World Literature B

Why This Class

As a parent, you realize the only constant force in life is change. You also know accepting this reality is easier said than done—especially for your student as they grow towards adulthood. This course helps by exposing them to stories that display how human beings respond and adapt to change.

Mentors in this course guide students through some of the most striking works of modern world literature. In the process, students discuss and debate themes ranging from justice and mercy to cultural confrontation and personal redemption. Students also explore the emotional impact of large-scale changes in society—and learn how individuals can act as change agents to drive those shifts. To summarize their learning, students end the course by writing a personal essay called “This I Believe.”

By completing this course, students gain clarity on the core beliefs and values that will help them navigate the stormy seas of change. They can also relate more deeply to others who struggle to accept and embrace changes in their lives.

Overarching Questions

What are justice and mercy?

Can people change?

What makes someone good or bad?

How and when do societies change?

How can I successfully communicate my ideas and insights?

Reading List for Live Course

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Les Miserables (abridged) by Victor Hugo

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

The Worlds Greatest Short Stories by Daley James

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 12th (Senior)

Prerequisites: World Literature A (recommended)

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5 (Classic), 7 (Honors)

Format: Live, self-paced

Credits: 0.5

*We recommend students take this course in conjunction with Geography & World Events.

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