Language Arts 12 B


In this course you will experience the novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction from countries around the world.

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Semester B – There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – ShakespeareWelcome to the contemporary world literature course. In this course you will experience the novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction from countries around the world. You will discover that the writers in this course have ideas and lives as interesting as their work. You will discover many writers have unique writing styles, unique ideas, unique lives, and unique approaches to their art. You will also have the chance to do some unique work of your own. By reading contemporary work and some work of the 20th century you will also discover that “no matter what a writer’s origins, certain themes and events have been hard to run away from in the 20th and early 21st centuries.” As you read, it is my hope that you will come to an understanding that, “reading literature from around the world is unlikely to teach you everything there is to know about a culture. But it may help” Along this journey you will use technology, writing, reflection, vocabulary, research, and other academic and personal skills to help you learn to enter the world of your community, your country, and your world. As the poet Gwendolyn Brooks said, “I believe that we should all know each other, we human carriers of so many pleasurable differences. To not know is to doubt, to shrink from, sidestep or destroy.” So begin your own journey through the world, and do this by reading, writing about what you read, and experiencing the work of writers. 

Required Materials

In this course, you are required to read two novels from the You-Choose list in addition to the works that are listed as required reading below. After selecting the novels you will read as your choices, download the appropriate novel guides using the links below. 

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: ISBN-10: 0143039431; ISBN-13: 978-0143039433 
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo: ISBN-10: 0062315005; ISBN-13: 978-0062315007 
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – Project Gutenberg 
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare – Project Gutenberg 

You-Choose Novels: 

  • 1984 by George Orwell: ISBN-10: 9780451524935; ISBN-13: 978-0451524935 
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: ISBN-10: 0141439556; ISBN-13: 978-0141439556 
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: ISBN-10: 0060850523; ISBN-13: 978-0060850524 
  • Othello by Julius Lester: ISBN-10: 9780590419673; ISBN-13: 978-0590419673 – Project Gutenberg  
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia MarquezISBN-10: 9780060883287ISBN-13: 978-0060883287 
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – Project Gutenberg 
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton: ISBN-10: 0743262174; ISBN-13: 978-0743262170 
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Project Gutenberg