Course Outline

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course allows students to explore the beliefs and achievements of the classical world, which have shaped Western thought and civilization. Students will investigate such aspects of classical culture as its mythology, art, literature, and philosophy, as well as elements of ancient Greek and Latin, through a variety of activities such as dramatizations, presentations and discussions. By reading classical authors in English and examining archaeological evidence, students will enhance both their communication skills and their ability to think critically and creatively.

Course Materials

Textbook: Two booklets: Greece & Rome supplied by the school at a cost of $30

Robin Lane Fox. The Classical World. Penguin, 2006.

Binder, writing utensils, paper, camera.

Class website:

Open and enquiring mind.

Overall Curriculum Expectations

By the end of this course, students, in the strands of knowledge indicated below, will:


  • demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and functions of myths;
  • explain the impact of mythology on the arts (e.g., literature, music, sculpture, painting) and the sciences (e.g., psychology, astronomy);
  • apply their knowledge of Latin and/or ancient Greek in the study of mythology (e.g., in examining the names of gods and heroes, and place names such as Hades, Tartarus, Elysium);

 Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

  • identify a variety of styles and features in art and architecture, and define the terms used to describe and study them;
  • apply knowledge gained through the study of archaeological findings in their exploration of daily life and culture in classical times;


  • demonstrate knowledge of a variety of genres and themes in classical literature, as well as an understanding of Latin and ancient Greek terms used in literature;
  • identify the similarities between the themes and genres of classical literature and those that appear in the literature of later cultures;
  • identify some of the ways in which classical literature has influenced the literature (e.g., plays, poetry, novels) and other art forms (e.g., sculpture, painting) of later cultures;

History and Geography

  • apply knowledge of history and geography to the materials studied in class;
  • demonstrate an understanding of classical history and geography;
  • demonstrate an awareness of cultures that were contemporary with those of ancient Greece and Rome;
  • apply knowledge of classical political and social institutions to an understanding of other societies;

Philosophy and Religion

  • demonstrate an understanding of various philosophies and religions found in ancient Greece and Rome;
  • explain ancient Greek and Latin philosophical and religious terms;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the influence of the philosophies and religions of ancient Greece and Rome on classical and other societies.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS: Students will always be given reasonable timelines to submit work on or before the due date. For late assignments, the teacher will make various reasonable and meaningful attempts to remind, counsel and help the student complete work past the original due date. Note: if an assignment is handed in after it has been taken up/handed back, the student must consult with the teacher before handing it in.

MISSED TESTS/SUMMATIVES: It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements, ahead of time, for any summative evaluations that are missed. If a student misses an evaluation for an unforeseen reason such as illness or family emergency, the student must bring a note signed by a parent or guardian and be prepared to write/make-up the evaluation immediately upon return to school.

MISSED EXAMS: Students are required to write all scheduled examinations. A student who misses any examination due to illness must present a medical note, stating that the doctor was aware that a medical reason prevented the student from writing the exam.

PLAGIARISM: A student caught cheating will receive a mark of zero on the evaluation and risk suspension from school. Further action may be taken as a result of subject department policy and school behaviour code. Teachers will clearly define and discuss consequences of plagiarism with students at the beginning of each semester.


Assessment for learning (Diagnostic): Occurs before instruction begins to determine student readiness and to obtain information about student interests and student preferences.

 Assessment as learning (Formative): Occurs frequently and in an ongoing manner during instruction, to enable students to monitor their own progress towards achieving their learning goals (self – assessment).

 Assessment of learning  (Summative):  Occurs at or near the end of a period of learning, this summary is used to make judgements about the quality of student learning using established criteria, to assign a value to represent that quality and to communicate information about achievement to students and parents.

LEARNING SKILLS: Evaluated on Report Card as E (Excellent); G (Good); S (Satisfactory); N (Needs Improvement)

1)     Responsibility             2) Organization            3) Independent Work            4) Collaboration            5) Initiative            6) Self-Regulation

TERM WORK: ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES (to be reduced from 100 to worth 70% of overall mark)

1)     Knowledge and Understanding       2) Thinking/Inquiry          3) Communication        4)Application

Course Mark Breakdown:

Term Work:                                             70%                                                Final Evaluation:                        30%                                    

Category Weight 

Knowledge & Understanding 25%

Thinking 25%

Communication 25%

Application 25%

Task Weight

Term work 70%

Culminating Assignment 10%

Final Exam 20%


Term Work (70%)

Approximately 10 tasks to be completed both in class and at home throughout the course

Assignments may include:

–        Unit test

–        Oral presentation (seminar, debate, dramatizations)

–        Mapping

–        Research and analysis tasks

–        Creative writing exercises

Course Culminating Activities (30%)

Culminating Assignment – 10%

Final Exam – 20%


Term Work 70% + Final Summative Evaluation 30%                                                                             


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