Mega Greek Online: session 4

Clever Codes

Date: Monday 27th April, time: 11-11.45am

If you want to join the lesson, contact for the Zoom code.

Materials you’ll need

Session structure

Part 1 – introduction & hellos

Our mascot for this lesson is the Hephaistos, god of blacksmiths and craftsmen. You may know him better by his Roman name, Vulcan.

As usual, we’ll start our session by greeting each other with a big ‘khairete!’

Part 2 –  Warm up: Greek alphabet slam

Using your alphabet sheets (or not, if you’re super-ambitious!), type the corresponding English letter into the chat box. Then we’ll level up: can you write on a sheet of paper the Greek alphabet equivalent of the English letter you see?

Part 3 –  Quiz: Word Roots Challenge

Can you think of some English words that come from the Greek words you see on your screen?

Part 4 – Watch, learn, practice: Clever Codes

The Ancient Greeks had a really clever system to show who is doing the action of the verb. The ‘who’ is coded into the end of the word, a bit like Scratch coding, if you’ve ever done that at school or at home. We’re going to learn what those codes are and see if we can start to translate some Greek verbs.

Part 5 – Quiz: Spot the similarities

Modern art and architecture are still inspired by Greek inventions and style. Can you see the similarities between ancient and modern things? We’ll also go step-by-step through a lovely craft activity for you to do after the session has finished.

After-session activities & links

Make an acroterion:

Take a virtual walk around the Acropolis in Athens:

Session rules

  1. 🤐 Stay on mute! Everyone needs to be on mute, otherwise things could get very noisy! If you want to answer a question, type in the text box.
  2. 💻 Be patient! If the lesson’s Internet connection goes down, I will switch to another network. This may take a couple of minutes but the Zoom room will stay open.
  3. 📝Be prepared! Have all the materials you’ll need (listed above) ready.
  4. 🤓Have fun! Ancient Greece is awesome (but I may be slightly biased).

Note on video recording

I’ll be recording the session for training and monitoring purposes. Classics For All, who fund and sponsor this online course, has also had requests from a small number of partner schools to have access to the video to support their home learning programme. Consequently, the recording of the session will be distributed to a few selected CfA partner schools.