World literature: thematic or chronological?

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  1. myloveasdeep

    myloveasdeep Rookie

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    I am having a hard time deciding. How important is it for students to read from Gilgamesh to present in literary period order? If I do this thematically, will it be a disservice? I worry that chronological can really drag, and it's my first time teaching this.
     
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    My last ELA class (I'm switching grades) was largely chronological for the first half of the school year so students could get a feel for the growth of the English language. After we made our way to the 20th century mid-year, we then shifted to a general theme of how language can influence thoughts and actions. It worked extremely well.
     
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    I think that either way works: depends on us and how we go about it. You could even do thematic units that go backward in time.
     

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