In tenth grade, students study literature from around the world. There are four twelve-week units (Russian literature; Asian literature; African and Middle Eastern literature; and Latin American literature). Each unit allows for close study of literary works, as well as consideration of historical and cultural context. The units focus not only on geographical regions, but also on themes and literary forms that pertain to them. Thus students come to grasp the relationship between local concerns and universal questions. Throughout the year, students take part in seminars, write essays, and deliver speeches. Having read literature from a variety of cultures, they are ready to embark on eleventh grade and the study of American literature.