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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Online Middle School History: The Greeks

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Class dates: Wednesdays, September 15 to November 17, 2010
Total classes: 10
Starting time: 9:30 am Eastern (8:30 am Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Fee: $150 for entire 10-week course. $20 Early Enrollment Discount before August 1, 2010.
Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th
Course description: The Greeks provide us with many of the known firsts of Western Civilization: mathematicians, astronomers, poets, philosophers, statesmen, and historians. This course provides a thematic history of the cultures of what is today Greece from earliest times up until the rise of Rome with particular focus on just such intellectual and artistic achievers among these fascinating peoples. The idea of enquiry will be the backbone concept of the course: the Greeks provide examples of how to begin to ask questions about things we all see and do every day that lead directly to many modern sciences and arts. A brief introduction to the Greek alphabet and language will be included.

Course outline: (Tentative)
Class 1: The Artisans and Builders
Class 2: The Poets & Dramatists
Class 3: The Historians
Class 4: The Wise Men & Law-Givers
Class 5: The Rhetoricians and Statesmen
Class 6: The Mathematicians
Class 7: The Physicians
Class 8: The Natural Scientists
Class 9: The Philosophers
Class 10: The Librarians

Homework: Readings, activities, maps, timelines, and study questions. A semester project involving the writing of a history based on primary sources will culminate the semester.
Course materials: Every effort will be made to limit materials to those freely available online.
Equipment requirements: Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.
Misc: The instructor will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.
Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.
Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services.

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