LITERATURE & CULTURE

Literature, like a frigate in Emily Dickinson’s words, sits on the horizon of our lives to take us lands away. It is the perpetuum mobile that turns the cogs of our existence: it inspires, enables, and transforms you into the person you will dare to become. It opens the future like a golden key. It allows you to experience other lives, other cultures, and other worlds, and grow with this knowledge. Fear not its magnetic allure: allow yourself to take the step along the literary journey, and remember: “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Subcategories: Poetry, Drama, Novels, Short Stories.

You are expected to do research on the theme of the year, “Creativity: Beyond the Borders”, in the context of Literature & Culture. You may find the recommended resources below.

The study resources contain several movies and videos to watch, books and articles to read, topics to research, and questions to sharpen your knowledge.

BOOKS

  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

FILMS

  • Midnight in Paris (2011)
  • Genius (2016)
  • Arrival (2016)

RESEARCH TOPICS

Explore the following below:

  • Chinua Achebe
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • William Shakespeare

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • How Might School Culture Influence Each Student’s Creative Potential And The Domains In Which They Apply Their Creative Capacity?
  • How Might The Culture At School Dictate The Type Of Creative Process That Is Adopted By Teachers And Students (All Learners)?
  • How Might We Explore What Value Systems We Use To Judge Creativity In Our Schools?
  • If You Were A Literacy Teacher, How Would You Build A Culture Of Creativity In Your Classroom?
  • Compare And Contrast The Relationship Between Culture And Creativity. Illustrate It With Some Concrete Examples From Various Cultures
  • How Can Poetry Stimulate Creativity?
  • How can creative thinking be taught or learned through literature?
  • Do you think that creativity involves putting your heart and soul into your work?

OTHER SUBJECT RESOURCES

Creativity: Beyond the Borders” is the theme of the year 2018-2019! Owlypia has five main subjects and Common Ground.

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