Perseus and Medusa, Pandora and her box, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Achilles and the fight for Helen…the gods, monsters, and intrepid heroes of Greek Mythology are the subjects of some of the oldest and best-known stories which have fascinated people through the ages and can be found referenced in great literature all the way up to our current culture, from the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare to the stories of Rick Riordan and Anne Ursu.
A study of Greek myths serves as an excellent springboard for future literature studies and provide an insight into the mindset and culture of the ancient Greek people and how they approached the foundational questions we have wrestled with through the ages, such as: Where did people come from? What makes a hero? Who made the world? What is the relationship of human to god? What happens when we die? The Ancient Greek answers to these and many other questions about human existence and the world we live in are available to the modern student of Greek Mythology.
In this course, we will read stories of the Ancient Greek gods and heroes adapted for a younger audience. We will compare some of these stories with original Ancient Greek texts and with other versions of the same tales and discuss what these stories reveal about the culture’s worldview, as well as the significance of the morals, lessons, and ideas they were intended to convey.
Students will experience parts of the Homeric epics as the Ancient Greeks did: the instructor will narrate the stories in an engaging, freestyle way to emphasize the ancient tradition of sharing stories orally rather than in written form. Students will write their own myth in this course and will complete additional research projects to complement the course reading and discussions, which are designed to enhance the students’ critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.
Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.
Instructor: Clare Sharp, B.A.
Age Level: 11 - 14 years
Minimum Enrollment Required: 6
Maximum Class Size: 14
Tuition per Semester: $270
Class Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 - 7:45 AM Pacific
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Clare Sharp, B.A.
Clare Sharp received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Wyoming Catholic College, a small Great Books-based college in the middle of the beautiful Wind River mountains. This education gave her not only a love for classical learning, but also a love for experiential learning – learning through experience and immersion in the beauty of nature. She taught for four years at Great Hearts Academies in San Antonio, Texas, teaching 2nd grade, kindergarten, and 6th grade both as an Assistant Teacher and as a Lead Teacher. When she is not teaching or learning, she loves spending time with her husband and baby daughter, wrestling with her dogs, playing piano and guitar, reading a good book, and baking yummy food.
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Tales of the Greek Heroes
Black Ships Before Troy
Note: Audio versions may also be used for each of these books.