World Literature

  • One hundred Years of Solitude
  • Divine Comedy
  • Don Quixote
  • The Iliad
  • The Odyssey
  • Madam Bovary
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • Anna Karenina 
  • Lao Tzu
  • Crime and Punishment 

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. —Katherine Patterson

World Literature is the study of literature written all over the world, both in time and place.  It is a journey through history seen though the eyes of main characters and narrators, villains and heroes, and then gently transferred into the minds of readers.

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. —Vera Nazarian

The more light you have, the more clearly you are able to see.  The study of literature is the gift of sight and light.

 Good literature does more for the mind than practically anything else.  It broadens horizons, deepens understanding, enhances one’s sense of empathy, and increases contextual understanding of events both historical and fictional.  It can transport the reader to another time and place exposing him or her to a past that is gone, but none the less influential, and therefore relevant.

In class, students will review and discuss assigned reading to deepen understanding and gain context.  Together they will analyze assigned readings with a critical eye and draw upon their existing knowledge to deepen their understanding of stories which might otherwise be rendered unintelligible.

Course credit:

This course meets the general credit requirements for one year of English / Language Arts.  Check with your umbrella school to make sure it meets your specific needs.

Class homework requirements: 

Weekly assignments will be posted on Schoology and will include large reading sections, comprehension / review questions, vocabulary and short essays.  Tests and quizzes will be similar in nature and will involve essays / written components.

Students will need internet access and should bring the current text and a binder for note taking and handouts to class.

Students of advanced ability but younger grade may join the class. 


Time: 10:45-12:15
Grade:  10-12
Class Fees: $375
Supply fee: $85 (includes study guides, and text not available online or at the library)
Tutor: Candace Fortino

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically.  Group projects and group collaboration will be encouraged via online methods, but adjustments will be made as needed.  Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.