World Literature Honors

Course Number: 127/128

Open To:
Grade 10

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement.
Satisfies one year of the English graduation requirement.

Course Description:
World Literature Honors is a year-long English course that offers students ample experiences in reading, writing, and critical thinking about literature from the earliest written story to the present day. Students will read, analyze, and write about nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama from a diversity of world cultures and time periods. The course also helps students to refine their study skills, higher order thinking, essay writing, vocabulary, creative reflection, and research skills, while broadening their worldviews. Students will leave World Literature Honors as true students of literature, reading on the lines, between the lines, and beyond the lines. Learning objectives are rooted in the Common Core standards for the state of California. Students should expect to spend eight to ten hours per week in preparation for this class.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh ISBN 978-0140441000
  • Greek Tragedies 1 by David Grene and Richard Lattimore ISBN 978-0-226-03528-4
  • The Inferno by Dante ISBN 978-0-451-53139-1
  • Othello by William Shakespeare ISBN 978-0-7434-7755-0
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ISBN 978-1-59308-117-1
  • Four Major Plays by Henrik Ibsen ISBN 978-0-451-53022-6
  • The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka ISBN 978-1-59308-029-7
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ISBN 978-1-4516-7331-9

Other texts will be provided in PDF format by the instructor

Note: Summer Reading Texts are by grade level and are posted in May.

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
Completion of English I Honors with a “B” OR
English I with an “A” for both semesters.