Rising Fourth Form – World Studies

4th Form – World Studies

10th Grade: WORLD STUDIES 

Students should read the following three texts:

1. Monkey: Journey to the West 

 Edition: 1992

 Author: Kherdian, David

  ISBN 13: 978-1-59030-258-3

  ISBN 10: 1-59030-258-3

  Publisher: Penguin Random House Llc

  Publisher Imprint: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

2. Ramayana

Edition: 2006
Author: Narayan, R. K.
ISBN 13: 978-0-14-303967-9
ISBN 10: 0-14-303967-9
Publisher: Penguin Random House Llc
Publisher Imprint: Penguin Classics

3. Sundiata: Epic of Old Mali

Edition: REV 06
Author: Niane, D.T.
ISBN 13: 978-1-4058-4942-5
ISBN 10: 1-4058-4942-8
Publisher: Pearson
Publisher Imprint: Longman, Inc.

Questions to ponder: 

MonkeyRamayana, and Sundiata are epic tales for the nations of China, India, and Mali. As World Studies scholars read them, they should consider what values are at the heart of them. How do these stories shape the culture and national identity of these three very different nations? Students should also pay attention to the shared patterns of the stories. All three are about heroes who must go on a quest to restore balance to the world, gaining allies and facing villains along the way. What other specific similarities exist? How do these stories connect to other stories the students have read such as The Odyssey, The Aeneid, or Gilgamesh?


Assessment: When class begins in August…

–An objective quiz offers you the chance to confirm that you have met the baseline expectation of completing the reading of all three books.

– An analytical paper will assess your ability to craft a compelling thesis concerning authorial intent of one of the summer reading books and then support it with specific textual evidence and reasoned analysis.

– An in-class essay will assess your ability to compare and contrast specific characters and themes from the other two summer reading books.

– Several Harkness discussions will ask you to relate your reading to essential questions of the course using specific textual support.

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