World Literature: Literary Analysis & Writing

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Teacher: Katherine Rumbaugh
Date/Time: Wednesday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: Language Arts
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)
Maximum Enrollment: 20

The focus of this course is three-fold: first, to hone skills of close readings and careful analysis of literary texts; second, to bring measurable improvement in each student’s writing through a step-by-step building of skills; third, to explore contemporary works of world literature within their cultural context.  Students will demonstrate their interpretations through class discussions, analytical essays, creative writing, and presentations.

The students may borrow a textbook for the year from the teacher on a first-come, first-serve basis; there will be a refundable deposit of $25. The textbook—Glencoe: World Literature (1991; ISBN: 0-02-635081-5)—may also be purchased for a reasonable price on Amazon or In addition, students will need to obtain their own copies of various books such as "Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood," "Hiroshima,"  "Things Fall Apart," "Night," and "The Queen of Water."  (These texts are subject to change.)   There will be several works that will need to be printed out, read, and brought to class for discussion.

Tuition: The fee is $80/month for nine months (September-May). There is also a one-time materials fee of $35: These fees cover not only tuition but also a portion of the materials we use in class and a monthly administrative fees paid to MAS.  The one-time materials fee is due the first day of class.  Tuition is due the first Wednesday of the month so that the other fees may be paid on time.  All checks should be made out to "Schooling by Design."