By examining great works of literature from around the world, students develop the skills to analyze and respond to various forms of literature, including essay, poetry, short story, and drama. The course begins by exploring some highly influential ancient pieces, and works its way forward to present-day literature. Throughout this process, students see that although language and customs change, human beings today have many of the same experiences, ideas, and feelings that they had thousands of years ago. With that knowledge, students can relate to and learn from ancient and modern authors, and can then share what they learn with those around them. Students have the opportunity to practice different skills, including reading and analysis, speaking and listening, grammar, writing, and vocabulary development. Students also learn how to use various tools for review and to reinforce understanding.