World Literature: a Study of International Writers



World Literature: a Study of International Writers

Studying World Literature is a perfect chance to introduce your high school student to non-English cultures. By reading excellent books from authors around the world, your student will understand that everyone doesn’t live or believe as he does.

Additionally, our World Literature course also connects literature to important historical events. This will grow your students’ understanding of literature and history.  One more benefit? Reading excellent writers helps to develop solid writing skills.

In this full-year course, your high school student will read novels, short stories, and poetry.  Your student will read books from authors such as:

  • Homer (Ancient Greece, pre-Christian)
  • King Solomon and others  (Old Testament authors)
  • Dante Alighieri (Italian, Middle Ages. and pictured on our cover)
  • Alexandre Dumas (France, mid 1800s)
  • Henryk Sienkiewicz (Poland, set in the time of Christ, written in the mid-1800s)
  • Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (Indian, set in the later 1800s)
  • Anton Chekhov (Russian, early-mid 1900s)
  • Guy de Maupassant (France, early-mid 1900s)
  • Leo Tolstoy (Russia, the late 1800s)
  • Aleksander Solzhenitsyn (Russia, mid 1900s)

Also, our World Literature course includes poetry from Japanese poets in the text. (So there’s one less book to buy.)

review of Train up a Child Publishing's World LIterature course

This is a full-year high school level course, usually taken in the 11th or 12th grade. This course will have your homeschooled high school student studying seven novels, short stories, and several poetry selections. After using our World Literature course with your high schoolers you can award them 1 full English credit. (Or more if you assign the optional honors track.)

Further, World Literature incorporates the essay writing skills taught in our Essay Styles for High School course.  In fact, we recommend Essay Styles as a prerequisite to all of our literature and history courses.  And your student may also take Essay Styles along with any of our literature or history courses.

World Literature: a Study of International Writers

  • is easy for you to teach with our book summaries, clear objectives, answers to questions, and grading rubrics
  • encourages your student to work independently as this course is written to your student
  • causes your student’s interest in history to skyrocket, with assignment choices based on different learning styles. (You may customize this course by having your student create an illustration, build a model, create a game, or put together a notebooking project, instead of writing essays for every assignment.)
  • can help you pump up your student’s high school transcript by assigning the optional honors track.
  • will appeal to your visual or structural students, who will love our graphic organizers and notebooking pages for literary components.
  • will help your college-bound student get ready for the vocabulary portion of the SAT/ACT with vocabulary lists and activity ideas to build vocabulary.
  • prepare your student for college-level literature study by gaining a continually deeper understanding of literary devices and analysis.
  • will save you money by having the Student Book and Teacher’s Guide in one volume.



World Literature: a Study of International Writers is 129 pages, printed black and white, and coil bound.

Want to get the most out of our World Literature course?

Grab our World History course and have your student take both World Literature and World History at the same timeYour high schooler will gain a deeper understanding of World Literature and World History by doing both courses the same year.

Additional information

Weight 1.4 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 11 × .75 in

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