English II World Literature

Lisa Florian    

Course Time:
This course is offered on Thursdays.

Course Pre-Requisites:

  • Students should have some previous exposure to high-school level reading and essay writing.



Course Texts:


  • 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)



Course Description:

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
written compositions.

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

  • 10%  vocabulary


  • 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.

Specific Requirements:

  • 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.



Course Supplies:

  • 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)

  • index cards

  • blue or black ink pens

  • highlighters




**Summer Assignment:
An elevated thesis statement based on a short story reading will be due the first day of class.


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