World Literature B

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

Why Take This Course?

World Literature B explores how changing cultures affects people.

World Literature B explores how changing cultures affects people.

In this Language Arts course, we read fictional and nonfictional stories about how people confront, grapple with, and reconcile themselves to change. In Les Miserables, we’ll look at how justice and mercy creative redemptive opportunities for personal change. In The Chosen, we’ll discuss how people reconcile change when confronted with differences in perception and belief. We’ll study cultures of the China and Pakistan as we read The Good Earth and I Am Malala, respectively. An in-depth study of The Good Earth will enable us to discuss how we adapt to societal change. As we study I Am Malala, we will discuss how we can be individual change agents in our own worlds. All students will then compose a personal essay called “This I Believe.”

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
What does Les Miserables teach me about redemption and the power of personal change?What does The Chosen teach me about how to reconcile the change in perception and belief?What does The Good Earth teach me about adapting to change in a culture or a community? What does I Am Malala teach me about the power of the individual to create change?
What is the historical context of Les Miserables ? How can understanding more about this period of history help me comprehend this book?What is the historical context of the The Chosen ? How can understanding more about this period of history help me comprehend this book?What is the historical context of The Good Earth ? How can understanding more about this period of history help me comprehend this book?What is the historical context of I Am Malala ? How can understanding more about this period of history help me comprehend this book?
What are justice and mercy? Where and when do these two concepts influence my life and the lives of those in my community?What is cultural confrontation? How do the characters of The Chosen deal with cultural confrontation?How and when do societies change? How do I feel about adapting to that change?How does Malala handle the changes that occur in her culture and society?
Can people really change? What causes individuals to change or not change?How do the characters in the book grapple with confronting change that occurs when the world they know collides with new ideas or beliefs?What can I learn from the characters in this book about adapting to life’s inevitable changes?How does Malala become an agent for change?
What makes someone good? What makes someone bad?What is “bubble bursting”? How does this concept connect with the text and with my life? How does the concept of “Inner Rings” apply to the concept of “bubble bursting”?How does the land represent constancy and abundance and power for this culture? Why? What are similar symbols in my culture?How does Malala maintain her cultural identity and values while striving to promote and advocate for change?
What type of reading strategies can I employ to deepen my comprehension of what I read?What type of reading strategies can I employ to deepen my comprehension of what I read?What type of reading strategies can I employ to deepen my comprehension of what I read?What type of reading strategies can I employ to deepen my comprehension of what I read?
How can I successfully communicate my ideas and insights?
How can I successfully communicate my ideas and insights?
How can I successfully communicate my ideas and insights?
How can I successfully communicate my ideas and insights?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase


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

Details

  • 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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