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10th Grade English

World Literature

FHS World Literature provides a historical and literary lens in order for students to understand important historical events and their role in shaping the world.  The literature component revolves around works of world literature, and 10th grade students explore themes of human experience and inquiry from a historical perspective.  The literature includes novels, plays, stories, memoirs, and poetry by historical and contemporary authors from around the world.  This literature-based program provides instruction and experiences for students to build their listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking skills, while transferring these skills to their studies in history. The program emphasizes the importance of literature on historical remembrance and as a force for change.

Core texts include (in order):

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Rhetoric and speeches (Industrial Revolution)

Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke
Night by Elie Weisel

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


Supplementary Texts:

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
Romantic Poetry

Course Goals:

  • To introduce and develop to mastery the skill of synthesis between English & History.
  • To further develop reading and writing stamina and skills.
  • To serve as a course that sets high expectations to prepare students for personal and academic success.
  • To help students to explore their identities as a scholars and world citizens.
  • To expose students to various kinds of literature from around the world.
  • To support students in developing self-awareness in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking processes.