HIGH SCHOOL COURSE OUTLINE, 2008-2009 English 11 - A Survey of World Literature Instructor: Doug Mabie This course is a survey of world literature from the ancient epics to the narratives of our time. We will explore a range of genres (epic, play, novel, poetry, short story) by authors of diverse backgrounds and racial/ethnic origins in a bid to identify archetypal themes and recurring motifs. Texts will be read in the light of opposing viewpoints (Western / Eastern, ancient / modern, male / female). Writing is a pivotal communication skill. It is through your written words that you are first introduced to the colleges / universities you will apply to. This year you will learn how to structure essays and commentaries. You will also be given the chance to pursue a topic / theme that captures your imagination and to explore this in the form of a literary compare-and-contrast research essay (using MLA format). You will also write a mock college application essay. objectives: to identify religious, philosophical, historical and literary movements reflected in the texts to improve analytical skills through close reading of texts to develop an ear for narrative voice and for the innate music of words to develop a good eye for metaphor, symbols and motifs to master the art of listening to be disciplined as a writer (to plan and proofread your writing) to find your voice as a writer outcomes: to justify your ideas, interpretations and theories with evidence from the text at hand to compose a focused thesis statement to signpost stages of the argument with topic sentences and clear paragraphs to sustain a lucid line of argument in an essay or commentary to draw upon a wide and versatile vocabulary in one’s writing to recognize and understand the parts of a sentence and parts of speech to be aware of voice, tone and register in one’s writing to convey ideas in fluent sentences to revise your writing based on peer/ teacher feedback key themes: the Hero’s quest/journey coming of age and loss of innocence the individual and society (freedom and loss of freedom) the conflict of good and evil conflicts of culture the tension between reality and romance/illusion texts: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sejai (French novel by a Chinese author) Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (Nigerian novel) Vocabulary Workshop Level F by Jerome Shostak and one of the following plays: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (Greek) The Tempest by William Shakespeare A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (Norwegian) possible further reading: The Wild Geese by Ogai Mori (Japanese novel) Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (South African novel) The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende (Chilean) The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (American short stories/ sketches) The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Indian short stories set in America and India) resources: World Literature by Holt, Rinehart and Winston assessment: You will be given at least two major assignments (written or oral) per quarter, and be required to write an end-of-semester exam essay. Your writing will be marked against the school-wide 6 Traits Writing Rubric. Orals may take the form of class discussion, book reviews, reading aloud, formal speeches, debates, oral commentaries/analyses of literature and dramatizations. As words are tools of expression and thought for writers you will study six units of vocabulary from Vocabulary Workshop Level F per semester (with the American SAT in mind). You will be tested at the end of each unit.