This is a class that I do not currently teach, but I thought it would be good to hear your opinions on these books...wait for it...wait for it...SNORE FEST! :) Some are okay, while others I think would be painful to get through.
Also, both our 10th and 11th grade lit classes also use the Literature and the Language Arts series of textbooks. I really like these texts as they present so many great selections that I can use in addition to the lit books we read, and the reading and discussion questions are quite good, I feel.
Twelfth Night (yay! :)
The Song of Roland
Till We Have Faces
The Three Musketeers
I'm drawing a blank now...I know there are about 3-4 others. I'll list those in another post! :)
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I think The Dubliner's is going to be a challenge, and as I recall, Three Musketeers is a pretty lengthy read. I would second the above suggestion of Things Fall Apart. It is an easy read, except for the names, and it gives you an African voice. I would also consider something Russian such as The Brothers Karamazov. My students have liked getting philosophical with the following shorter novels: The Stranger and Siddhartha. While the latter is written by Hesse -- a German, it is set in India and so provides another cultural view.
That is an ambitious list. I am not sure that I would want to attempt either The Dubliners or the Three Musketeers. There are so many excellent world literature books that represent other countries. I think some other less European selections would be good. For example, The Kite Runner and Things Fall Apart. I would also suggest some South American works or books that take place there, such as Chronicle of a Death Foretold. You also might want to consider at least one World War II book, such as Night or The Book Thief. If you are interested in nonfiction Three Cups of Tea is also a very popular selection.
Of course I can't know what has been read in any other courses before and after yours, but Lord of the Flies, if it hasn't been covered anywhere else, is always a hit. I also enjoy teaching Don Quixote and Candide, in addition to shorter selections from my texts.
Haven't taught any of these, but would be interested to hear the student response. World Lit has turned out to be one of my favorite classes to teach. In NC it is taught in 10th grade, in conjunction with the state writing test, which is the big emphasis. For texts, I usually go with:
Oedipus Rex & then Antigone (which all the students end up loving)
All Quiet on the Western Front
Then I might finish the semester with some exerpts from one of the text books.
Frankenstein is a novel I am going to be using next year for Grade 12 - and I can't wait to teach it! So exciting! Dubliners for this grade seems a bit ambitious - teaching a story like "The Dead" to anything below Grade 12 or AP would be a challenge, I think, but maybe that is just me. Twelfth Night is obviously a great classic!
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