Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: 6+
Schedule: 1x / week, 55 min.
Section 1: Tue. 2:15 p.m. ET with Mallory Stripling
In this course students will work through Year 2 of the Elementary Greek course published by Memoria Press. In their study of the Greek language, students will:
- Fluently pronounce the Greek alphabet (Modern pronunciation)
- Expand understanding of English grammar through the study of Greek grammar
- Practice parsing, classifying, and diagramming Greek and English sentences
- Memorize paradigms of Greek nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, and pronouns
- Develop Ancient/biblical Greek vocabulary (foundational to the English vocabulary of many academic disciplines, such as medicine, mathematics, theology, etc.)
Mrs. Stripling also guides students in a study of Orthodox hymnography and Scripture. Students will:
- Learn to sing Apolitykia of 12 Great Feasts in both Greek and English (Byzantine chant)
- Inscribe in the heart common prayers and hymns of the liturgy
- Read Scriptures in Greek (Septuagint and New Testament)
- Analyze hymns and Scripture for a deeper understanding of their meaning
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
Every student is expected to memorize paradigms, vocabulary, verses, prayers, and songs, and students are asked to recite or sing them in class. Every student will be called on to participate in each class.
Weekly tests are administered at home and reviewed as a group with Mrs. Stripling. Students are encouraged to get out their red pencil during this time and make corrections on their own work.
Grading and Feedback
Mrs. Stripling will grade online submissions of tests and give a recommendation for the course grade each semester, with comments. Throughout the year Mrs. Stripling responds to student and parent questions via email, or even phone and video conversations if needed.
- Elementary Greek Year 2 student textbook, test book, workbook, and teacher key from Memoria Press
- Apolytikia of the Great Feasts by the Unfading Rose Children’s Choir, which contains most of the hymns studied in this class. (Instructor will provide any other recordings.)
- 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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