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World Literature & Composition II

Comprehensive English class which will include writing, grammar, and literature



Brenda Gassett


Class size:

minimum 6, maximum 16


Additional fees:



Class time:

(Tues-1) 8:45-10:05, (Tues-5) 2:55-4:15

(Wed-1) 8:45-10:05


Pre-requisites for class:

Intro to Literary Analysis & IEW (Comp 1)


Graduation requirement:

1 English credit

  • Course Description

Students will focus on an in-depth study of great authors or literarily movements, while
exploring the context of the author’s life and work through additional reading and writing. This offers an opportunity to practice writing in a number of different formats, as well as the opportunity to grow thoroughly familiar with some of the greatest writers and literary works of all time. The literature will be studied in its historic, literary, and artistic contexts to help students learn to think and write analytically. Using the IEW writing curriculum, students will broaden their composition skills by examining model essays by students and published writers in various genres. Through in-depth planning, organizing, drafting, revising, proofreading, and feedback while also building on their grammar, usage, and mechanics skills with in-depth study of sentence analysis and structure, agreement, and punctuation utilizing the IEW Fix It Grammar program. This intensive grammar program is excellent in preparing students for the ACT/SAT exam.

IMPORTANT: All high school English classes have a rotating curriculum. The curriculum is incremental and builds upon the previous year. This enables students to fulfill all their English graduation requirements.

  • Classwork / Homework

Students will engage in a variety of individual and group projects to develop team skills, communication skills, and public speaking skills. The students will learn note-taking skills, study skills, and test-taking skills. Weekly assignments will include grammar and writing. Literary analysis will be integrated through the weekly writing assignments.

Approximate time for homework each week outside of class: 5 – 6 hours

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
  • Required Books & Materials
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Fix It! Grammar: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
[third edition, out of print, .pdf will be sent to student]



The Odyssey by Homer

by Homer

[any edition translated by Robert Fagles or Richard Lattimore]



by Sophocles

[any good annotated version]



by Dante Alighieri

[Recommended: Anthony Esolen translation from the well-annotated Modern Library Series or the John Ciardi translation from New American Library]


Les Miserables

by Matt Larsen & Victor Hugo

*High school edition*

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1549764748

  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1549764745

  • Binder with tabs to be labeled: notes, grammar, literature, writing, tests

  • Pens, highlighters

  • Post-it notes

  • Notebook paper 

You can choose to consolidate the IEW writing binder into one binder so you are not having to deal with two separate binders.

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