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World Literature

Course Description

Prerequisite: Literature I, Literature II, or AP English

World Literature explores literature around the world through literature analysis, class discussion, and writing assignments. Students are expected to have time management skills and critical thinking skills. This class looks at literature outside of the British and American canon and investigates how other cultures’ literary traditions interact with, reject, or ignore the literary movements students have previously studied in British and American courses.

The course will cover:

  • Greek and Roman literature
  • Indian literature
  • Japanese poetry
  • African literature
  • European modernism
  • Russian literature

Class Requirements

Technical Requirements

  • A computer with internet access – high speed recommended.
  • An email address unique to each student.
  • Any version of Word (If a version of Word is 2003 or lower, you will need to download this converter from Microsoft to read Word 2007 documents)

Class Format

The class will last for 30 weeks. The class is asynchronous, meaning that each student can complete his or her work at the time that is most convenient. There is not a designated class time. Homework must be posted by midnight, EST, Monday–Friday.

All students will be provided with a username and password to Write from the Heart’s online classroom. They will use this classroom to interact with other students, post papers, and conference with their coaches. Students will also have access to their grades through this classroom.

Classes have daily assignments. Occasionally, there are assignments that span several days. Assignments are intended to take approximately 1½ hours a day.

All writing coaches are also available via email throughout the week.

Class Dates

September 5, 2017 - April 27, 2018

(There will be a one-week break the week of Thanksgiving and a two-week break at Christmas. There will be a one-day break on March 30, 2018.)

Book Requirements (purchasable on the Store page)

  • The Norton Anthology of World Literature (Shorter Third Edition). Volume 1. ISBN: 0393919609.
  • Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, SEVENTH Edition. ISBN: 1603290249 (Please make sure that you get the 7th edition, as it has the most up-to-date information and page referencing.).
  • Wiesel, Elie. Night. Any edition.
  • Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Any edition.

Price (for the 2017-2018 school year)

Early Bird Cost: $559 if payment is made in full by May 31st, 2017

Regular Cost: $589 (after May 31st, 2017)

Installment Plan: We are too close to the start of classes to offer an installment plan.

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Payment Methods

We accept check, credit card, or PayPal for full payments. We also offer installment plans (credit card and PayPal only).

  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. All payments are securely processed through VeriSign/PayPal.
  • Installment plans (credit card and PayPal only):
    • All installments will be invoiced through PayPal. All major credit cards are accepted.
    • Invoices will be emailed at the beginning of every month and due on the 15th of every month for the installment period selected.
    • Late payments may result in loss of the hold for the student's admission spot.
    • Installment plans are designed to be completed by the beginning of the school year. Not all installment options will be available as the school year approaches.
    • Refunds for any cancellations will follow the Refunds Policy below.

Refund Policy

  • $100 is nonrefundable for cancellations made by August 1, 2017.
  • $250 is nonrefundable for cancellations made by October 1, 2017.

No refunds will be made for withdrawals made after these dates. Refunds will be given by check regardless of the original method of payment.

Terms of Payment

  • Payments must be postmarked by the due date shown.
  • There will be a $30 returned check fee.
  • Admission to the class is not finalized until full payment is received. For the installment option, a position in the class is temporarily held, but admission to the class is not finalized until the full payment has been received. Upon receipt of final payment, a confirmation email will be sent to the parent.

Sample Syllabus

For this class, some weeks will have daily assignments, and some weeks will have assignments that cover several days at a time. The daily assignment weeks will tend to be at the beginning of the year, and will move toward more independently monitored weekly or unit deadlines.

Week 4
Ancient Poetry

Monday: Complete the following activities:

  • Review the attachment “Analyzing Poetry.” Use these techniques as you read.
  • Read the introduction “Poetry and Thought in Early China.”
  • Read several poems from the following selections. Read enough from each to make sure you get a sense of the religious beliefs of that people. Complete the attachment “Comparing Ancient Religious Poetry” as you read. This sheet is due Friday of Week 4.
    • Ancient Egyptian Poetry
    • The Bible (feel free to read Psalms outside of this Volume)
    • Sappho
    • Classic of Poetry (China)
    • The Tamil Anthologies
    • Catullus

Tuesday-Wednesday: Complete the following activities:

  • Conference with your coach on your Fiction paper.
  • Continue to complete your Poetry Comparison sheet.

Thursday-Friday: Complete the following activities:

  • Revise your Sudden Fiction Paper according to your coach conference. Post the revised copy in your Sudden Fiction Paper folder as a reply to your revised copy and title it “Ready for Editing.”
  • Complete your Poetry Comparison sheet. Create a topic called “Ancient Poetry” in your board and post it there.
  • Additionally, as a reply, write a response summarizing what you discovered—what are the biggest similarities or differences between the poetry you studied? What are they missing or comprehending? You have until next Tuesday to post this.

How Our Classes Work

Write from the Heart is unique among online classes for homeschoolers: it blends the flexibility of an asynchronous online style with the peer collaboration of a classroom. This means that there are no set class times, but students interact with one another on a daily basis.

The students are all given a password and unique log in to our online classroom. Each week, the students will utilize a syllabus that lists their daily tasks for the week. All tasks are due by 11:59pm, EST. Some tasks last several days, while others require the students to finish in one day.

Classroom screenshot

Workshop Format

One of the most important features of Write from the Heart is the collaborative writing process. Every paper is reviewed several times before it is turned in for a grade. Students learn about composition not only by writing themselves, but by learning how to critique others and think critically about their own piece.

In the workshop approach, your child’s paper is reviewed:

  • At the outline stage by a writing coach
  • After each revision by two separate peers in the class.
  • In an instructional “conference” with a writing coach.
  • After the final draft by a writing coach using a grading rubric.

This process takes about two weeks to complete. This workshop method allows students to learn as they work, seeing their ideas develop and grow before their eyes. The peer interaction, monitored by coaches at every step, allows the students to increase their skills in a collaborative way. Many times, they become personally invested in the success of their peers. Write from the Heart is a community of learners, committed to positive interactions and encouraging growth.

How Are Students Graded?

Class grading

All students receive homework grades for work completed throughout the class. This includes grammar activities, instructional assignments for composition skills, workshop interactions, and posting of paper drafts at each stage of revision. A gradebook is provided in the online classroom so that students can track their grade throughout the class.

Final writing assignments are assessed using a rubric that focuses on content, development, organization, voice, and mechanics. The grading also takes into account the growth that the student has made through the workshop and revision process. Students receive written comments throughout their final paper. On the rubric, they are told where they are strong as well as where they need to improve.

The goal in all grading is to encourage the student. By the end of the class, students will have a concrete collection of works showing revisions along with professional feedback on all assignments.

FAQs

How do I know if my child is ready for this class?
How are students graded?
What diploma requirements does this class meet?
Will this class prepare my student for the SAT test?
What do we do about missed work if we are traveling?
What should we do if we experience computer problems?
What is the difference between the instructor and a composition coach?

How do I know if my child is ready for this class?

Your child should have completed Literature I and/or Literature II (or a comparable literature class). World Literature assumes that your child has a basic understanding of literary techniques and the major literary movements in Western Literature.

How are students graded?

Students receive a weekly homework grade based on the completion of assignments. Discussion of texts read for class will be considered part of that grade. For each of the units of texts read, there will be a textually-based test, which will include both retention and critical thinking through essay answers. In addition, an assessment rubric will be provided for each major writing assignment. Students will know before being graded what criteria are expected to be met. Before submitting papers for a final grade, students will receive feedback from a writing coach and peers and will have opportunity to make revisions and edit.

What diploma requirements does this class meet?

This class meets diploma requirements by providing the following: 5 major assignments showing revisions and editing changes; a 7-10 page research paper (minimum) with documentation; a 10-15 minute oral presentation; and four classic books. Many states have a minimum book requirement: simply supplement your child’s reading list to meet the state requirement.

In addition to the above-mentioned diploma requirements, the classes also provides two tests, a portion of which will be essay-based; several timed essays, and grammar and vocabulary activities. If you are concerned about your state's laws being fulfilled, email Veldorah Rice with your state's specific guidelines.

Will this class prepare my student for the SAT test?

Yes. Vocabulary expansion and retention will be part of every major assignment. By the end of the year, the student will have added at least 140 new words to their lexicon. On every major writing assignment, students practice identifying common sentence errors and checking for spelling, capitalization, usage, and punctuation as well as sentence structure and paragraph improvement. The literature based lessons are designed to include practice with comprehension and critical reading skills. The essay tests will help the student insightfully develop a point of view with appropriate reasons and examples and use language skillfully. However, if your child is preparing to take the SATs during this school year, it is recommended that you purchase a text specific to teaching the test-taking skills needed for the SAT examination.

What do we do about missed work if we are traveling?

Even though the class officially begins in September, students are given access to the forum in early August. That way, anyone wishing to begin early to accommodate family vacations may do so. Students also have off the full week of Thanksgiving and two weeks at Christmas. If a child has access to a computer while traveling, he may complete his work anywhere.

What should we do if we experience computer problems?

Students are advised to frequently make a back-up of their work. If they experience computer failure, they can easily take their back-up to a relative's or friend's house, or to a public library.

What is the difference between the instructor and a composition coach?

Instructor — This is the person who manages the course material, who creates new courses, and who oversees everyone else. This person is Veldorah Rice. She leads all class discussions and oversees all aspects of the course and is available on a daily basis to answer questions or help with any problems.

Composition Coach — a composition coach has a degree in English as well as professional training and expertise in teaching high school students. He or she works alongside of the instructor and will guide the students through the composition portions of the course including: grading grammar exercises, commenting on the rough draft stage of writing, conferencing on revised drafts, and scoring final assignment rubrics.

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