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, “Leadership: Inspire the Change”, 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.

BOOK

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)

FILMS

  • Whale Rider (2002)
  • Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

VIDEOS

  • Follow the Leader by Suli Breaks
  • The Power of Reading Books – Inside the Mind of Successful People 
  • Mark Twain: Father of American Literature – Fast Facts 
  • The Leadership Game – Creating Cultures of Leadership by Drew Dudley
  • The Inmate, the Student, and Tolstoy by Andrew Kaufman
  • Culture and Leadership by Joseph Trimble
  • Leonardo and the Artists: Leadership Lessons by Sandra Comas

ARTICLES & BLOGS

  • Quotes and Leadership Lessons From Aladdin by Joseph Lalonde
  • 12 Fictional Characters that Leaders can Learn From by Shane Schutte
  • Are Athletes Good Role Models? by Frank L. Smoll
  • Leadership: Getting the Truth by Wally Block
  • Quotes and Leadership Lessons From the Live Action Lion King by Joseph Lalonde
  • Culture and Leadership: They’re Simply Two Sides of the Same Coin by Tim Kuppler
  • The True Meaning of Leadership – Taught by Our Children by Rasmus Hougaard

RESEARCH TOPICS

Explore the following people:

  • J. K. Rowling
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Rumi

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

Leadership: Inspire the Change” is the theme of the year 2019-2020! Owlypia has five main subjects and Common Ground.

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