This course examines ancient world literature and storytelling from the beginning of humanity through Shakespeare and the rise of the English language. Units include the oral tradition, The Epic of Gilgamesh, TheOdyssey, Beowulf, Siddhartha, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. A major focus of the course is the development of oral language skills.Students also read a wide variety of short stories and poems, and write several major essays. Students study cross-curricular units planned in conjunction with their Early World History class.