This course focuses on seeing the world through non-western eyes. Students will read novels by internationally recognized authors from India, Chile, China, Lebanon, and beyond. Lessons continue to explore culture and worldviews, as well as character development, style, irony, setting, political fiction, satire, conflict, writing about history, and expository writing: descriptive, narrative, explanatory, and persuasive.
The student reads in the following order:
- R. K. Narayan (India) (short stories:Malgudi Days)
- Short Stories of India (short stories selected fromOther Voices, Other Vistas)
- Isabel Allende (Chile) (memoir:My Invented Country)
- Short Stories of Latin America and Japan (short stories selected fromOther Voices, Other Vistas)
- Adeline Yen Mah (China) (memoir:A Thousand Pieces of Gold)
- Short Stories of China (short stories selected fromOther Voices, Other Vistas)
- Amin Maalouf (Lebanon) (essay: In the Name of Identity)
- Stories of Africa (short stories selected fromOther Voices, Other Vistas)
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 isespecially recommendedfor students who have completed World Literature I (see Related Items below), 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 India, Chile, China, and Lebanon and short stories from many countries. Literature selections include: Malgudi Days - short stories (R.K. Narayan - India), Short Stories of India selected from Other Voices, Other Vistas, My Invented Country - memoir (Isabel Allende - Chile), Short Stories of Latin America and Japan selected from Other Voices, Other Vistas, A Thousand Pieces of Gold - memoir (Adeline Yen Mah - China), Short Stories of China selected from Other Voices, Other Vistas, "In the Name of Identity" - essay (Amin Maalouf - Lebanon), and Short Stories of Africa selected from Other Voices, Other Vistas.
Lessons include comprehension notes and questions; historical, cultural, and literary background notes; writing exercises; and discussion questions. 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.
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.