We will be exploring World Literature Part 1 (ancient literature through the Middle Ages), which will include a healthy dose of ancient mythology, Greek tragedy, The Odyssey, Arthurian legend, Beowulf, Norse myths, The Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, fairy tales, and selections from 1,001 Arabian Nights.
To go along with all of this great literature, I’ll be assigning and grading writing assignments and going over the English portion of the ACT/SAT to help with test prep/grammar/editing skills. Returning students will be given more in-depth writing challenges, while my new students will start at the beginning.
It will easily be worth 1 language arts credit for this 1.5-hour class.
This course begins September 4, 2019, and runs through May 15, 2020.
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
The Odyssey by Homer Translated by Emily Wilson*
Oedipus the King: A New Translation by Sophocles*
Julius Caesar by Shakespeare (No Fear Shakespeare version)
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney*
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
*These specific translations are required for the class.
Literary Works I Provide for the Class:
The Gilgamesh Epic “Flood Story”
Various fairy tales
“The Song of Roland”
“Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”
“Aladdin and the Magic Lamp”