This course is designed for students who begin The Great Conversation courses in ninth or tenth grade and can benefit from a survey of ancient works before moving on to the upper levels of The Great Conversation. Drawing on works covered in levels 1 and 4, TGC 1+4 examines key works of the ancient world in order to interact with some of the brilliant minds of the ancient world. Class discussions and writing assignments provide opportunities for students to increasingly shape their rhetorical skills as they more eloquently critique the Graeco-Roman worldview through the unchanging truths of Scripture.

Topics include: a survey of ancient works, the Graeco-Roman worldview, regular class discussions and writing assignments on the readings and their significance in historical and biblical context; and the art of dialogue from a biblical perspective.

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in 9th grade or higher with no prior exposure to The Great Conversation series.

Homework Habits: Students typically spend 3-5 hours a week on reading assignments, though this depends on the student’s reading speed. Weekly assignments also include writing a discussion board post and two papers per semester.

Suggested Grade Level: 9–10

2024-2025 TGC 1 + 4 Book List