Middle-School Mythology Reading Club (Summer Course)
Term: Summer 2019, July 8–31
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–12
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
Section 1: M/W 10:00 a.m. ET with Mr. Lockridge
Students of ancient literature are confronted with an unfamiliar world populated by a dazzling variety of gods and goddesses, all of whom display both human and divine characteristics. Keeping track of the names, actions, and attributes of each of these characters can be challenging, but it is immensely useful to have such background knowledge when reading classics like Homer or Sophocles.
Even more perplexing for the modern student is the world in which these stories developed. Did ancient people really believe in such gods? How did these fictional characters come to have so firm a grip on their imaginations? What are myths, and why do cultures have them?
Edith Hamilton’s Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes offers an introduction to the main cast of characters from ancient classics, and it will invite students to consider the larger cultural and social context in which these stories emerged. The Mythology book club is ideal for those who have taken or are preparing to take Ancient History or Literature (Middle or Upper School).
Syllabus: Click here to view the course syllabus.
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
*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. 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.
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.
- Students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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