10th Grade Ancient Literature & Composition

Reading List:

The Bible,  Mythology:  The Age of Gods and Heroes ,  The Epic of Gilgamesh , The Iliad , The Odyssey, The Aeneid, The Three Theban Plays, Till We Have Faces ,  Memorial Press Student Study Guides for The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, and The Three Theban Plays,  The Lively Art of Writing, Vocabulary from Classical Roots, Book C   

Outside Homework:

4+ hours per week

This course includes the study of many classic works foundational to Western thought, ranging from selections from the Old Testament, to ancient Babylonian, Greek and Roman mythology and literature, epic poetry, plays, tragedy, and philosophy. Students will learn the historical context of the selections, and look at modern interpretations and art forms that have been influenced by these writings. A variety of challenging writing assignments will accompany and support the study of the literature. The Lively Art of Writing will be the primary composition text. Assignments will include essays, newspaper articles, scriptwriting, and a research paper. These structured, formal writing assignments will strengthen students’ ability to analyze and appreciate literature, while preparing them for the essay section of the SAT/ACT. The creative writing will allow students to become inspired by what they are reading, enriching their experience. In addition to learning contextual vocabulary, students will expand their understanding of English vocabulary through assignments in the Vocabulary from Classical Roots book.  Finally, the students will review grammar through assignments from a grammar resource available to class members.

Assigned summer reading and writing assignment will be submitted on the first day of class.  Plan on 8-10 homework hours for the summer assignment.