High School Info
English II World Literature
This course is offered on Thursdays.
Students should have some previous exposure to high-school level reading and essay writing.
Students will need unabridged, non-electronic copies of the following works:
*The Book Thief - by Markus Zusak
*Cry, the Beloved Country - by Alan Paton
*The Illiad -by Homer (Robert Fagles' translation)
Just So Happens -by Fumio Obata (supplied by tutor)
various short stories and poetry (supplied by the tutor)
This is a World Literature course, which provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with works from a range of cultures and periods.
Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, utilizing the various genres of literature,
including short story, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Students analyze various works of literature through oral discussion, debate, and
Students will produce various compositions, as well as a research paper.
We will also work on vocabulary development and grammar for writing.
Course Class Time:
Class time will be used to discuss the literature reading as a group, take notes,
receive instruction on new material, and work on the current writing assignment.
Course Homework Requirements:
Homework will consist of reading the current literature assignment, vocabulary, and
working on any writing assignments.
Students can expect approximately 5-6 hours of work per week.
30% homework completion
25% writing assignments
20% research paper / semester project
15% class participation
Extra Credit: Opportunities will be given to watch the film versions of some of the novels we read, along with other possible extra credit opportunities throughout the year.
Internet access is required for this course.
Students will need access to a laptop that can be brought to class occasionally.
There will be a short summer assignment that will be due the first day of class.
required literary works
1” 3-ring binder with 8 tabbed dividers
loose-leaf notebook paper
8.5 x 11 cardstock (no more than 50 sheets)
blue or black ink pens
An elevated thesis statement based on a short story reading will be due the first day of class.