English III: World Literature

DESCRIPTION:
This course emphasizes the study of world literature. The course is presented in two semesters.

Semester 1 examines various literary elements, discussing them in the context of selected poems, short stories, plays, and novels. It teaches students how to determine the main idea and theme of a piece of literature, as well as discern the underlying, inferred meaning and tone.

Semester 2 exposes students to works by major European writers from a variety of literary genres. This course also emphasizes the application of critical reading skills.

CREDITS:
1 Credit

PREREQUISITES:
English I: Grammar and Composition
English II: Introduction to Literature

STANDARDS:
This course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) standards, Florida Sunshine State Standards, and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards.

 English III Semester 1

Diction, Tone, and Mood
Rhythm
Rhyme
Stanza and Verse
Symbolism and Imagery
Metaphor and Simile
Consonance, Assonance, and Alliteration
Analyzing and Interpreting Poetry
Setting
Plot
Characterization
Theme
Point of View
Literary Elements in "The Scarlet Ibis"
Critical Reading
"The Rocking-Horse Winner," by D.H. Lawrence

English III Semester 2

Novels and Novellas
Novella: Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, Part 1
Novella: Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, Part 2
Novella: Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, Part 3
Novel: Gulliver’s Travels, part 1 (A Voyage to Lilliput)
Novel: Gulliver’s Travels, part 2 (A Voyage to Brobdingnag)
Novel: Gulliver’s Travels, part 3 (A Voyage to Laputa, etc.)
Novel: Gulliver’s Travels, part 4 (A Voyage to Houyhnhnms)
History of Theater
Theater Around the World
Existentialism: No Exit, a one-act play by Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism: Endgame, a one-act play by Samuel Becket
Tragicomedy—Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Becket—Act 1
Tragicomedy—Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Becket—Act 2
Farce: The Comedy of Errors, by Shakespeare, Acts 1-3
Farce: The Comedy of Errors, by Shakespeare, Acts 4-5

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