Read more about It’s All Greek to Me! Using Authentic Readings to Improve Knowledge of the English Language and Western Culture

It’s All Greek to Me! Using Authentic Readings to Improve Knowledge of the English Language and Western Culture

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Charity Davenport, University of Tennessee

Copyright Year: 2019

Publisher: The University of Tennessee Libraries

Language: English

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Reviewed by Rallou Rice, Adjunct Faculty, North Hennepin Community College on 6/12/23

This book is divided into units with a theme for each one. Comprehension questions follow the readings, and critical thinking/discussions add to the content. read more

Reviewed by Patricia Patton, Teaching Instructor, West Virginia University on 4/13/22

The “Glossary” link has only one word and there is no index, however the contents are quite comprehensive. Each unit is based on themes, with 8 – 12 stories and articles for each theme. Each reading has factual comprehension questions; most have... read more

Reviewed by Melissa Stanton, English Professor, Hutchinson Community College on 1/5/22

I am impressed by the scope and creativity of this colorful text. The writer connects Greek myths with thought-provoking contemporary articles which are thematically related. (Spoiler alert: Human behavior hasn't changed much since Ancient... read more

Table of Contents

  • Unit 1: Why Study Greek Mythology?
  • Unit 2: Crime and Punishment
  • Unit 3: Adventure and The Hero's Journey
  • Unit 4: Hubris and Nemesis
  • Unit 5: Love and Metamorphosis

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  • About the Book

    “It’s All Greek to Me!” has everything—entertaining stories, academic articles in a variety of disciplines, vocabulary crossover in literary and academic readings, connections to local, American, and Western culture, and plenty of chances for critical thinking for advanced students of English as a Second Language (ESL). All readings are authentic with minimal adaptation from a variety of sources.

    This textbook also gives help for advanced level grammar and writing issues, using outside sources, and reading and vocabulary strategies.

    About the Contributors


    Charity Davenport has been teaching at the University of Tennessee's English Language Institute since 2008 and has experience teaching middle school students in Nashville and South Korea. She studied Latin and Hellenics in high school for 5 years and won many JCL awards. This love for Latin and Greek helped shape her love for English and other cultures as well.

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