Greek 1 in the Great Hall
Greek 1 offers a clear, sophisticated, and imaginative introduction to the Greek language for Upper school students. Students will not only cover the fundamentals of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, but will study elements of the history and culture of the ancient Greek world. They begin studying and translating simple, fun stories from Greek as well as reading excepts from original Classical and Biblical Greek authors. The aim of Greek 1 is to cultivate delight in the language, which is the key to our literary and philosophical heritage, and enable students to read the authors of the New Testament in the language in which it was first written!
The primary text the students use will be the uniquely designed, Athenaze Book 1, the first of two books in the Athenaze series (For a closer look at the text used in this course, please follow this link Athenaze Book 1).
Note: Instructors use a Classical pronunciation, but students with Modern, Koine, or Orthodox pronunciations are welcome.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
This course is designed as an introductory Greek course; no prior Greek instruction is required. However, the course is also recommended for students who have completed some introductory Latin or studied Latin and Greek roots. Students should be able to study independently and be ready to memorize grammar and vocabulary (around 10-15 words per week) besides completing homework assignments.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
Edward Kotynski, Chair of Latin Department, grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia, where his parents were Bible translators. He attributes his love of languages partly to his parents’ work and his childhood experience. He received his BA in ancient languages from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2004, and his MA in classical languages from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2007. Mr. Kotynski has been teaching Latin and Greek for the last fifteen years, mostly at classical Christian schools. He loves sharing his passion for the ancient languages with his students, weaving in historical context and modern connections. He has edited two volumes of Latin Alive! for Classical Academic Press and has also been working on their Greek for Children series with Erin Valdez. He is very excited to be continuing with Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski drinks coffee, loves reading, helps homeschool his kids, and plays board games. He lives with his wife, six children, and two cats, enjoying the craziness of life together. email@example.com
Required Materials: *
- Athenaze: Book I (Revised Third Edition; ISBN 978-0-19-060766-1)**
- A notebook for taking notes
- Physical flashcards are optional, but may be helpful.
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
** The instructors will be adapting and augmenting the curriculum as they see best for the learning objectives of the course.
For each skill instructors have determined whether it is a prerequisite skill or a skill to be developed throughout the course. For lower school, instructors indicate where parent support is expected.
- With Parent Support: Skills that most lower school students will need help with.
- Developing: Skills that the instructor will help develop and emphasize throughout the year.
- Mastered: Prerequisite skills that the instructor is expecting students to possess.
STUDENT SKILLS NEEDED:
- Ability to read and follow instructions.
- Ability to respectfully engage with teacher and fellow-students.
- Ability to read, write, and type.
- Ability to write a respectful message to the instructor (for formatting, see below)
- Understanding of basic English Grammar (parts of speech, parts of a sentence)
- Familiarity with Canvas and ability to submit assignments on time, read feedback, and respond to feedback (This should be mastered more-or-less within two weeks of classes. For more, see below.)
- Video on at all times and sound in working order.
- Dressed appropriately.
- Sitting in an upright position.
- Focused on class and not on other activities; willing and able to answer and ask questions.
- Have your homework done well and on time.
MORE IN-DEPTH DETAILS:
CANVAS SKILLS TO BE MASTERED
- Be able to set notifications settings to alert the student of class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be responsible for reviewing teacher feedback, suggestions and comments about student work and employing that feedback as necessary.
- Be able to manage Canvas assignments and submissions (view assignments, check for teacher messages, submit homework as pdf file, submit revisions if necessary, set Canvas notifications for the class, view class notifications when posted, etc.).
- Be able to review notifications ongoing throughout the year; notifications which include: class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be able to respectfully, wisely and formally engage with instructor through private Canvas messaging.
- Be able to respectfully and wisely engage with other students and the instructor on Canvas discussion boards.
EXECUTIVE SKILLS EXPECTED
- Be able to hand-write answers in complete sentences.
- Be able to write sentences with basic sentence syntax (i.e. capitalization of first word in a sentence, punctuation at the end of each sentence, space between sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, each sentence having a subject and predicate, etc.).
- Be able to spell at grade level and employ course vocabulary cumulatively throughout the course.
- Be able to read material independently and identify questions which require clarification or further explanation from the instructor.
- Be able to type short answers in complete sentences.
- Follow class discussions and seminar conversations to record notes without the instructor identifying specifics.
- Be prepared to generate thoughtful questions to enhance the class discussion, to identify areas needing clarification, and to make valuable connections with other course content.
- Be prepared to thoughtfully answer questions when called on in a group setting, during class.
- Be prepared to volunteer thoughtful comments, answers, and ideas in a group setting, during class.
- Follow along with instructor-led note-taking and record notes during class.
- Follow along with instructor-led workbook completion and record answers during class.
- Understand the difference between assignments given by an instructor and the necessary and independently initiated need for private study of material.
- Be able to schedule and manage multiple projects from multiple instructors and courses.
- Be able to schedule time outside of class to complete independent review of materials.
- Be able to determine the best places and ways to study at home (i.e. quiet, undistracted, utilizing various methods of review (auditory, written, visual, practice tests, flashcards, etc.).
- Be responsible to study at home for quizzes, tests and other assessments.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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