Beginning Classical Greek I

U of M Catalog Description

Introduction to grammar/vocabulary of classical Greek as written in Athens in 5th/4th centuries BCE. Forms/simple constructions. Some reading of simple, heavily adapted passages from ancient texts.

Class size limit: 22

Sample Syllabus

Student Qualifications

Students enrolling in GRK 1001 must be juniors or seniors in high school and have instructor approval to participate. They should also have successfully completed at least three years of high school Latin. Ninth and tenth graders may apply to enroll in GRK 1001 if they meet prerequisites.

Instructor Qualifications

Instructors apply and are selected by faculty in accordance with the U of M policy governing Academic Appointments with Teaching Functions. Once approved, an instructor is appointed as a Teaching Specialist 9754 (University Job Title and Code) in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. Instructor qualifications are determined by the sponsoring University department.

View the Instructor Applicant Handbook for course-specific qualifications and application steps. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all materials specified or mandated by the University of Minnesota? If not, what are some of the choices? 
Teachers must use the same textbooks as are used at the University of Minnesota for Greek 1001−1002. They are free to incorporate supplemental materials in consultation with the faculty coordinator.

Do teachers have a choice in assignments? Are there required assignments? 
Teachers have flexibility in assignments.

Who creates the exams?
Mid-semester (or mid-year) exams and final exams are the same as those used on campus. Teachers create all other tests.

Is there a training and mentoring system for Greek teachers new to CIS?
Yes. Experienced instructors help new teachers get accustomed to the system. Teachers frequently email one another with questions and share materials with the whole group. Teachers also benefit from two New Teacher workshops that focus on course content and University processes, as well as an orientation to College in the Schools that will familiarize them with the support available through CIS and prepare them for administrative tasks such as registering students and posting grades.

High school class schedules vary: can a teacher in the block system teach U of M Greek?
All courses offered through CIS have the same minimum number of contact hours as the on-campus sections. Generally, teachers have been able to adapt the University schedule for Greek to fit the schedules at their high schools. To make sure that the block schedule at your school will work for the University Greek course please contact one of the faculty co-coordinators (contact information above).

What happens at typical teacher workshops?
Typical activities at CIS workshops include meeting University faculty and hearing about their recent research in the discipline; reviewing and/or developing student assessment tools; sharing instructional materials; discussing particular content, pedagogy, or assessment of the University course; receiving updates on CIS program policies and practices.

What happens at typical student field days?
Student field days provide an opportunity for CIS students to meet their peers, practice skills they have learned in class, and explore the Twin Cities campus. Greek students are introduced to the broad range of Greco-Roman civilization present in the Twin Cities. Past field days have included visits to the ancient coin collection in the Weisman Art Museum and the collection of Latin manuscript leaves and facsimiles in the Andersen Library, as well as taster language classes in Greek, Coptic, and Hebrew and visits to university classes.

High Schools Offering This Course

Nova Classical Academy
Parnassus Preparatory School