Students will begin their travels in Africa and learn about historical fiction and cultural characters from Chinua Achebe. Then poetry from Africa has much to teach about sound in poetry. Hop on a plane for the Land of the Rising Sun to learn about point of view and cultural values from Kazuo Ishiguro. In addition to this Japanese novel, students will study poetry from Japan to learn about themes. Students next travel to the Middle East to read Naguib Mahfouz and learn about symbolism and worldviews. Middle Eastern poetry teaches about imagery. Finally, students get to select an autobiography to learn more about writing their own autobiography. They wrap up their tour with more poetry that teaches about tone.