In response to your queries about the new World Lit class...
Maybe you should get political with it....at our school, the basics are:
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Odyssey, The Iliad, The Aeneid excerpts
Oedipus Rex and/or Antigone
The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel
Along with Gilgmesh, excerpts of Odyssey, Aeneid, and Iliad, we include mythologies of the Ancient World. I also like to include appropriate parts of the Descent of Inanna.
I also add a fairytale and folk tale/song unit to see how a culture's mythology is reflected in them or how some of them fuse with the mythologies. Sometimes with Irish folk tales, it's difficult to even draw the line between them and myths.
I like to add more female-centric and focus less on European literature as well because that aspect of literature gets often ignored. Aphra Behn might be a good one. I also cover accounts of the Boudiccan and Zenobian revolts on Caesarian Rome. That includes poems as well.
Hi Jan - just saw your broadcast message - might I suggest posting it in the World Lit discussion forum. That way it can be broadcast as a crowdsource ? - you will get a lot more feedback that way! Ry:)