This course focuses on seeing the world through non-western eyes. Students will read novels by internationally recognized authors from Nigeria, Egypt, and Japan; poetry from many countries; and an autobiography of someone from a "Third-World country.
Students read in the following order:
- Chinua Achebe (novel:Things Fall Apart)
- African poetry (poems selected fromThis Same Sky)
- Kazuo Ishiguro (novel:An Artist of the Floating World)
- Poetry of the Far East (poems selected fromThis Same Sky)
- Naguib Mahfouz (novel:Fountain and Tomb)
- Middle Eastern poetry (poems selected fromThis Same Sky)
- An autobiography of a Third-World national, to be chosen and obtained by the student, from a list of recommendations in the Guide
- Poetry as Life Stories (poems selected fromThis Same Sky)
Lessons include cultural values and worldviews; historical fiction; symbolism; autobiography; themes; point of view; and imagery, repetition, rhythm, themes, and memories and emotions in poetry. Each unit includes comprehension notes and questions; historical, cultural, and literary background notes; writing exercises; and discussion questions. The Student's Guide also includes project suggestions; additional reading lists; semester, full-year, geography-coordinated schedules; and a bibliography. The answers to the comprehension questions are in the Teacher's Guide.
Recommendations: World Literature I is a prerequisite for World Literature II. Students with some cross-cultural experience could use this in grades 9 and 10. This course is especially recommended for juniors and seniors, students interested in literature beyond that of Europe and America, students interested in cultural issues in literature, and students studying modern world history. These should not be viewed as restrictions; this course can profitably be used by high-school students of any grade regardless of which previous Lightning Literature courses they have completed. Generally speaking, this course is more difficult than the two American Literature courses, Speech, and the two nineteenth-century British Literature courses, and about the same as British Christian Literature. Much depends on student interest in the material, however.
Covering world literature from Africa and Asia (specifically Nigeria, Egypt, and Japan) and poetry from many countries. Literature selections include: Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe), African poetry selected from This Same Sky, An Artist of the Floating World (Kazuo Ishiguro), Poetry of the Far East selected from This Same Sky, Fountain and Tomb (Naquib Mahfouz), Middle Eastern poetry selected from This Same Sky, an autobiography of a Third-World national (to be chosen and obtained by the student, from a list of recommendations in the Guide), and Poetry as Life Stories selected from This Same Sky.
Lessons include cultural values and worldviews; historical fiction; symbolism; autobiography; themes; point of view; and imagery, repetition, rhythm, themes, and memories and emotions in poetry. The Student Guide includes historical, cultural, and literary background information, comprehension questions, writing exercises, discussion questions and project suggestions, reading lists appropriate to the period or subject, semester and full-year schedules, and a bibliography. The Teacher's Guide is needed if you want the answers to the comprehension questions. It also provides a teaching schedule, teaching and grading aids, and a copy of the writing exercises and discussion questions for the teacher's convenience. The Course Package includes the Student Book, the Teacher Book, and any necessary literature selections not included in the text of the Student Book.
This course is most useful for upper level students who have already taken some literature courses. World Literature I is a prerequisite for World Literature II. Students interested in literature and cultural issues other than those of America and Europe as well as those studying modern world history will be intrigued with this course. It is more difficult than the American and British Literature courses and Speech.
Written directly to the student, well-organized, user-friendly (no teacher prep), and both traditional and diverse in the reading selections, these courses offer quality literary analysis coupled with step-by-step writing instruction. Assignments are thought-provoking and challenging.
Lessons follow a pattern: Introduction, (information about the reading) Selection, While You Read, Comprehension Questions, Literary Lessons, and Writing Exercises. Suggested activities enhance the studies: Vocabulary Notebook, Reading Journal, Biographies, Family Reading or Writing Nights, Oral Summaries, Writing Group, and (perhaps) Movies.
The Student Book includes instructional text, shorter works (i.e. poetry, excerpts), author background, discussion questions (comprehension, thought, literary), and writing exercises. The Teacher Guide provides answers, schedules, teaching/grading tips, rubrics, project suggestions/checklists, and grade-tracking records.
The twelve semester-long courses are listed in order of difficulty. Most students should start with one of the American Lit courses. There are required literature resources to use with each guide. While you may be able to locate some or all of the books at a library, we also offer Literature Packages for each course that include the Student Book, the Teacher Guide, and the necessary literature books.
"Reading should be fun, and writing should be satisfying." The author of this series believes this, and she has produced courses that try to keep that goal ever present. She WANTS students to enjoy themselves! Accordingly, reading assignments are comfortable - two novels, two non-fiction books, two short stories and several poems for the 7th grade course, for instance. Lessons are well-constructed and the excellent and thorough coverage includes vocabulary, comprehension, literary elements, composition, grammar, and mechanics.
The three components of this program are designed to be complementary and to be used together. The Student Workbook is the student's textual companion as they study the literature selections. This consumable book is the place for the student to "do" their work. It provides worktext space for all the essential exercises as well as some optional fun/reinforcement exercises.
The Teacher Guide is the "glue" that holds the whole program together providing a philosophical and methodical overview of the program and a weekly planning schedule (lesson plans) as well as chapter-by-chapter answers and teaching helps.
The last component is the excellent Literature Selections that are the heart of the program. Classics, familiar, non-familiar, poetry, and, occasionally, surprising choices all find their way onto the book lists for each grade level. While you may be able to locate some or all of the books at a library, we also offer Literature Packages for each guide that include the necessary books. You and your student are encouraged to read, enjoy, and profit from the year's literature studies. ~ Janice
Language arts programs listed in this section cover most areas of language arts (reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting) in one curriculum, although some skill areas may be covered with less intensity than a focused, stand-alone course.