We use The Founding of Christendom by Warren Carroll as the primary text for this course. In addition the student reads works of literature and primary historical sources that are correlated to the time period being studied in history such as Antigone by Sophocles, Parallel Lives by Plutarch, The Histories by Herodotus, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, The Rise of the Roman Empire by Polybius, and Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. We also provide the student with a variety of supplemental historical fiction that can be used to complement the study of history through literature. We also include essay and paper topics to give the student practice with writing in variety of styles. The Ancient History & Geography & Literature Syllabus has a day-by-day breakdown of this course along with paper topics, detailed literature, art, and music lists, and a variety of teaching resources including Tenth Grade Subject Rubrics, Learning Objectives, and grading charts. This is a 1 year, 2 credit course.
Current Edition: © 2011.
Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.
Make a timeline, if you have not previously done so. (There is a description of such a timeline in the back of this syllabus. Fill in all major dates listed in the seventh grade resource section of Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum. This will provide you with a framework for your study of ancient history and help you see the chronological relationships among various events.
Begin to make a map of the Mediterranean area, and extend the map to include the Holy Land. This map may be traced or it may be drawn freehand. The map of the Persian Empire on pages 18 and 19 of the Atlas of Classical History will work well for your purposes. Label the important countries.
|3||Finish your map of the Mediterranean area and the Holy Land. Make sure that you have labeled the important countries. Keep this map for future reference and additions.|
Read pp. 148-159 of The Founding of Christendom, Chapter 7. ‘The Quest and the Chosen’. Put all dates mentioned in the text on your timeline, and locate all place names on your map.