World Literature

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th-12th

Live class: Wednesdays 10:00-10:50 a.m. EST

Course dates: August 26th–May 1st

Price: $599

Instructor: Lili Serbicki

Instructor email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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Course Description

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In this class we study narratives from around the globe! Each module focuses on a close examination of literary works as well as an evaluation of their historical and cultural context. We will make connections between local concerns and universal questions, struggles, and epiphanies. In addition to our full-length works which address a variety of literary eras, genres, cultures, and settings, we will examine short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction supplements to each module as well. Our goal will be to immerse ourselves in the universal human experience and gain new, important perspectives that enrich our understanding of history and sociology as well as literature! This class is an excellent pre-AP Literature or pre-AP Language course and provides a balanced supplement to British or American Literature.

Course Structure

Homework will be assigned/due weekly on our course website. Students may view the detailed syllabus at any point to see what is coming up next. I will also send out a weekly homework update email to both students AND parents. Students will read regular posts and activities on the website. Class activities include:

– A weekly 50-minute LIVE MEETING.

– Interactive discussion of course texts and concepts in our website forum.

– Reading a portion of a novel or play OR 1-2 short stories OR multiple poems or essays.

– Analysis and argumentative/opinion essay responses.

– Optional Creative Writing opportunities as we explore multiple cultures, perspectives and geographical regions.

– A mandatory midterm paper OR oral presentation in response to a class text. All longer projects will have multiple “check in points” and be completed over multiple weeks.

Who should enroll?

9th-12th graders.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will receive extensive comments and individualized feedback on their written assignments through our Canvas website. All project instructions include clear rubrics so students may feel confident they understand what is expected; in addition, all longer projects are completed through multiple drafts with instructor feedback each step of the way. Student work is critiqued within 1 week of the due date.

Communication

No application is necessary; parents may register directly. I will contact parents as soon as registration has been processed. Homework will be assigned/due weekly on our course website. Students may view the detailed syllabus at any point to see what is coming up next. I will also send out a weekly homework update email to both students AND parents. Students will read regular posts and activities on the website. One weekly due date for all work allows busy homeschool families to retain their flexible schedule!

Required Texts

  • Antigone by Sophocles (ISBN-13: 978-1580493888)
  • The Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong (ISBN-13: 978-0520282162)
  • The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan (ISBN-13: 978-0892552306)
  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (ISBN-13: 978-1507547267)
  • The Death of Ivan Illych by Leo Tolstoy (ISBN-13: 978-1798500620)
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (ISBN-13: 978-1471147432)
  • Cry Our Beloved Country by Alan Paton (ISBN-13: 978-0743262170)
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (ISBN-13: 978-0060883287)

Additional short stories, essays, and poems provided by the instructor

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Instructor Bio

Lili Serbicki

Lili Serbicki is an experienced Advanced Placement English instructor with a professional background in writing, media, editing, and advertising. She is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. This upcoming school year will be her tenth year teaching high-level online courses, including AP Literature, AP Language, Creative Writing, poetry composition, argument and debate, and advanced test preparation classes. She has many years of experience providing student tutoring in areas of writing and mechanics as well as experience in small print publication and editing; she is a published author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction essay, and creative memoir across multiple literary journals. Over the past decade her students (including all course and tutoring students) have won many Silver Keys and Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In 2018 Mrs. Serbicki received recognition from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as “an educator whose dedication, commitment, and guidance are represented by student work selected for national honors.”

Classes:

Middle School Intro to Fiction
Fantasy and Sci Fi Writing
SAT English Prep
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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