World Literature

Teacher Guide: The Iliad of Homer

Greek warrior and demi-god Achilleus responds wrathfully when King Agamemnon greedily repossesses the war trophy he first gifted, the woman Briseis; withdrawing from the heat of battle with the Trojans, Achilles sulks by his own black ships, mourning for Briseis and subjecting his people to the painful effects of his bitterness. 

Teacher Guide: The Chosen by Chaim Potok

When Reuven’s eye is injured during a baseball game, an unlikely friendship develops between himself and Danny, the offending player on the opposing Hasidic team. Raised by two very different styles of fatherhood and in separate Jewish communities, they come of age together during a time of great suffering. 

Teacher Guide: The Aeneid by Virgil

Linking his work with the Homeric epics, Virgil sings a hymn to Aeneas, the legendary founder of Rome. Born of Venus, brave in battle (second only to Hektor), and already a recognized figure in the Trojan Cycle, Aeneas is a fitting hero.  In the face of Juno's wrath and cruel tricks of Fate, Aeneas and his fellow Trojan survivors wander in search of a new home. Aeneas pledges to honor the gods if they will grant him safe passage to Italy and bless his settlement there.

Teacher Guide: The Odyssey of Homer

[Originally published in Ready Readers: High School Literature, Vol. 1]

After ten years of fighting at Troy, Odysseus finally sets sail for home. Along the way he encounters many trials and dangers that take another ten years of his life. He finally returns to his kingdom only to find that his wife is plagued by suitors who are trying to usurp his position. Enjoy a lively and deep discussion of this beloved pillar of Western Civilization without fear or intimidation! 

Teacher Guide: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska d'Orczy

As the Reign of Terror threatens the safety of every nobly-born citizen in France, only one man dares to snatch the doomed from the jaws of the guillotine: an enigmatic Englishman who calls himself “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” As a wrathful French revolutionary, Chauvelin, scours England in search of the trickster, he blackmails Lady Blakeney, queen of fashionable society in England, into helping him to capture this brave leader.