20th Century World Literature and Composition for Grades 10-12 (11:00)
Course: 20th Century World Literature and Composition for Grades 10-12 (11:00)
Instructor: Ellen Dockham
Curriculum Needed: Heart of Darkness (Conrad), All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque), The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway), The Hiding Place (ten Boom), Cry, the Beloved Country (Paton), A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Solzhenitsyn), Red Scarf Girl (Jiang), Children of the River (Crew), The Joy Luck Club (Tan), and Walk Two Moons (Creech).
Course Description: Parents, if you think back to your high school and college literature classes, you will likely remember a list of novels written mostly by American and British authors who lived well before your time. If your history classes were anything like mine, you learned over and over about early American history and never got to more recent events. Well, there’s a whole big world out there, and a lot of cool stuff happened in the 20th century! This course will explore a wide range of literature from around the globe – Africa, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, South Africa, Russia, China, Colombia, Cambodia, Australia –and all of it revolves around important world events. We’ll take our books decade by decade and enhance our reading with a timeline, a little history, and some fun pop culture. The focus of this course is literature, but Mrs. Dockham can’t have a class without some writing instruction! Students will write literary analysis essays as well as historical context papers and creative pieces.
This class will be taught by Ellen Dockham, who has been teaching literature and writing courses for 15 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in literature from UNC-Chapel Hill. Ellen has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, a public relations specialist, and a freelance writer. She also offers private tutoring in writing, grammar, reading comprehension, and literary analysis. (30 weeks)