Middle and High School Additional Course Descriptions

 

M.S. History

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The Mystery of History Vol. IV spans three pressure-filled centuries from 1708 to 2014. This volume not only covers the many war-filled years of mankind’s struggle for freedom and independence, but also touches on the great artists, inventors, and missionaries that filled this time frame as well. It ends with a hope filled look into the profound picture of a new heaven and a new Earth as revealed in the book of Revelations. This course will also include geography work.

Prerequisites:

  • 7th grade reading level

  • Come prepared to learn and have fun!

Time Commitment:

In addition to class time each week students should expect to complete about 45 min- 1 hour of reading and working on assignments each of the other three days at home- 3 hours per week


U.S. History

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United States History examines the history of America from the pre-Columbian period to the present. The course challenges students to analyze political, social, cultural, and economic developments and to consider issues in U.S. history from a Christian worldview. The essay assignments allow students to explore issues prompted by a Christian worldview. Although this curriculum has a literature included in it, due to limited time, this class will only learn content for history.   

United States History includes weekly textbook reading assignments, primary-source reading assignments,  lectures, and class participation requirements.

Time Commitment:

In addition to class time each week students should expect to complete about 1- 1 1/2 of reading and working on assignments each of the other three days at home- 3-4 hours per week




World History

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World History is a one-year class for high school that teaches students to understand history from a Christian perspective of faith in God and respect for the Bible. In addition to reading the history narrative about events, issues, and people from around the world and across the centuries, students read the words of people who made history in original documents, speeches, poems, and stories. The class helps bring to life the time periods they are studying. A variety of assignments and hands-on project ideas help students engage in what they are learning. In addition to a thorough survey of Western Civilization, the curriculum offers significant coverage of Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  The text features hundreds of color illustrations and photographs. Although the curriculum includes a literature program, this class will only deal with content from world history alone. 

Time Commitment:

In addition to class time each week students should expect to complete about 1- 1 1/2 of reading and working on assignments each of the other three days at home- 3-4 hours per week. 


Government & Economics

Teacher - Patricia Smith

Part 1 of American Government & Economics (General) explores the structure, dynamics and processes of the American system of government, providing a comprehensive introduction to the origins and development of ideas and institutions that influence the contemporary political landscape. This course examines the development and composition of various foundational documents such as The Fundamental Orders, The Articles of Confederation, The Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution and others. Students will also gain a more in-depth understanding of the three branches of government, political parties, and interest groups within the framework of the historical, economic and social context. 

Part 2 of this course (Introductory Economics) explores the fundamental economic question of the behavior of consumers, firms, and markets under the constrictions of scarcity. Topics covered include supply and demand analysis, determination of market prices, profit maximizing output, distribution of income, Gross Domestic Product, and fiscal and monetary policy. 

Academic Info:

1 high-school credit 

Students must have the following skills to succeed in this class: 

*Have completed Pre-Algebra

*Computer -- must have basic word processing skills (MS Word, Google docs, or similar) and the ability to print assignments.

*Internet access for research is needed. *Basic writing skills -- must write cohesively, in complete sentences with capitals, periods, etc.

*Time commitment -- must be prepared to dedicate an hour and a half per day to homework outside of class

*Attitude – Do you have a great one?




Geography

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This geography course is a full high school credit. It covers geography skills such as reading maps and navigation. Physical geography such as lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere. It also covers human geography, social structures, culture and heritage and interacting with the environment. It includes hands-on activities and projects, mapwork, memorization, and geographic research questions.

It gives students a deep understanding of how geography impacts all of us everyday with real life applications for college, career, citizenship and ministry.

Time Commitment:

In addition to class time each week students should expect to complete about 45 min- 1 hour of reading and working on assignments each of the other three days at home- 3 hours per week.


Logic I & II

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Logic is the art of reasoning well—of learning to think God's thoughts after Him. In this class, Douglas Wilson and James Nance (authors) lay the proper foundation of reasoning in the truth of God, and go on to train students in the crucial skills of defining terms, recognizing basic types of statements, arguing with syllogisms, arguing in ordinary language, and identifying informal fallacies.

This class teaches logic that will help students excel in every other subject they will study, from math and science to rhetoric and the humanities. The class text is widely acclaimed and this class is strongly recommended by Mrs. Worcester, who would love to see the strength of logic raise the quality of our students’ rhetoric and composition skills. 

Homework:

  • Homework from this class can be completed easily in two  1/2 hour times per week outside of class time.  

  • Students will need a mentor- someone who can discuss difficult questions and who is willing to talk about a specific topic every  week. ( The best idea is one parent willing to talk. )

Prerequisites:

  • 9th grade reading level

  • 10th grade vocabulary