Upper-School Ancient Greek and Roman Great Books and History
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 11–12, 10th graders welcome (see course description and placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
Credits earned: 2
Section 1: M/W/F 11:00 a.m. ET with Mr. Lockridge
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- students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
- students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
This course introduces high school students to the classics—the best, most beautiful, and most influential books of Western Civilization. Students read and discuss the classic texts from three dynamic eras in early human history: Classical-Era Athens, the Roman Republic/Empire, and early Christian writers. While studying these classics, students and the teacher will also explore the ideas, events, and the cast of characters that molded the social, political, religious, scientific, economic, and technological history of Athens, Rome, and early Christians.
This course features deep engagement with select great books in the genres of history and literature, noting the integration of these two genres. Our goal is for students to come to know these texts intimately, growing to love them and therefore becoming inspired to read more such texts over a lifetime. Students also do occasional reading in secondary survey texts to gain a clear contextual understanding of each historical period. The course is a blend of “surveying the landscape” (considering the whole) and deep dives into great books from each period (studying the part).
Students are asked to consider and engage carefully crafted questions as their window into “the Great Conversation.” Occasionally, the teacher presents historical context through brief lectures. All other classes are seminar-style discussions over the classical texts. Students are assessed for their curiosity, participation, and diligence during discussions. Occasionally, student will be asked to compose response paragraphs or short essays.
Placement: This course is suitable for rising 10–12 graders but is targeted at students in upper high school. Middle school students should consider the enrolling in the middle school version of this course, taught by the same instructor. Students are expected to have strong reading skills as well as an interest and a capacity for discussing literature and history. Compositions will be assessed according to the grade-level of the student.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of two (2) high school credits: one credit in literature (or English) and one credit in history.
How much time will students spend on homework?
This varies by student according to his or her pace. However, students are generally assigned 5–7 hours of reading each week, keeping in mind that this is a two-credit history and literature course.
How is faith integrated with these courses?
These seminar-style discussions unfold organically. One could approach the texts with a focus on defensive critiques of classical authors. By contrast, we seek to read charitably. We treat classic authors as if they were friends—gleaning every available truth while also examining them from a robustly Christian perspective.
At Scholé Academy, we have carefully considered how we should engage our contemporary culture as those who believe that Christ is the Truth (John 14:6), and that all truth has its source in him. We think it is important to provide our upper school students (in grades 7-12) with tools and opportunities for critically examining various cultural trends, issues and mores through the lens of orthodox, Christian beliefs. Being confident in the truth revealed to us in creation, the Scriptures, and the tradition of the church, we are not afraid to follow the truth and its implications nor to address error and falsehood. … Read more about our Faith & Culture.
Students enrolled in this course should purchase the following required texts:*
- The Essential Homer, trans. Stanley Lombardo (978-0872205406)
- The Portable Greek Historians (978-0140150650)
- Plato, The Republic (978-0465094080)
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (978-0872204645)
- Greek Tragedies I (978-0226035284)
- Plutarch, Fall of the Roman Republic (978-0140449341)
- Virgil, The Aeneid, trans. Stanley Lombardo (978-0872207318)
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (978-0812968255)
- Early Christian Writings (978-0140444759)
- The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece (978-0140513356)
- The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome (978-0140513295)
Various excerpts and shorter readings will be provided to students by the instructor. These readings include Hesiod’s Works and Days, Enuma Elish, various speeches (Socrates, Demosthenes, Cicero), and Athanasius’ On the Incarnation.
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Adam Lockridge, mentor teacher, is an experienced classical educator who was raised in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. It was there that he met his wife, Rachel, who continues to be his greatest blessing and encouragement. They met in high school and were married as students at the University of Kansas, where Adam studied philosophy and Rachel studied art education. In addition to studying together at KU, Rachel and Adam spent their second year of marriage as Fellows at the Trinity Forum Academy in Maryland. He later taught upper-school humanities at a classical school in Tennessee for seven years. At KU, Adam was first exposed to many of the writers who would later inspire his teaching—especially Plato and the other Greek philosophers. He went on to complete his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Memphis. email@example.com
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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