Summary of course content and activities:
In English 10, the study of World Literature is used to examine structure and style (e.g. usage, diction, and character development) in writing, world view and Christian World view. This will include the study of a sampling of poetry, short stories, essays, plays and novels from various world backgrounds. We will be looking at the culture, the values, the assumptions, and contexts surrounding each of the pieces of literature. With each lesson, we will first examine the author to learn more about his or her own background so that we can better understand and interpret his/her work.
Some specific resources we use are My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
Philosophy statement for and/or behind teaching this course:
To many people literature is reading. Reading; however, is not literature: it is simply the process through which we experience literature. Literature is a gift from God. Through literature God enables man to communicate, not only his experiences but also his ideas, feelings, and beliefs. We should not merely read literature to escape from the world. Rather we should use literature as a vehicle to encounter the world. Literature can put us face to face with man in his world - man that acts both in ways pleasing to God and in ways displeasing to God. Literature can help us to know more about creation, our fellow man, God, and ourselves. Good literature causes us to think.
Language Arts 9
Materials and resources provided by NSA, purchased by student, and/or recommended:
Provided by NSA:
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
- English Language Arts Handbook for Secondary Students – Alberta Learning
- Various e-text readings provided with the lessons
- Variety of poetry
- Epics & Legends (King Arthur, and Don Quixote)
- Film Study
Recommended but not required:
- Hard copy Dictionary and Thesaurus
Forecasted amount of time required to complete each week's lesson:
4-6 hours (In a regular school, you would have 6.7 hours of class time a week plus the time to do your homework. In a high school English class that could easily be 1-2 hours of homework a night. That's another 5-10 hours a week. This is for a one-semester English course, so divide the total 12-17 hours in half for a whole semester course and it would be 6-9 hours per week) So, if you are spending 4-6 hours each week on a lesson, you are doing great!
Description of student evaluations, quizzes, and tests:
Participation in the group discussions is mandatory and calculated as part of the course grade.