Ancient and World Literature This year we will begin by concentrating on the ancients, using the time period and places to guide our discussions. We will begin with myths, poems, and short stories as we review annotation and the building blocks of a well written paper. As we move through classic Ancient Literature, the students will practice analyzing different elements of writing. The second half of the year, we will focus on World Literature as we read books set in different countries and continue to practice analysis. Interspersed throughout the year, we will be learning new vocabulary, and writing different types of essays, including a research paper.
1 ½ - 2 inch 3 ring binder with folders
Loose leaf lined paper
Highlighters, colored pens/pencils
Post it notes, including “flags”
4 dividers for binder
Pouch for 3 ring binder (can get at WalMart for @$1)
Optional: 1 subject notebook for notes taken in class, can also use loose leaf paper instead if they prefer
Books for Session 1:
Gilagmesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean (you will find this at the library, we will only be using it for 1-2 weeks). It is a “juvenile” book but any story of Gilgamesh is a retelling. This is the cleanest version, and it fits well as a basic introduction.
Mythology by Edith Hamilton This is a wonderful compilation of many different myths, including lesser known and Norse ones. You can get it from the library, or purchase it off Amazon (it’s relatively inexpensive).
The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney
Session 2, overview and books:
The second session will begin with a study of poetry by reading Ode to a Grecian Urn as well as other selections. We will study the Bible as literature by reading the Book of Esther, and learn about the festival of Purim. Then, on to Rome with Julius Caesar by Shakespeare! We will be exploring poetry, creative writing, and will have a combined paper on Greek culture with the Ancient History class.
Books for Session 2:
Book of Esther (can use personal Bible, or read online version)
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (I'm checking into what versions are most widely available through library system...TBD). If you don't plan on purchasing, post its will be needed to annotate within the book.
Books for Session 3:
Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Short stories that can be found online or I will print them for class.