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ELA: World Literature Version: CPS05-06

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Essential Question

How are the cultures, beliefs and values of the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, Persians, Arabics and Hebrews reflected through literature? How can I create a hero? Why do find monomyths in our culture? How are monomyths created? How is reading ancient literature relevant to our lives? Why does talking about literature make it easier to understand?

Topic 1

Structures and Elements

  • Knowledge of the structures, developments and elements of (a) fiction, (b) nonfiction and (c) poetry
  • Topic 1 Standards and Elements

    ELAWLRL1 Demonstrates Comprehension/Fiction
    ELAWLRL2 Knowledge of Theme
    ELAWLRL5 Vocabulary

    Topic 2


  • Knowledge of universal themes
  • Themes: Man's search for meaning; ancient traditions; individual and society; heroes
  • Topic 2 Standards and Elements

    ELAWLRL2 Knowledge of Theme
    ELAWLRL5 Vocabulary

    Topic 3


  • Relate a literary work to primary sources
  • Compare and contrast different genres
  • Analyze genres within specified time periods
  • Topic 3 Standards and Elements

    ELAWLRL3 Contemporary Context or Historical Background
    ELAWLRL5 Vocabulary

    Topic 4


  • Employ a variety of writing genres
  • Demonstrate awareness of stylistic devices
  • Draw comparisons between text and themes to generalize about life
  • Include works cited or bibliography when applicable
  • Topic 4 Standards and Elements

    ELAWLRC3 Vocabulary
    ELAWLRL5 Vocabulary

    Unit Vocabulary

    • Culture
    • Philosophical letter
    • Philosophical essay
    • Poetry
    • Structures: chronological, in medias res, flashback, epistolary narrative, frame narrative
    • Literature: Mythic, traditional, classical
    • Translation
    • Rhetoric
    • Syntax
    • Imagery
    • Symbolism
    • Lyrics
    • Elegy
    • Epic
    • Epic hero
    • Archetype
    • Pastoral poetry
    • Fable
    • Folk tales
    • Quest
    • Legend
    • Oral tradition
    • Theme
    • Universal theme
    • Point of view: First person, third person limited, third person omniscient
    • Genre
    • Satire
    • Irony
    • Diction
    • Personification
    • Metaphor
    • Epic simile
    • Synecdoche
    • Primary source
    • Secondary source
    • Controlling images
    • Figurative language
    • Extended metaphor
    • Understatement
    • Hyperbole
    • Paradox
    • Tone
    • Haiku
    • Lyric poem
    • Narrative poem
    • Alliteration
    • End rhyme, internal rhyme
    • Terza rima
    • Consonance
    • Assonance
    • Sumerian
    • Egyptian
    • Hebrew
    • Persian
    • Arabic
    • Mesopotamia
    • Islam

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