World Literature B

How do people from other cultures see life and the world?

Why Take This Course?

Leaders of the 21st Century must understand the many ways people throughout the world perceive and experience life. In this course we study some of the perceptions and experiences that shape others’ lives, compare them to each other, and then compare them to our own. Make no mistake; some of these experiences are hard to bear. But students emerge from this course with softer hearts and a far deeper appreciation of the human experience.

In this Language Arts course, we read fictional and nonfictional stories of people from other cultures as they experience both triumph and tragedy. For example: we observe three generations of women before, through, and after the Mao Revolution, in Wild Swans.  We see young men struggle with the clashes of Western World and their Judaic upbringing, in The Chosen. We struggle through the terrifying events of the Rwandan genocide and witness a woman learn to forgive, in Left to Tell. We learn about redemption from I am Malala and Le Miserables.

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
What does Wild Swans teach us about China's history and its people?What does The Chosen teach us about the clash of religion and modernity?What do Left to Tell and I am Malala teach us about forgiveness, reconciliation, and the value of education?What does Les Miserables teach us about the human condition and redemption?
What was China like before, during and after the Mao revolution?What is cultural confrontation? How do the characters of The Chosen deal with cultural confrontation?How does forgiveness to others help us obtain more peace and happiness?Why are the characters of Les Miserables? Why do some rise above their misery and others do not?
How does reading Wild Swans change your perspective of China?What does The Chosen teach us about parenthood and friendship?How does overcoming our mistakes and seeking recompense help us to obtain greater peace and happiness?What is the fundamental difference between Javert and Valjean?
How do I transform my audience through writing?What do we learn about silence and scholarship from The Chosen?Are peace and reconciliation possible in diverse societies?How does understanding different ethical perspectives help us understand literature?
How can I read a book like a scholar?What did I learn about “bubble bursting” through Danny and Reuben’s story?Why is education often so valuable to those who do not have easy access to it?What is the Inner Ring and how does it influence us?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Malala YousafzaiI am Malala
Chaim PotokThe Chosen
Victor HugoLes Miserables (abridged)
Pearl S. BuckThe Good Earth


  • Recommended Grade: 12th (Senior)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 5 Hours / Honors: 7 Hours
  • Format: Live/Self-Paced
  • Credits: 0.5

*We recommend students take this course in conjunction with Geography & World Events.

*We recommend students take World Lit A before taking this course.

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