World Literature: Africa and Beyond

This course will explore the experience of being at home in the world as well as the experience of losing one’s place. Each of the novels in this course is a unique coming-of-age story set in Africa and beyond. The themes of home, exile, and refuge are woven throughout, and each work of fiction is a window into real-life issues experienced throughout the world today.

Students will develop skills in analyzing literature, interpreting figurative language, making comparisons, drawing inferences, providing textual evidence, identifying thematic elements, and more. They will practice many types of writing including descriptive, explanatory, persuasive, and research-based.

Content warning: Experiences of migration and exile are often filled with danger, sorrow, and trauma, and the stories in this course portray that in an accurate, realistic way.

For independent use and enrollment

Course Length: One Semester

Grade Level: 11, 12

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