Day, Time: Fridays, 1:15-2:15
Location: room 3
Lynda Abbott, Ph.D. is a language arts teacher, a textbook writer, and professional editor. For 15 years, she has taught English, mythology, speech, and drama to students in grades 6 through 12 in public schools. She also worked for 10 years as a senior editor for the textbook publishers Holt, Rinehart and Winston, editing textbooks and writing materials for use by teachers of middle school and high school language arts classes. Her doctorate is in education, focusing on instructional design and best practices in education.
We’ll explore the mythologies and cultures that are best known. For fall, we’ll start with the myths of the ancient Egyptians and those of the Babylonians, then move on to an introduction to the ancient Greeks. We’ll end this season with a study of some of the famous Greek myths and then discuss Homer’s classic Greek work, The Iliad. [Winter session covers The Odyssey and more Greek myths plus the Romans; spring session covers medieval times, the Norsemen (Vikings), and the King Arthur legends.) NOTE: This course is intentionally flexible to accommodate students with varied ages, abilities, and needs. Although it is offered as a three-session series of courses, students can join the class for any or all three parts of this course. In addition, the coursework for the class is flexible enough to allow for individual differences in ages and abilities. Specifically, writing assignments will be offered for this class, but actual completion of these writing assignments is optional. Younger students or those intimidated by essay writing can just enjoy the cultural study without doing these writing assignments. Those completing the writing assignments will be given feedback intended to help them improve their writing skills.
Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:
Students should be interested in the subject matter. Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.
Homework for this course is optional. (See note under course description, above.) Homework will be assigned in the form of writing assignments, usually on a weekly handout. Completing these writing assignments is up to the student. If the student doesn’t wish to do the writing assignment, the questions listed on the assignment sheet can be used as discussion points for students to discuss what they learned in class with parents
Students outside of the age range listed on this class description will not be granted age variance admission.