Greek Grammar Primer
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: 4–5
Schedule: 1x / week, 45 min.
Section 1: Tue. 1:15 p.m. ET with Mallory Stripling
This course is a gentle introduction to Greek grammar, in which students in grades 4–5 will complete about half of the text used in the Greek 1 course, taking about two weeks to work through each chapter. The extra time will be used for extended practice of new skills and for hymn study. Students will then enter Greek 1 having worked through some of the difficult “speed bumps” that beginning Greek study presents to young English speakers.
Syllabus: View the course syllabus here.
Note: Mrs. Stripling uses Modern Greek pronunciation, with a view to helping students understand the Greek that they would hear in Greek Orthodox church services.
- Elementary Greek Year 1 student textbook, test book, workbook, and teacher key from Memoria Press
(Note: Do not purchase the audio CD, which uses a different pronunciation, or flashcards, which we will make on our own.)
- Blank flashcards
- Binder for collecting handouts
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Mallory Stripling is a second-generation homeschooler who discovered both Orthodoxy and Ancient Greek at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After four years of studying and discussing great works from the ancient Greeks to the moderns, she turned to teaching Orthodox students in the same liberal arts tradition, informed and inspired by the life of the church. For St. Raphael School, she has focused on creating a biblical Greek program that combines the riches of Orthodox hymnography with the discipline of deductive language study, allowing students to integrate their pursuit of Greek with the prayer life of their families. For Orthodox Christians of any heritage, there’s no need for biblical Greek to be a “dead” language!
Mallory teaches from a farm in Maryland, where she and her husband, Matthew, are “prehomeschooling” their two little ones. When she’s not teaching or studying Greek, she measures out her life in drinking coffee, baking bread, folding laundry, knitting, singing with her family, watching the seasons change, painting and drawing icons, and reading. Mallory and her family attend Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Linthicum, Maryland.
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.
- 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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