5/6 CEC Classical Literature


I. Required Materials

  1. Texts:

The Golden Goblet, Eloise Jarvis McGraw

The Cat of Bubastes, G. A. Henty

The Children’s Homer, Padraic Colum

Aeneas, Emily Frankel

Detectives in Togas, Henry Winterfield

Horatius at the Bridge, Thomas Babington Macaulay (handout)

City of the Golden House, Madeleine Polland

The Ides of April, Mary Ray

The Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Speare

The Eagle of the Ninth, Rosemary Sutcliff

  1.  Other Materials:

1 medium-sized three-ring binder dedicated to this course

1 ream of loose-leaf, college-ruled paper

Pens, both blue/black and red, and pencils

II. Course Binders

All items should be dated and presented in chronological order within the appropriate section of the course binder.  Each student’s binder should have the categories enumerated below.  Please ask Ms Black after class if there is confusion over where to place any given item in your binder.  Remember that binders checked regularly throughout the semester, and collected and graded at the end of each quarter.  Ample warning will be given before the binder is collected, but an organized, methodical binder is an expectation throughout the semester, since it reflects the student’s organized, methodical approach to learning in general.

Organizing Your Binder

Label the front of the binder with the title of the class, the year, and the instructor’s name.  Each of the follow capital letters represents a labeled divider within the three-ring binder. All material should appear in chronological order within its designated section.

  1. Syllabus
  2. Warm-ups: A master list of quotations, poems, and any other class warm-ups
  3. Master List of Vocabulary and Spelling Words
  4. Lesson Notes
  5. Master List of Selections for Recitation
  6. In-Class Assignments: paragraphs, sentences, etc.
  7. Tests/Quizzes
  8. Homework

III. Course Requirements:

Attendance and Participation: All students are expected to attend class unless legitimately excused. If a student must miss a class, he or she has two school days to complete all work assigned on the day which the student missed in addition to all other class work. It is the student’s responsibility to ask what warm-up he has missed during his absence. Both perfect attendance and good preparation are critical to success in this course.  

Upon entering the classroom, all students are expected first to sit in their assigned seat, next to set out their completed homework on their desk, and finally to begin copying both their assignment and the daily warm-up from the board.  Ms. Black will begin classroom procedures at the appropriate time. There is no bell.

Binder Checks: There are at least four binder checks per semester, a total of eight in the course of the class.

Tests and Quizzes: Assessments are a regular part of this course. Tests will always be worth more than quizzes. While individual accommodations may be made, students should understand that the allotted time for a test or quiz is as much a part of the assessment as the content of the questions.

Grading Procedures: Grades will be calculated according to the following weights:

A. Homework (50%): Students will not receive credit for incomplete or sloppily executed assignments.

B. Assessments (25%): Tests and quizzes will happen when the teacher determines, but there will be at least three tests each semester. Students will have fair warning (at least a week) before a test. 

C. Participation (25%): Discussion and conversation are an integral part of this class.

IV. Expectation of Virtue:

Students are encouraged to study together and to discuss what they are learning. It is expected that students will give and receive help and advice from each other. However, this cooperation should never involve one student having possession of a copy of all or part of work done by someone else in any form. During quizzes and tests students are expected to conduct themselves honorably. Talking or discussion is not permitted during any assessment, nor any other collaboration. Any violation of these expectations will result in both academic and disciplinary consequences.

Tuesday, October 4th: Study for test on Thursday!  Review book and all vocabulary words.

Thursday, October 6th: Read The Children’s Homer, Part I, Chapters I-III.  Make a list of every character’s name and a brief description of who they are.

Tuesday, October 11: Read Part I, Chapters IV-VII. Be prepared for a quiz or a summary!

Thursday, October 13: Read Part I, Ch. VIII-XI.  Beginning of the Trojan War story due on Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 18: Read Ch. XII-XIV.  Be prepared to summarize what you have read!

Thursday, October 20: Read Ch. XV-XIX. Remember to continue your character list!

Tuesday, October 25: Read Ch. XX-XXIII.  Debate next class: who is the more honorable hero, Achilles or Hector?

Thursday, October 27: Read Part II, I-III.  Trojan Horse story due on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 1: Read Ch. IV-V.  Begin a list of all the places Odysseus visits on his journey. Be prepared to summarize what you have read!

Thursday, November 3: Read Ch. VI-VIII. Continue the list of places.

Tuesday, November 8: Read Ch. IX-XI. Map due next class!

Thursday, November 10: Finish the book!  Test on Thursday.

Tuesday, November 15: Review for test on Thursday!  Know characters, storyline, Odysseus’ travels, and be prepared to write on what we have discussed in class.

Thursday, November 17: Test! No homework. Bring Aeneas next class.

Tuesday, November 22: Read Prologue and Chapter I of Aeneas, making a thorough character list as you read.

Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 29: Read Ch. II and write a summary.  Continue character list.

Thursday, December 1: Read Chapter III, making a list of all the places Aeneas goes. Then read Chapter IV as well.

Tuesday, December 6: read Chapters V & VI.  Outline Chapter VI.

Thursday, December 8: read Chapters VII & VIII.

Tuesday, December 13: read Chapters IX & X.

Thursday, December 15: read Chapter XI, XII, and Epilogue. Study all notes, outlines, and character lists for the test on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 20: Test!