Salem academy curriculum guide




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Salem Academy Curriculum


English II World Literature Tenth Grade Year-long course

Overview


In this course, students will read a variety of texts from across cultures and time periods.  We will begin our journey through world literature by examining Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. We will then delve into the poetry and drama of ancient Greece and Rome (The Three Theban Plays, The Aeneid).  From Virgil’s Roman adventure we will jump forward in time to Shakespeare’s Italy in The Merchant of Venice. In the second semester we will take a literary journey through the modern world: Wiesel’s Night, Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies, and Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Interspersed throughout the primary texts we will read supplemental short stories (The World’s Greatest Short Stories), poetry, and essays. In our examination of the texts, students will explore the values, ideas, beliefs, and structure found in each culture’s literature; these will, in turn, illuminate both the differences and similarities inherent in human nature, regardless of culture or time period. We will examine the archetypes of literature as well as literary devices to provide a common language for discussion. Students will develop their writing skills by practicing a variety of writing forms and styles, with distinct importance placed on grammar and mechanics.

Objectives


Students will:

  1. Encounter a variety of world literature from different time periods, cultures, and genres

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the themes, ideas, and values found in various selections of world literature, as well as the literary devices the authors use to covey these elements

  3. Discuss the literary works in their original social, political, and cultural contexts, and investigate the connections to those same realms of our society

  4. Integrate vocabulary into both their formal and colloquial speech and writing

  5. Learn the fundamentals of writing formal essays

  6. Gather research and edit a short research paper

  7. Demonstrate a mastery of proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics

  8. Prepare both formal and informal presentations

  9. Foster a life-long interest in world literature

Content





  1. Literature

Students will read and analyze various works of world literature from across time periods

and cultures

  1. Composition

Students will review the five-paragraph essay format introduced in the ninth grade. They will learn how to compose and support a thesis using textual evidence. Proper MLA citation format and avoidance of plagiarism will be stressed.


  1. Vocabulary

Vocabulary will be drawn both from the assigned vocabulary text and from the literature itself.


  1. Grammar

Students will review grammar concepts such as parts of speech, comma rules, subject/verb and pronoun/antecedent agreement, dangling and misplaced modifiers, fragments, run-ons, and comma splices.

Methodology



A variety of teaching methods will be employed to help students explore texts and master the necessary concepts. Classes will be comprised of a mix of teaching methods including discussion, multi-media presentation, lecture, and both teacher- and student-directed activities.

Evaluation



Students understanding will be monitored and assessed both formally (in the form of essays, tests, projects, activities, oral presentations, quizzes, homework, and semester examinations) and informally (via class participation, discussion, and one-on-one meetings).

Resources



Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Harpswell, ME: Anchor, 1994. ISBN #978-0385474542.

Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2010. ISBN #978-1565129764.

Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist. 2nd ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. ISBN #978-0061122415.

Daley, James, ed. The World’s Greatest Short Stories. Dover Thrift Edition. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2006. ISBN #978-0486447162.

Levine, Norman, et al. Vocabulary for the High School Student. 4th ed. New York: Amsco, 2004. ISBN #978-1567651157.

Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005. ISBN #978-0393925296.

Sophocles. Three Theban Plays. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin, 1984. ISBN #978-0140444254.

Virgil. The Aeneid. Trans. Allen Mandelbaum. New York: Bantam Classics, 1981. ISBN #978-0553210415.

Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006. ISBN #978-0374500016.


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