Office hours: 1A and 4B, as well as everyday from 2:20 to 2:45 in the English office, room 112, or the library.
Welcome to Greek Mythology, a one semester English elective for upperclassmen. With a bit of help from you, this will be an interesting and fun semester.
Main Text Edith Hamilton’s Mythology Please bring this text to class each day, unless otherwise instructed.
Materials I. a notebook in which to take notes II. a double-pocket folder (for handouts) III. a blue or black ink pen
Absences: If you miss more than five classes (for the semester), you must make up the time. If you are absent, make sure that you get the work from a friend in the class or see me the next day. If you are out, I EXPECT you to come in to the next class prepared and ready to work. Sometimes there are things that cannot be learned if you are not in class. If that is the case, stay after school for extra help.
See Me As I have stated before questions are a requirement. Please come to see me for extra help. I will be available in the English office blocks 4A, 1B and 4B, as well as everyday from 2:20 to 2:45.
Plagiarism As an educator, I welcome academic honesty and tenacity in a student's work. On the other hand, I abhor academic dishonesty (copying homework, cheating, plagiarism, using films and Cliff's Notes while failing to read the original works). This type of behavior has no place in high school, and it will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is the direct copying of a source. If a student chooses to plagiarize at any time during this course disciplinary action will be taken, and the assignment will be given a zero. I am eager to accommodate my students in their academic progress. I expect determination and diligence from my students, and I am looking forward to an enlightening year of shared intellectual discourse and exploration.
Late points will be deducted for each day an assignment is late. The English department policy is ten points (10%) per day late. No exceptions.
Our primary study will be through classical mythology – specifically Greek Mythology. With the aid of our text, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, we will study the following units:
Mythology – What is it? Theories and Sources
Introduction to Classical Mythology
The Greek Alphabet
The 12 Olympians
The Greek Origin of the World
Creation Myths – Compare/Contrast
Motifs in Common
The Second String – The Lesser Gods
Man’s Two Best Friends: Dionysus & Demeter
The Greek Underworld
Defining a Hero – How to Identify a Hero
The Four Heroes before the War: Jason
Perseus Theseus Hercules
Homer’s Epic of Troy: The Iliad
Odysseus’ Roundabout Way Home: The Odyssey
Greek Drama: Medea, by Euripides
Lysistrata, by Aristophanes
Greek Philosophy: Socrates – Plato – Aristotle
Plato’s Republic: The Apology
Crito The Allegory of the Cave
The Doomed House of Atreus
Oracles Speak for the Gods – Oedipus and his fate
Words and Expressions from Mythology
Mythological Allusions in Literature and Life
Mythological Influences in Art & Music
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