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Excellence in Literature :: English V: World Literature (Honors Option)

Excellence in Literature

English V: World Literature

What does World Literature cover?

World Literature: Enlish 5- Excellence in Literature by Janice CampbellWorld Literature is a college-prep literature survey course. Focus works, including novels, short stories, poems, and drama, have been selected for literary quality, and for their place in the historical development of literature. Context readings provide background information about the author, the historical time and place, and the literary and artistic context of the focus work.

Students will gain an understanding of the development of world literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays, approach papers, and other evaluative and creative writing. You may learn more about how I chose the literature for Excellence in Literature in this blog post.

World Literature is a challenging course, and I recommend it for older students (12th grade). You may wish to take longer than four weeks for each unit, or you may even decide to skip a unit or two (some parents may not wish to cover Inferno and Faust). Whatever you choose, your student will grow in many ways through the study of some of the greatest literary works from around the world.


By the end of the course, students will:

  • Possess a broad knowledge of significant works of world literature.
  • Have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the times and places studied.
  • Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works.
  • Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
  • Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics.
  • Demonstrate competence in the MLA style of source documentation

Table of Contents

    Getting Started
    Frequently Asked Questions
    How to Read a Book
    Discerning Worldview through Literary Periods
    Using EIL in a Classroom

    NOTE: Texts listed in bold are core Focus Texts; Honors texts listed are optional readings. Please see widget at bottom of page for recommended editions.

    Module 1: The Odyssey by Homer
    Honors: The Iliad by Homer

    Module 2: Antigone by Sophocles
    The Burial at Thebes: A Verson of Sophocles’ Antigone by Seamus Heaney
    Honors: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

    Module 3: The Aeneid by Virgil
    Honors: Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans by Plutarch

    Module 4: Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante
    Honors: Paradiso and/or Purgatorio by Dante

    Module 5: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    Honors: The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

    Module 6: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
    Honors: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo or
    Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

    Module 7: The Portable Nineteenth Century Russian Reader edited by George Gibian
    Honors: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Module 8: Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Honors: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (if you didn’t read it in English II) and The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde or Frankenstein by Mary Shelley or Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

    Module 9: Out of Africa and “Babette’s Feast” by Isak Dinesen
    Honors: Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis

    Honors Guidelines
    Excellence in Literature: Assignment Checklist
    Excellence in Literature: Student Evaluation Summary
    Formats and Models
    Approach Paper Format
    Historical Approach Paper Format
    Author Profile Format
    Literature Summary Format
    Literary Analysis Model
    Sample Poetry Analysis
    What an MLA Formatted Essay Looks Like
    Tips for Evaluating Writing
    Excellence in Literature Evaluation Rubric
    Excellence in Literature: Student Evaluation Summary

    You'll find many of the context resources at the Excellence in Literature website, so even if a link changes, you'll have what you need.

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    You and your student will have the print book for reference and evaluation, but the student will be able to view the modules online, and click links (on most computers) to the context resources, rather than typing out the URLs.


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