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Course Description
This is a survey of the greatest masterpieces (magnum
opus) of literature from all over the world with
representative readings from various places and various time

Course Objectives
At the end of the semester, the students should be able

a. Define the various terms used in literature

b. Summarize and outline the plot of the various pieces of
world literature
c. Identify and discuss the human situation depicted in the
various pieces of literature
d. React to literature in various ways
e. Reflect on the theme of the various pieces of literature
f. Express appreciation for the wisdom imparted by the
various pieces of literature
g. Integrate JHCSC values

Course Policies

1. Since this is a discussion-oriented course, participation

and attendance are crucial to successful completion of
the class.
2. If you miss more than two classes during the semester,
your grade will be negatively affected and you may be
encouraged to drop the class.
3. Absences can be excused for medical reasons and/or family
emergencies only and require sufficient documentation
(note from a doctor, receipt with the date and time,
4. Alternative assignments are not given; missed papers and
presentations are considered against the final grade.
5. Alternative exams are not given.
6. Tardiness is unacceptable, as are coming to class
unprepared, not paying attention during class,
or sleeping in class.
7. Electronic devices for personal messaging, or
entertainment cannot be used during class. Please
turn off cellular/mobile phones, pagers, and other
personal electronic devices before the class.

8. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to,

statements, acts or omissions related to
applications for enrollment or the award of a degree,
and/or the submission as one’s own work or
material that is not one’s own. As a general rule,
scholastic dishonesty involves one of the
following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or
falsifying academic records.

Course Requirements

1. Attendance and participation ( reporting thru power

point presentation ) – 30%
2. Prelim, midterm and final exam – 30%
3. Final essay / research analysis– 20%
4. Activity sheets/ worksheets/ Reflections/ Home
Reading Reports - 20%

Course Outline

Week 1 –Week 2

I. Introduction to the Course

II. Introduction to World Literature

A. Genres
B. Elements

Week 3 – Week 4

I. English / British Literature

A. Beowulf ( Old English poem written by an anonymous Anglo-
Saxon poet ) Adrian
B. Pride and Prejudice ( a romantic novel by Jane Austen) Ariel
C. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ( Jastine )
D. Merchant of Venice ( Ily)
E. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe ( Rizza )

Week 5 – Week 6

I. Greek and Roman Literature

A. Iliad ( Trojan War ) by Homer ( Melfie )
B. Odyssey ( The Adventures of Odysseus ) by Homer ( Rica )
C. Aenid ( The Adventures of Aeneas ) by Virgil ( Irish)
D. The Gorgon’s Head by Anne Terry White ( Dawn )
E. Orpheus by Alice Low ( Mark )

F. Arachne by Olivia Coolige ( Nova)

G. How Odin Lost His Eye by Catherine F. Sellew ( Grace )
H. Daedalus and Icarus by Nick Pontikis ( Man)

Week 7 – Week 8

I. Italian Literature
1. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighiere ( Paradiso, ( Jemariel )
2. Purgatoryo, ( Princess )
3. Inferno ( Janneth )

Week 9 – Week 10

I. Asian Literature
A. Analects of Confucius ( AJ )

Week 11 – Week 12

I. Indian Literature
A. Ramayana ( Nice )
B. Mahabharata
II. Spanish Literature
A. El Cid Compeador ( Ethel )
III. Mesopotamian Literature
A. The Epic of Gilgamesh

Week 13 – Week 14

I. American Literature
A. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (
B. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe (
C. The Last Leaf ( book written by O’ Henry pen name of William
Sydney Porter ) ( Sonny )
II. Persian Literature
A. Arabian Nights ( JB )
III. Russian Literature
A. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
B. God Sees The Truth But Waits by Leo Tolstoy

IV. French
A. Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo ( Albert and Sheron )

Reporting Guidelines

1. Each reporter is given 30 minutes to present his/ her topic. Fifteen

minutes is for questions and clarifications. There will be assigned
students who will ask each reporter.
2. Each reporter shall provide copy/ hand -outs for the class and for the
instructor either electronic or printed.
3. Each reporter is responsible to arrange for the use of the LCD
projector and extension wire.
4. After each reported literary piece, students are required to submit one
lesson plan designed for one period/ hour from the topic presented.
You may follow the format prescribed by the Department of
5. Every slide should only have 8 lines and each line must only have 8

Ppt. Slides ( Content )

1. Title
2. Introduction
3. Background of the author
4. Summary of the Story
A. Characters C. Plot ( 30 sentences )
B. Setting D. Theme
5. Influence to Literature
6. Commentaries
7. References ( APA format )


Oral Evaluation Rubric: Based on Iowa State University, 2005. Oral Presentation Rubric:

Criteria Distinguished Proficient Basic Unacceptable

1. Organization -- Extremely well -- Generally well -- Somewhat -- Poor or non

20% organized. organized. existent
-- Introduces the purpose of
the presentation clearly and -- Introduces the -- Introduces the organization.
purpose of the purpose of the -- Does not clearly
presentation clearly. presentation introduce the
includes smooth,
-- Includes transitions -- Includes some purpose of the
clever transitions to connect key points transitions to presentation
which are succinct but not -- Presents most connect key points -- Uses ineffective
choppy in order to connect information in a
key points logical sequence; A but there is difficulty transitions that
few minor points may
-- Student presents in following the rarely connect
be confusing
information in logical, presentation. points
-- Ends with a
interesting sequence which
audience can follow. -- Student jumps -- Presentation is
summary of main

-- Ends with an around topics. choppy and

points showing some
evaluation of the Several points are
accurate conclusion disjointed; no
evidence presented.
showing thoughtful, confusing. apparent logical

strong evaluation of -- Ends with a order of presentation

the evidence summary or -- Ends without a

resented. conclusion; little

summary or
20/20 evidence of
evaluating content

based on


11 and below

2. Content: Depth --Speaker provides --For the most part, --Explanations of -No reference is made

and Accuracy of an accurate and explanations of concepts and/or to literature or

Content complete explanation of concepts and theories are theory. Thesis not

30% theories, drawing upon theories are accurate inaccurate or clear; information
relevant literature.
and complete. Some incomplete. Little included that does
Applications of
helpful applications attempt is made to not support thesis in
theory are included
of theory are tie in theory. There any way.
to illuminate issues.
included. is a great deal of - Presents little or no
-- Provides evidence
-- Presents evidence information that is evidence of valid
of extensive research.
of valid not connected to the
and valid research
-- Shows little
research with presentation thesis.
with multiple
evidence of the
multiple sources. -- Presents evidence
and varied sources.
combination of
-- Combines existing of research with
-- Combines and
sources. ideas.
ideas to form
evaluates existing
-- Combines existing -- Information
new insights.
ideas to form new
ideas. included is sufficiently
-- No significant
-- Enough errors are inaccurate that the
errors are made; a
-- Information
made to distract a listener cannot
few inconsistencies
completely accurate;
knowledgeable depend on the
or errors in
all names and facts
listener, but some presentation as a
were precise and
information is source of accurate
-- Level of
accurate. information.
presentation is
-- Level of
-- Portions of -- Presentation
presentation is
presentation are too consistently is too
appropriate for the appropriate.
elementary or too elementary or too
sophisticated for sophisticated for the

audience. audience.
30/30 24-29
19-23 18 and below

3. Research -Went above and beyond to --Did a very good --Used the material --Did not utilize
Effort research
job of researching; provided in an resources
10% information;
utilized materials acceptable manner, effectively; did little
solicited material in
provided to their full but did not consult or no fact gathering
addition to what was
potential; solicited any additional on the topic.
provided; brought in
a few additional resources.
personal ideas and materials

information to of research to

enhance the presentation enhance the


6-7 5 and below

3. Creativity -Very original, clever, and --Some originality -Little or no -- Bland,

creative approach
5% apparent; clever at variation; a few predictable, and
that captures
times; good variety original touches but lacked “zip”.
audience's attention.
and blending of for the most part Repetitive with little

materials/media. material presented or no variety; little

with little originality creative energy

or interpretation.
4 3 1-2

4. Use of --Graphics are --While graphics -- Occasional use of --Student uses

Communication designed to reinforce relate and aid graphics that rarely superfluous
Aids presentation thesis presentation thesis, support presentation graphics, no
(e.g., and maximize these media are not thesis; visual aids graphics, or
Transparencies, audience as varied and not as were not colorful or graphics that are so
Slides, Posters, understanding; use well connected to clear. poorly prepared that
Handouts, of media is varied
presentation thesis. - Choppy, time they detract from the
Computer- and appropriate with
--Font size is wasting use of presentation.

Generated media not being appropriate for multimedia; lacks --Font is too small

Materials) added simply for the reading. smooth transition

sake of use. --Appropriate from one medium to

5% --Visual aids were information is another.

colorful and large prepared. Some --Font is too small to

enough to be seen. material is not be easily seen.
--Media are prepared
supported --Communication
in a professional
aids are poorly
manner. Details are
prepared or used
minimized so that
inappropriately. Too
main points stand out.
much information is

included. Unimportant

material is highlighted.

4 1-2

5. Use of -- Clear articulation; proper - Clear articulation -- Audience -- Presenter is

volume; steady rate;
Language: but not as polished; occasionally has obviously anxious
Grammar, Word slightly trouble hearing the and cannot be heard
confidence; speaker
Choice, Voice uncomfortable at presentation; seems or monotone with
is clearly
5% times. Most can hear uncomfortable. little or no
comfortable in front
-- Student expression.
of the group.
presentation. incorrectly
-- Correct, precise -- Student mumbles,
- Student pronounces pronounces terms.
pronunciation of incorrectly
most words
terms pronounces terms

-- Selects words

-- Selects rich and appropriate for -- Selects words

varied words for context and uses inappropriate for - Selects words

context and uses correct grammar. context; uses inappropriate

correct grammar. -- Presentation has incorrect grammar. for context; Uses

-- Presentation has no more than two -- Presentation has

incorrect grammar.

no misspellings or misspellings and/or three misspellings

-- Student's

grammatical errors. grammatical errors and/or grammatical

presentation has four

-- Sentences are -- For the most part, errors.

or more spelling
-- Can follow the
complete and sentences are errors and/or
presentation, but
grammatical, and complete and grammatical errors.
some grammatical
they flow together grammatical, and -- Cannot focus on
errors and use of
easily. Words are they flow together the ideas presented
slang are evident. because of
chosen for their easily. With a few
Some sentences are difficulties with
precise meaning. exceptions, words
incomplete/ halting, grammar and
are chosen for their
and/or vocabulary is appropriate
somewhat limited or


6. Eye Contact -- Maintains eye -- Student maintains -- Some eye -- Student reads all

5% contact; eye contact most of contact, but not or most of the report

presentation is like a the time but maintained and at with no eye contact.

planned frequently returns to least half the time-

conversation. notes. reads most of the report.

5/5 4 1-2

7. Personal --Personal --For the most part, -- Personal -- Personal

Appearance appearance is personal appearance appearance is appearance is

5% completely is appropriate for the somewhat inappropriate for the

appropriate for the occasion and the inappropriate for the occasion and

occasion and the audience. occasion and audience.

audience. 4 audience.

5/5 3

8. Audience --Encourages --Encourages --Reluctantly --Avoids or

Interaction, audience interaction. audience interaction. interacts with the discourages active

Questions and Calls on classmates --Demonstrates audience. audience participation.

by name. knowledge of the

Answers. --Demonstrates --Demonstrates
--Demonstrates topic by responding
10% some knowledge of incomplete
extensive knowledge accurately and
rudimentary questions knowledge of the
of the topic by appropriately by
topic by responding
responding addressing questions . responding
inaccurately and
confidently, precisely At ease with answers to accurately to questions.
all questions but fails to inappropriately to
and appropriately to all elaborate. questions.

questions. 3 1-2


9. Length of --Within 1 ½ to three hours --Maximim:3 1/2-4 --Within 4-5 hours --Too long or too
Presentation short; 3 hours above

5% 5/5 or less than 1 ½ hours

3 1-2


1. Organization


2. Content: Depth and Accuracy of Content


3. Research Effort


3. Creativity


4. Use of Communication Aids

(e.g., Transparencies, Slides, Posters, Handouts, Computer-Generated



5. Use of Language: Grammar, Word Choice, Voice


6. Eye Contact


7. Personal Appearance


8. Audience Interaction, Questions and Answers.


9. Length of Presentation


95-100: 1.0 (Distinguished)

90-94: 1.25 (Excellent)

85-89: 1.5 (Very Good)

80-84: 1.75 (Proficient)

75-79: 2.0 (Fair or Basic)

70-74: 2.25 (Passing or Basic)

65-69: 2.5 (Conditional or Unacceptable)

Below 65: (Failure)

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Instructor 1, STE- English