Greek: New Testament Readings
Term: Yearlong 2021–22, September 7–May 27
Target Grade Levels: 7th–12th
Schedule: 1x / week, 60 min.
Section 1: M 1:30 p.m. ET with Mallory Stripling
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In this course, students will work through the entirety of David Alan Black’s Learn to Read New Testament Greek, learning all the grammatical paradigms and concepts as well as about 75% of the vocabulary necessary to read the New Testament in Greek, with the aid of a lexicon. Students will also read prayers from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and other Orthodox prayers, learn to sing hymns from the liturgical year, study the Gospel and Epistle texts prescribed in the lectionary, and begin the study of one of the Gospels.
This course can be taken more than once, with repeat students using the textbook material for review, and spending more time on extra Scripture reading and translation.
The following is a description of how classes generally will be conducted.
During each class meeting, Mrs. Stripling will begin by leading the students in grading their own exercises from previous lessons. Students will be asked to give their answers, with Mrs. Stripling coaching them through the correction of errors. Students will also recite paradigms and be asked to define Greek vocabulary words in English. Mrs. Stripling will then teach from the next chapter in the text, introducing new vocabulary words and Greek grammar concepts and paradigms. Students will practice the new skills with direction from Mrs. Stripling.
During each class, students will practice reading prayers and singing hymns, receiving (encouraging) critiques of their Greek pronunciation. Recordings of native Greek- speakers singing hymns will often give color to the lessons, as well as icons with Greek inscriptions.
The fact that our class only meets once a week defines the scope of our work together. The purpose of our class meeting is to offer live instruction from a skilled teacher, who can explain the content of the course in a responsive way, giving students closer guidance than they would receive from a textbook, in a difficult subject many parents do not feel equipped to teach. The class meeting is also a time to coach students in their practice of skills they will need as they study Greek on the other four days of the week. Finally, Mrs. Stripling intends the course to be a community of learners, who gain strength and inspiration from each other, integrating their Orthodox faith and their study of Greek.
Mallory Stripling begins her sixth year of teaching Greek with St. Raphael School in September of 2020. She embarked on her teaching career as a founding faculty member in an Orthodox classical school, where she taught children of all ages across the curriculum. Mallory is a homeschool alumna and a 2010 graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she studied philosophy, history, literature, French, Greek, mathematics, science, and music. In Santa Fe, she also met and fell in love with the Orthodox Church (into which she was baptized in 2008) and her husband, Matthew (whom she married in 2011). Matthew and Mallory live with two kindergarteners and a baby in Annapolis, Maryland, where Mallory likes to read, make bread, drink coffee, make music and art with her family, and begin knitting projects. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
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.
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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