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World Literature and Composition online class

World Literature and Composition

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World Literature and Composition

Full Year High School Level Course

Meets:  2024 – 2025 | Tuesday, 9 am – 10 am CST

Instructor: Beth Purcell

Required Reading:

  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • The Aeneid by Virgil
  • Russian Short Stories by Tolstoy
  • Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Faust by Goethe

World Literature and Composition

“Wars and a man I sing…Tell me, Muse, how it all began…”  ~Virgil’s The Aeneid

Discover the link between Homer, Virgil, and the Marvel Universe!

World Literature and Composition is a year-long, one-credit class that will survey ancient literary works that had a major, lasting impact on today’s novels and storytelling. 

This college preparatory English course counts toward the required high school level language arts in literature and composition. It is particularly well-suited for upper-level High School students, especially those taking other coursework covering ancient and world history, art, and/or music.


Students will read and analyze selections from classic masterpieces of Western Civilization and complete writing assignments as guided by the instructor.  Students will engage in guided class discussions about these literary works and learn to present carefully crafted ideas in writing.


The course is taught from a Christian worldview; however, literature represents a variety of ideas and perspectives. This course will help students uncover the unique worldview revealed in each text, how it relates to the cultural and historical context of its time, and how it is relevant today. Additionally, the course will foster proficiency in literary analysis, essay organization, style, and mechanics.


Required Reading:

    • The Odyssey by Homer
    • Antigone by Sophocles
    • The Aeneid by Virgil
    • Russian Short Stories by Tolstoy
    • Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante
    • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    • Faust by Goethe

PDF links are provided for e-copies of these works; however, students may prefer to add print copies to their own libraries! 

Full-Year Course, One-Credit: Your True North Homeschool Academy teacher will teach and grade the class.

World Literature and Composition would pair perfectly with World History and World Religions or Politics, Philosophy, and Economics for a robust and challenging year!

1 review for World Literature and Composition

  1. Merit Kirkpatrick

    Beth Purcell is an excellent tutor and a pleasure to work with (for parents and students alike). She has an excellent knowledge and understanding of the key facets of literature, analysis, writing, and revision, and she is able to make these concepts accessible to students. Her communication with both students and parents is solid and makes her very easy to work with.

    I have been impressed with the essays my children have conceptualized, outlined, written and revised in her classes, and under her instruction. She has been a great asset to my children’s literature and essay-writing development as middle and early high school students. They have grown in understanding and skill as a result of her work with them.

    She has also worked hard to be flexible and receptive to my desires and instructions as a parent. I’ve really appreciated her flexibility and diligence.

    Susan Arico

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