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World Literature: 19th and 20th Century Works

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Number of Semesters

1 Semester

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Crissa Becker


Required Materials

'-Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (Please purchase abridged version, translated by Wilbour, with an introduction by Robinson, in order to match the study guide. ISBN 0-449-30002-1)

-Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov (Any version is fine, including the free ebook at

-Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (Any version is fine.)

-Three literature guides from 7 Sisters Homeschool:
*** I have a coupon code for our co-op, for 33% off these study guides, which I will email to families who register a student for the class. ***

- The Little Brown Handbook, 13th edition (An earlier edition is fine, and a different writing handbook could also work. This is optional if you are not requesting grading for your student.)

- A 3-ring binder (or at least a section in one)

2 to 3 hours per week

Assignments Begin Before Co-op Begins

2 to 3 hours per week

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About the course

In this class we will be exploring three significant works of World Literature: Les Miserables, a novel from 19th century France; Uncle Vanya, a play from 19th century Russia; and Cry, the Beloved country, a novel from 20th century South Africa.

Students will use e-book study guides as they read to help ensure their understanding of the themes of each work. And after reading, students will write a literary analysis in response.

We will use class time to discuss the reading and study guide questions, share student essays, review writing tips and strategies, and possibly read some poetry.

In order to be ready for this class, students should have some experience with writing persuasive essays. They also need to be mature enough to handle some difficult topics that they will encounter in these books. Parents, please research or preview these titles to make sure they are appropriate for your students.

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