Thursday, May 12, 2016

Assignment for Saturday, 05-14-16

Dear Elementary Hellenists (the last time I'll probably call you this):

By 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, May14, please do the following:

(1) Complete Section E (Reading aloud) of our third exam. Call my campus voicemail with your perfected reading of the midterm passage. Before you left the exam, I handed you a sheet with full instructions and a copy of the passage to mark up.

(2) Complete a peer review form for each member of your team (not including yourself). Instructions and a link to the electronic peer review form are available on our course website.

NOTE: If you fail to submit any or all reviews, you will forfeit the chance to earn peer review points this time around.

NOTE: Peer reviews are anonymous. You will receive copies of the review forms that you have sent to me. I, in turn, will anonymize all of the data and send an individual report to each team.

Please let me know if you have questions.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Vocabulary for the Third Exam

Dear Hellenists,

To help you prepare for our third exam, I've added some special sets to Quizlet. Please use them as you see fit:

Exam on Tuesday, 05-10-16

Dear Hellenists,

Our third midterm exam, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, 1:30–4:30 p.m., will have the following format.

(1) Vocabulary:
I'll give you English nouns, adjectives, pronouns, or verbs, you give me their Greek vocabulary entries as they appear on Quizlet (full forms, no abbreviations). The focus will be on the vocabulary for Groton Lessons 17–25.
NOTE: See my next post on the specialized Quizlet vocabulary lists to help you prepare.
(2) Declining articles-participles-nouns:
I'll give you English article-participle-noun trios in the singular or plural, you give me the Greek forms in the four major cases. The articles and participles must modify the nouns in case, number, and gender.
NOTE: To help streamline your preparation, all participles will be derived from the verb παιδεύω.
(3) Verb clusters:
I'll give you an English verb and a specific person/number. You give me all of the indicative forms in that person/number in the present, imperfect, future, aorist, perfect, and pluperfect tenses, active, middle, and (where appropriate) passive
(4) Passage to translate:
A short passage of connected Greek prose, using vocabulary and grammar through chapter 25. Read it carefully and write out your translation.
(5) Reading out loud (take-home portion, due Saturday, May 14, 11:00 p.m.):
Practice reading the midterm passage out loud: use Groton's textbook to help you determine vowel/consonant sounds and place accents. When you have perfected your reading, call my campus voice mail and read me the Greek over the phone. 
NOTE: Please prepare for and complete this portion of the exam on your own. I'll supply a copy of the passage for you to practice on and mark up. (No, you do not have to memorize the passage. Yes, you can read from the copy.)
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For this exam, you'll be responsible for all concepts and vocabulary through ΑΩ Lesson 25.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Assignment for Tuesday, 05-03-16

Dear Hellenists,

Our final assignment, Tuesday morning, April 26, has both a mandatory and an extra-credit component. Please observe the distinction.


(1) Reading: Groton, Lesson 25, on the following forms and concepts. Note any questions along the way:
  • Formation of middle/passive participles (#154–8, pp. 163–5)
  • Supplementary participles (#159, p. 166);
  • Summary of prepositions and their cases (#160, p. 166); and
  • Vocabulary for Lesson 25 (#161, p. 167)

OPTIONAL EXTRA CREDIT (up to a whopping 50 extra credit points, 10 points per sentence):

(2) Due by 8:00 a.m.:
  • English-to-Greek sentences (all)  (#162, p. 168).

Assignment for Monday, 05-02-16

Dear Hellenists,

Let's cross the finish line into May. By Monday morning, May 2, please do the following:

(1) Reading: Groton, Lesson 24 on the following forms and concepts. Note any questions along the way:
  • Aspect of participles (#150, pp. 157–8);
  • Uses of participles: attributive, circumstantial, and with particles (#151, pp. 158–9); and
  • Vocabulary for Lesson 24 (#52, p. 159).
(2) Homework (due by 8:00 a.m.):
  • Decline in Greek the following article-participle-noun trios. Decline them in all four major cases and in both the singular and the plural (96 forms in all).
— the summoning hope (present active participle)
— the about-to-discover messenger (future active participle)
— the persuading/having-persuaded guardian spirit (aorist active participle)
— the having-remained meal (perfect active participle)

Assignment for Thursday, 04-28-16

Dear Elementary Hellenists,

By Thursday morning, April 28, please do the following:

(1) Reading: Groton, Lesson 24, on the following forms and concepts. Note any questions along the way:
  • Formation of active participles in various tenses (#146–7, pp. 154–6);
  • The present participle of εἰμί (#148, p. 156); and
  • Participles of contract verbs (#149, p. 157).
(2) Homework (due by 8:00 a.m.):
  • Test out your participles! Read and translate "Dinner Goes to the Dogs" (#154, p. 161).

Assignment for Tuesday, 04-26-16

Dear Elementary Hellenists,

By Tuesday morning, April 26, please do the following:

(1) Reading: Groton, Lesson 23, on the following forms and concepts. Note any questions along the way:
  • Expressions of time with genitive, dative, and accusative (#142, p. 148); and
  • Vocabulary for Lesson 23 (#143, pp. 148–9).  
(2) Reading: Groton, Lesson 24, on participles in general (#145, pp. 153–4).

(3) Homework (due by 8:00 a.m.):
  • Read and translate "Bat, Bush, & Bird" (back in Lesson 23) (#144, p. 151).