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.
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?
- 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.
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!