page.  Homework may also include writing one paragraph on a major theme or quotation from the literary work to be discussed that day in class.  Notes must be taken every day in class and there will be an in class first semester exam and also an in class second semester exam.