Mathematics | Science | Social Studies, History & Geography | English Language & Literature | Humanities & Fine Arts | World Languages | Media & Computers | Business & Careers | Physical Education & Health | Home, Family, Life Skills | Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts | Religious Studies | Miscellaneous Electives
1 Pre-Algebra – This course begins with a review of the four basic arithmetic operations on positive numbers with special emphasis on fractions, mixed and decimal numbers. Finding fractional and decimal parts of numbers is stressed. Beginning algebra concepts introduced are variables, order of operations, solving simple equations and negative numbers. Geometric concepts of area, volume, perimeter, surface area and circumference are presented. Translation of work problems is stressed. Rations and rates, exponents and roots are also covered. (Text: Algebra 1/2: An Incremental Development, by John H. Saxon Jr. A complete homeschool kit should include the following: textbook, test forms, and solutions manual.)
1 Algebra I – In the first term the properties of the real number system will be studied. Operations with real numbers are performed. Time is spent learning the language of algebra. Equations are solved as well as inequalities. Functions and relations are studied. Linear equations in two variables are graphed. Systems of linear equations in two variables are solved by graphing, the addition method, and the substitution method. Problem solving is studied. The second term deals with exponents, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, radicals, and quadratic equations. (Text: Algebra 1: An Incremental Development, by John H. Saxon Jr. A complete homeschool kit should include the following: textbook, test forms, and solutions manual.)
1 Algebra II – Throughout much of the two terms, there will be a review and expansion of various topics introduced in Algebra I. Solutions and graphs of linear equations and linear inequalities will be studied. Quadratic equations and inequalities will be solved and graphed. Time will be spent studying the characteristics of the complex number system. Conic sections will be examined. The idea of function will be stressed throughout the course. Logarithms will be introduced as an aid in computation. The algebra of polynomials will be studied with emphasis on finding rational and irrational zeros and the use of factor theorem. Some or all of the following topics may be covered: combinations, permutations, probability, mathematical induction, introduction of vector algebra, topics from logic, and an introduction to trigonometry. (Text: Algebra 2: An Incremental Development, by John H. Saxon Jr. A complete homeschool kit should include the following: textbook, test forms, and solutions manual.)
Geometry – Some of the topics covered include triangle congruence, postulates and theorems, surface area and volume, two-column proofs, vector addition, and slopes and equations of lines. Includes an introduction to Trigonometry and a review of Algebra. (Text: Saxon Geometry, by Saxon Publishers. The complete kit includes the Student Textbook, the Solutions Manual, and the Homeschool Packet, which includes Test Forms and Test Answers. The geometry sketching software referenced in the text is The Geometer’s Sketchpad, which is available for purchase but not sold by Saxon Publishers.)
1 Advanced Mathematics (Pre-Calculus) – While any student who has completed Algebra 2 will be prepared for the SAT and ACT, students interested in taking the College Board’s Math Level II examination should complete Advanced Mathematics. A comprehensive treatment of pre-calculus mathematics, Advanced Mathematics fully integrates topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis. Specific topics covered in this text include permutations and combinations, trigonometric functions, conic sections, graphs of sinusoids, rectangular and polar representation of complex numbers, De Moivre’s theorem, matrices and determinants, the binomial theorem, and the rational roots theorem. Use of a graphing calculator to graph functions and perform data analysis is introduced. Word problems are developed throughout the problem sets and become progressively more elaborate. With this practice, high-school students will be able to solve challenging problems such as rate problems and work problems involving abstract quantities. Students learn to convert outlines of proofs to paragraph proofs, then are shown how to express proofs in formal two-column proofs. Most importantly, students learn to work within a strict axiometric framework. Students who successfully complete the Advanced Mathematics book will have completed one full year of Euclidean geometry. (Text: Advanced Mathematics: An Incremental Development, by John H. Saxon Jr. A complete homeschool kit should include the following: textbook, test forms, and solutions manual. Also recommended: TI-83 or TI-84 series graphing calculator.)
1 Calculus AB – A TI-83 or TI-84 series graphing calculator is required for this course. In the first two terms there is a review of straight line equations, functions, relations, domains and ranges. Limits are introduced as well as continuous functions. There is an extensive study of the derivative with many formulas including implicit differentiation, parametric equations, and the differential. Applications of the derivative include: curve sketching, maxima-minima problems, related rates, and indeterminate forms. The logarithmic and exponential functions are studied. Integration is introduced. This course will prepare the student for the AB Advanced Placement Calculus exam. Numerous applications to physics, chemistry, engineering, and business are also treated in both the lessons and the problem sets. (Text: Calculus with Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, by John Saxon and Frank Wang. A complete homeschool kit should include the following: textbook, test forms, and solutions manual. TI-83 or TI-84 series graphing calculator is also required for this course.)
1 Calculus BC – The second two terms of Calculus cover applications of the integral including area between two curves, volumes by shells and disks, lengths of a curve, and average value of a function. Rolle’s Theorem, the Mean Value Theorem, and Taylor’s formula are studied. Integration techniques studied are: integration by parts, trigonometric substitution, quadratic integrals, partial fractions, and miscellaneous substitutions. Sequences and series and power series will be studied if time permits. This course will prepare the student for the BC Advanced Placement Calculus exam. Numerous applications to physics, chemistry, engineering, and business are also treated in both the lessons and the problem sets. (Text: Calculus with Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, by John Saxon and Frank Wang. A complete homeschool kit should include the following: textbook, test forms, and solutions manual. TI-83 or TI-84 series graphing calculator is also required for this course.)
1 Probability and Statistics – This course is designed to assist the student in the understanding and use of numerical data in the real world. Statistics includes collecting, displaying, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students learn descriptive methods for studying data, learn properties of the normal probability distribution, study elementary probability theory, determine sample size, test hypotheses, and draw conclusions. Students planning to work in the behavioral and social sciences, education, and physical sciences will find the course helpful. (DVD: The Probability and Statistics Tutor, by Jason Gibson. Supplement: The Cartoon Guide to Statistics, by Larry Gonick, 1993. A graphing calculator TI-83 or TI-84 series is also recommended.)
1 Physical Science – This course discusses topics such as the atmosphere, hydrosphere, weather, structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. Recommended for 8th or 9th grade. (Text: Exploring Creation with Physical Science, by Dr. Jay L. Wile.)
1 Biology – This lab course concentrates on the study of living organisms including such topics as: cell structure, genetics, ecology, microbiology and comparative anatomy. This is intended for those planning to attend college in biology, medical fields, natural resources or other related fields. Recommended for 9th grade. Prerequisite: none. (Text: Exploring Creation with Biology, by Dr. Jay L. Wile. Supplement: Biology 101: Biology According to the Days of Creation, by Wes Olson. Additional Resources: http://www.homeschoollibrary.info/500-pure-science/570-life-science)
1 Chemistry – This class will study the composition of materials. Areas covered include the basic structure of atoms, how atoms combine to produce molecules, scientific measurement, qualitative and quantitative analysis, properties and behavior of matter, interactions of matter, and how symbols and formulas are used to write chemical equations. Special emphasis is placed on the development of laboratory skills, and stresses the use of logical analysis. Suggested for 10th grade. Prerequisite: Algebra I. (DVD curriculum: Chemistry 101: An Overview of God’s Chemical World, by Wes Olson.)
1 Physics – This course is a laboratory oriented scientific investigation of energy, forces, mechanics, heat, optics, sound, light, electricity, electromagnetism, nuclear energy, and atomic structure. Lab work will enable students to demonstrate laws of physics. Students interested in technology careers such as engineering, electronics and computers will benefit from this course. Recommended for 11th or 12th grade. Prerequisite: Saxon Algebra II and Chemistry. (Text: Physics: An Incremental Development, by John H. Saxon Jr. Students will also need the Solutions Manual, Test Forms, and Laboratory Experiments Manual.)
1 Human Anatomy/Physiology – This course will deal specifically with the structure and function of the major body systems. Laboratory experiments will be included. One project is planned for each semester. (DVD Curriculum: Body of Evidence, by Dr. David Menton. Finally you can explore human anatomy & physiology in a Creator-honoring way! Supplemental Resources: Body by Design: An Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body, by Alan L. Gillen. Human Anatomy Coloring Book, by Margaret Matt and Joe Ziemian. Start Exploring: Gray’s Anatomy: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book, by Freddy Stark.)
1 Earth Science – This class will introduce students to the foundations of Earth Sciences. Students will study geology, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, erosion, meteorology, and oceanography. Special attention is given to the origin and identification of rocks and minerals. Field trips and a project are required. (Resources: http://www.homeschoollibrary.info/500-pure-science/550-earth-science)
½ Environmental Science – This class covers topics in biology and ecology. Biotic communities, desert plants, animal behavior and wildlife management are included. (Resources: http://www.homeschoollibrary.info/500-pure-science/570-life-science/577-ecology-environment)
1 Space Science – The fundamentals of Aerospace Sciences including the history of rocketry; propulsion systems; spacecraft design; principles of space travel and exploration; current and future space applications. The program lasts for a full school year and is eligible for a full high school credit. (Resources: http://www.homeschoollibrary.info/500-pure-science/520-astronomy-space-science)
½ Astronomy – An introduction to the fundamental concepts of astronomy along with a brief history of astronomy and space travel. Topics covered will include the universe, galaxies, the solar system, gravity, planetary orbits, stars and their life cycles, the sun, the moon, meteors, asteroids, comets, a study of telescopes and how astronomers use them to explore the universe. Students will learn to identify planets, stars and constellations by study and observation. Field trips are required. (Resources: http://www.homeschoollibrary.info/500-pure-science/520-astronomy-space-science)
½ Classical Astronomy – Throughout history, people have used the sun, moon, and stars for timekeeping and navigation. This is the purpose for which God created the celestial bodies – for signs and seasons, days and years (Genesis 1:14). At one time, everyone from common folks to scientists knew how to read the signs in the sky. However, somewhere along the way this knowledge was forgotten and is now neglected or even omitted in contemporary classrooms and curricula. Signs & Seasons provides a golden opportunity for Christian homeschoolers who respect God’s creation to rediscover the astronomical heritage of a bygone era. (Required text: Signs & Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy, by Jay Ryan. Recommended Student Workbook: Signs & Seasons Field Journal and Test Manual.)
½ Botany – A complete survey of the plant kingdom starting with bacteria and ending with flowering plants. Students will learn to identify plants as well as understand the structures and functions of the various plant parts. The importance of plants to man and the environment will also be covered. (Resources: http://www.homeschoollibrary.info/500-pure-science/580-botany)
½ Zoology – Students will study the identification and classification of animals starting with the lower level animals up to the higher orders, and learn about animal behavior, diet, habitats, and basic comparative anatomy. (Resources: http://www.homeschoollibrary.info/500-pure-science/590-zoology-animals)
½ Marine Biology – An introductory marine biology course for 11th and 12th grade students interested in possibly pursuing this area of study in college, or just to gain an understanding of the marine environment. (Texts: Marine Science, by Thomas F. Greene, 1998, Amsco School Publications, Inc.; Marine Biology, by Peter Castro & Michael Huber, 2009, 8th Ed., McGraw-Hill)
½ Electronics – Introduction to the technical concepts of electronic components, circuits and theory; principles of current and voltage control devices; basic circuits for power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators, and use of basic test instruments.
½ Rocketry – NASA Rocketry Basics, Rocket Motor Tutorial, Rocket Basics, Basic Model Rocket Stability, Rocket Stability of a Model Rocket in Flight, Fundamentals of Rocket Stability, Calculating Center of Pressure, High Power Rocketry Motors Basics, Fundamentals of Rocket Motors, Newton’s Laws of Motion & Model Rocketry, Forces on a Model Rocket, etc. (Recommended Resource: http://www.rockets4schools.org/education.html)
SOCIAL STUDIES, HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY
1 World History – This course introduces students to world history and geography and their relationship to economic, political, physical, social, and cultural aspects of modern activity. First semester deals with the ancient civilizations of Middle East, the Mediterranean Civilizations of Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. Second semester covers Western European civilization through the Second World War and into the Modern Age with the fall of the USSR. Within each time period several themes will be explored including trade, war, social structures, technology, cultural development and political organizations. Major turning points in world history will also be explored. The course seeks to help students understand why the world is the way it is today. (Text: The Story of the World: Ancient Times, by Susan Wise Bauer, 2002, 334 pp. The Story of the World: The Middle Ages, by Susan Wise Bauer, 2003, 424 pp. The Story of the World: Early Modern Times, by Susan Wise Bauer, 2004, 421 pp. The Story of the World: The Modern Age, by Susan Wise Bauer, 2005, 503 pp.)
1 State History/Government – An interdisciplinary course that integrates history, literature, and writing with intensive reading, research projects, field trips, and a study of the state constitution.
1 American History – This course explores major historical and cultural events that shaped the nation from the colonial period to the present day. It does not merely trace these events but is a study to determine the reasons for and the significance of such events in the course of history.
½ Modern History/Current Events – This course will review the development of social, political, and economic events since 1950, both in the United States and internationally. There will be an emphasis on U.S. foreign policy and how it impacts our history today. Current events are closely followed and discussed, giving students an opportunity to develop reasonable positions on significant issues. One of our weekly activities will be to bring in an article of interest, give the class a synopsis of the article’s content, and give our opinion of the article’s content. This course emphasizes to students the importance of fulfilling their responsibility as informed citizens by understanding what is happening in the news and the world around them. A major presentation of one topic of world significance will be produced and presented by the student.
½ American Government/Civics– This course provides students with an overview and analysis of the founding principles and structure of American government. Students will learn how our national government functions and how it compares with other forms of government. The course will cover Federal, State, County and local government, with a study of the individuals who occupy the more important positions in state and federal government including: The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Members of the President’s Cabinet, State Executive Officers, Legislators, etc. National and state elections and political parties will also be studied. An emphasis will be placed on the role of citizen involvement in the government process. In addition, students will have to pass an examination on the Declaration of Independence, the Flag of the United States, and the Constitution of the United States.
½ Economics– An introduction to micro and macro economics. Students learn practical applications of the American business system, the nature and functions of product markets, the role of government in promoting greater economic efficiency and equity, national income, price levels, fiscal and monetary policy, and international trade. (Recommended: Economics for Everybody, by Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. This DVD curriculum explains how economics works; how economic freedom is directly related to religious freedom; the differences between socialism, interventionism, and free markets; and how stewardship is at the heart of a healthy economic system. Includes a 234-page study guide with additional resource recommendations.)
½ Free Enterprise – This course will give the student an appreciation of business, finance and economics. Topics include how to start and manage a business, how to invest and prepare for retirement, how to avoid common financial mistakes, how our economy works, business ethics, taxes, and an introduction to e-business.
½ Biblical Geography – Geography of the Promised Land: The Promised Land comes to life through On Assignment: Geography of the Promised Land. This award-winning multi-media unit study seamlessly integrates outstanding teaching, interactive maps, scenic geographic video, motion graphics and Bible text for maximum educational impact. Students will come away with new insights into how God’s creation and His words fit together to tell His story. This series is a valuable supplement to the study of both geography and the Bible. The complete unit study comes with five lessons on two DVD’s, a student workbook (targeted to junior and senior high schoolers) and 80-page instructor’s manual. Lessons include: Geographic Features, Geographic Regions, Climate and Geology, Geography and the Bible, Review and Assessment. Perfect for homeschool, church, families, classrooms! Order a free demo or purchase the full version by calling 1-800-569-0950 or online at www.sycamorepress.com.
½ World Geography and Cultures – This course will cover the geography, culture, economy, and politics in each major world region. Students learn how the topography, climate and natural resources of each region influence the lives of people, and how the people of a region react to and modify their natural surroundings. Relationships of each region to one another and their relationship to the United States will be studied. As a result of this class, students will begin linking areas together (economy, government issues, trade) and not thinking of regions in isolation. Throughout the course students use geographic skills such as reading and drawing maps, analyzing charts and diagrams, and interpreting technical vocabulary. (Text: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Geography: World Physical Geography, by Brenda Runkle, 2000, 284 pp. A comprehensive core knowledge geography text for grades 6-12. Includes interactive daily lessons, incremental review, hands-on activities, critical thinking problems, full-color illustrations. Recommended to use with the student workbook and teacher’s guide.)
1 Literature Approach to U.S. and World History – This history program is designed for the student who desires to do a high-school level course on U.S. and World History using literature. Reading the great literature of Western civilization helps us to study history while pondering, contemplating, and reflecting on the lessons which history has to teach us. It is our hope that this course will be a helpful tool in not only making history come alive for the student, but even more importantly, creating in them a love and a hunger for wisdom. Each book utilized in this study has been carefully selected for its value as classic or historical literature. Special attention has been given to choose literature that is also character building and inspiring. Contents of this course include: Books Required for this Study; Books that are Highly Recommended to immerse the student in the subject matter; Additional Recommended Books for voracious readers who want to read even more on the subject; and Original Source Documents. After completing all of these titles they should know more about American History than the average college graduate! Videos will add some fun to the course as well as serve as incentives for reading the assigned books. Finally, websites will provide additional easily accessible information on topics of particular interest. Since the study is divided into quarters, estimate that each section will take half a semester. Chapters include: The Civil War and Reconstruction; Post-Reconstruction to The Great War; The Great Depression to World War II; Korean War to Vietnam War. (Text: A Literature Approach to U.S. and World History – From the Civil War to Vietnam, by Rea C. Berg, 1997.)
½ Sociology – This course is oriented around the study of culture, social groups, minorities, the family, education, socialization, the social problems of adolescence through adulthood, crime and poverty, the problems of the world and how these problems relate to us here and now.
½ Psychology – This course will acquaint the student with the basic principles, methods, and fields of psychology, learning, memory, emotion, perception, personality, intelligence, human development across the lifespan, normal and abnormal human behavior, mental health, stress and conflict, etc. The goal of the course is for students to better understand and explain the behavior of themselves and others. Recommended for Christian homeschoolers as a prerequisite to college–level introductory psychology, to help prepare them for the worldview challenges of modern psychology. The goal of Christian education – in biology, history, theology, the arts, and in psychology – is to understand God’s creation and, in the words of Johannes Kepler, to “think God’s thoughts after Him.” As Christians assert a Christian worldview in the university, asserting that worldview in psychology is appropriate and timely. (Text: Homeschool Psych: Preparing Christian Homeschool Students for Psych 101 w/ Student Workbook, Quizzes, and Answer Key, by Dr. Tim Rice, http://www.homeschoolpsych.com)
1 Constitutional Law – Constitutional Law Online, taught by Michael Farris, Chairman and General Counsel of HSLDA and President of Patrick Henry College. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about the history and background of our legal system from a biblical perspective, or if you’re looking for a good U.S. government class for your home schooled students, then this class is for you. The 18-week Internet-based course follows Mike Farris’ textbook, Constitutional Law for Christian Students, and uses a computer-based audio CD-ROM to deliver the “classroom” lectures. The syllabus, posted on the class home page, lists the reading and listening assignments for each week and offers a flexible schedule for homework. Every two weeks, students can participate in a live chatroom discussion – hosted by Mike Farris – to pose their questions and discuss the material. Twice during the class, students will submit essay exams for grading. A certificate of participation will be awarded to all students at the end of the class.
½ Introduction to Law – Introduction to law, the legal system, law and society, enforcement of the law, criminal law and juvenile justice, tort law, housing law, family law, consumer law, and a discussion of current events in law.
½ Military History – Military history is not just operational history; there is also the relationship between war and the development of states. The U.S. arose as a result of a war of independence; through war it expanded from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and it was the Civil War that created the country we know. It is also through war that the relationships among states have been molded and influenced. It is also tremendously valuable for students in the West to understand that much of the war in the world is not a matter of Western powers but is in South Asia or subsaharan Africa. Students need to understand what tribalism or ethnic conflict mean, if they are to understand the world in which they live, and that these pose real questions for the U.S. and other powers as to how to respond. Teaching military history is thus a key element of civic education. For more information, see: http://www.fpri.org/education/militaryhistory/
ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
1 Grammar & Composition – The first half of this course is designed to review the fundamentals of English as a language. The teacher will integrate vocabulary, spelling, word usage, mechanics, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation, parts of speech and syntax into writing assignments including narration, exposition, persuasion, description, reflective composition, and formal literary analysis. Examples of prose from various types of writing and from various historical periods will be studied as models for composition. Students will write coherent and focused essays that convey a well-defined perspective and tightly reasoned argument, using clear, precise language. There will be a review of literary terms (e.g., satire, parody, allegory, pastoral, irony, tone, mood, style, voice, imagery, personification, figures of speech, etc.) The second half of the course will concentrate on basic research skills and report writing (i.e., the term paper).
½ Etymology: Greek and Latin Roots – This course blends cultural aspects of Greece and Rome together with the study of Greek and Latin roots. Students who want to develop their vocabulary skills and increase their “word power” to discern meaning of analogies, comparisons, relationships, and inferences can do so by learning some basic root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Etymology provides instruction in the derivation of English words and word families from their Latin and Greek origins. It also provides the connotative and denotative meaning of words in a variety of contexts. As it enables students to increase their vocabularies, this course is particularly valuable for preparing high school students to perform well on college entrance tests. (Recommended text: Words & Ideas by William J. Dominik, ed.)
½ Dramatic Literature – This class includes a specialized focus on the study of dramatic literature. In addition to the traditional emphasis on reading and writing, the course also incorporates speaking and listening activities. Students will study the structure of drama and read plays written by playwrights from the Greek era to the present. Playwrights to be studied include Sophocles, Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekov, and Miller. An overview of the historical background of these different periods will be given, and students will learn some of the characteristics that give certain plays a “universal” quality. Theater performance is NOT a part of the course work.
½ Introduction to Shakespeare– This one semester course begins with a study of the life of William Shakespeare and the culture of Elizabethan England. An important objective is to have students understand Shakespeare’s plays in the context of his theater and time. Students will also learn to understand Shakespeare’s language, to interpret his metaphors, to recognize famous quotations from his work and to use some literary terms. In the classroom, we will read aloud a selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets, three comedies, and three tragedies. As a group, we will attend at least one Shakespearean play at the theatre. We will also view movie versions of Shakespearean plays and compare them to the original. Plays studied will include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Macbeth, Richard III, Julius Caesar. Additional Resource: Looking for Richard, an educational docu-drama of Richard III. Suitable for a high school classroom as an introduction to Shakespeare, it is interspersed with behind-the-scenes shots of actors discussing their lines and rehearsing the performance. Looking for Richard imparts the message that Shakespeare is relevant and comprehensible to anyone.
1 Introduction to Great Books– Designed to prepare students for future Great Books studies in the following three ways: firstly, through providing a foundation for understanding western culture by surveying its roots in the mythology and ideology of ancient Greek culture; secondly, by developing strong writing skills through regular instruction and writing assignments; and lastly, by helping students engage in the dialogue between Christian and secular thought. Reading selections will include Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, The Children’s Homer, selections from Greek philosophy, Scripture (Genesis, various New Testament Epistles), and more. Writing lessons and assignments will develop writing skills including the styles of narrative, expository, argument, characterization, persuasion, as well as mechanics of writing. Class format is part instruction, part discussion.
½ World Literature – A one-semester course offers students a survey of literature from a variety of countries (excluding America and Britain), from a variety of time periods, and by a variety of writers. Selections will broaden their understanding of different literary genres as well as learn about other cultures. The multicultural literature stresses an understanding and appreciation for the universality of the human experience.
½ American Literature – This one semester course deals with major literary trends and prominent American writers beginning with the settling of this country through the 20th century. Students will make connections between American history and the literature of the times. Periods covered include Early American Literature (1600-1800), The Romantic Period (1800-1855), War and Reconciliation (1855-1915), The Modern Age (1915-1946), and Modern (1946-present). Students will read novels, short stories, plays, poems and essays. Some of the authors studied are Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway.
½ British Literature – This one-semester course is designed to give students an overview of British Literature. Authors and works covered may include: Celtic mythology, Anglo-Saxon epics (Beowulf), ballads, Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales), Arthurian legends (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Le Morte d’Arthur), Shakespeare’s sonnets and a play, Edmund Spenser, John Milton (Paradise Lost), John Donne, Swift, Pope, Defoe, Pepys, Johnson, Joyce, Thomas and others.
½ Mythology – This course is an introduction to the myths and legends that influenced the literature and culture of Western civilization. Students will explore how myths were used to help explain human behavior (e.g., family, loyalty, courage, jealousy, passion, grief) and natural phenomena (e.g., creation of the world, the seasons, the weather). We will cover the important stories of gods and heroes from the GrecoRoman tradition: the Olympians, Hercules, Theseus, Jason, Prometheus, etc. We will also compare aspects of this Western tradition with mythologies from Africa, Asia, and Native America. Students will look at modern superheroes and create their own myths based on universal themes.
½ Science Fiction & Fantasy – This one semester course discusses classic science fiction and fantasy literature, including selections from the following list: Dune, A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Martian Chronicles, 1984, Rendezvous with Rama, Flowers for Algernon, Frankenstein, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet/Perelandra/That Hideous Strength), I Robot, Animal Farm, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Journey to the Center of the Earth, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Gulliver’s Travels, The Prydain Chronicles (The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, The High King), The Dark is Rising sequence, Eragon, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Along with reading books, students will research authors, write literary analyses, and experiment with creative writing the two genres. In addition, students will watch several movies for the purpose of comparing the film versions to the original novels. (Text: Themes in Science Fiction by Leo P. Kelley, 1972.)
½ Adventure Literature – This course is designed for students who appreciate elements such as suspense, excitement, action, and entertainment in the literature they read. Selections will consist of mysteries, adventures, historical fiction, tales of heroism, intrigue, and spectacular events, including titles from the following list: Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, The Outlaws of Sherwood, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, and Two Years Before the Mast.
½ Independent Literature Survey – This one semester course is designed for students who need more practice in comprehensive reading or for those who do not find enough time otherwise to do the reading they would like to do. Students will read works of their own choice from the following categories: young adult literature, classics, non-fiction, contemporary, multi-cultural, book of choice. Individual written and oral evaluations of each book are conducted with the instructor. The college-bound student can use these individual reading projects as preparation for higher education.
1 Tolkien & Lewis – This complete one year course investigates the friendship of two famous writers and their writing fellowship, the Inklings, and examines some of their best works of fiction. The focus will be on Tolkien for the 1st semester: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The focus will shift to Lewis for the 2nd semester: The Screwtape Letters and The Space Trilogy. Reading assignments will emphasize enjoyment and comprehension. Writing assignments will include one formal essay on the moral development of a favorite character. Class sessions will include some lecture, discussion, quizzes, and reading favorite passages out loud. The class will also include a vocabulary component as an aid for SAT prep, with weekly vocabulary quizzes on the reading covered that week.
1 The Bible as Literature– This complete one year course offers students a survey of literature from the Bible. The first semester will concentrate on the Old Testament, the second on the New Testament. Without a basic knowledge of the Bible, it is all but impossible to thoroughly understand much of Western literature. The Bible has provided a rich reference source of plots, themes, characters, and styles for writers from John Milton to John Steinbeck. For example, the complete works of Shakespeare contain more than 1,300 biblical references. “Call me Ishmael,” the introductory line of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick,” would be lost on students who do not know Ishmael was a famous Bible castaway. In this class, students will examine the Bible as an amalgam of literary types including fables, short stories, parables and allegories. Major topics include: Epic Literature, Lyric Poetry, Rhetoric, Wisdom Literature, Epistolary Literature, and Prophetic Literature. Students will also examine influences of the Bible on the classics of British and American literature, and explore Biblical allusions in contemporary literature, film, drama and the media. To earn extra credit, students may visit an art museum to look for biblical allusion and influence in the artwork. (Recommended Resources: King James Version of the Bible, Reading the Bible as Literature, by Jeanie C. Crain, How to Read the Bible as Literature, by Leland Ryken, and The Bible and Literature: A Reader, by David Jasper and Stephen Prickett.)
1 Film as Literature – A course of study to enhance and broaden a student’s knowledge of film techniques, elements of symbolism, and general film production by viewing and discussing classic American movies. Movies are a popular form of entertainment, but “cineliteracy” is often neglected in education. Students enrolled in this course study the history and development of films as an art form and as a form of communication beyond their entertainment purpose. Students will study the technical aspects of film making, the adaptation of literature to screenplays, genres of films, and literary themes in films. They are taught to “read” a film, analyzing its narrative structure, genre conventions, subtext, technical and artistic factors, and purpose. In addition, students examine how films often reflect the culture and times in which they are made, and conversely, how motion pictures sometimes help shape attitudes and values in society. This course is a complete one year course for high school English that will develop students’ skills in reading, thinking, writing, listening, and speaking through in-depth study of films in a variety of genres. Specifically, students will 1) learn the various systems through which film communicates, 2) develop and reinforce critical thinking skills, 3) develop and reinforce analytical skills, and 4) be motivated to view moving images critically rather than passively. Students will demonstrate: 1) an understanding of film terms, 2) an understanding of film techniques, 3) oral and written communications skills, 4) an ability to write analytical essays and film critiques, 5) an understanding of various film genres, 6) an ability to compare and contrast novels and stories to their film adaptations. We will study 20 films from the following list: Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Rear Window, Dial M for Murder, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Chariots of Fire, Breaking Away, Field of Dreams, The African Queen, On the Waterfront, The Quiet Man, It’s a Wonderful Life, Apollo 13, October Sky, Stagecoach, Singin’ in the Rain, The Music Man, The Maltese Falcon, North by Northwest, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Shane. (Recommended Resources: Understanding Movies, by Luis Giannetti. Movies as Literature, by Kathryn and Richard Stout. Learning with the Movies, by Beth Holland. Movie Nights: 25 Movies to Spark Spiritual Discussions With Your Teen, by Bob Smithouser. Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About Movies, by Peyton Paxson.)
½ Poetry – This course presents poetry as a form of literary expression that has prevailed throughout the ages. Students will explore poetic themes and devices. Not only does the course focus upon interpretation but also upon a variety of structures, devices, and themes which differentiate one type of poetry from another. The class gives particular attention to aural devices and the effect sound plays on the overall interpretation of the poem. Examples of such aural devices include meter, alliteration, assonance, and rhyme. Reading poetry for pleasure is also emphasized.
½ Children’s Literature – Through a wide variety of children’s books, students will examine literary genres ranging from the traditional folk tale and nursery rhyme through poetry and modern fiction – fanciful, humorous, and realistic. Students will practice reading aloud to preschool and elementary children, while learning how books enrich the school curriculum and help stimulate creative activities in children.
½ Creative Writing – This course is for the student who loves to write and has mastered the basics of grammar and expository writing. Students will practice writing poetry and prose – including short stories, narratives, descriptive sketches, poems, and a dramatic script – with an emphasis on creative and original writings. Plot and character development are studied, along with other story elements such as dialogue, description, tone and setting. Special attention will be given to development of personal style. By the end of the course, the student will have a portfolio of selected writings.
½ Journalistic Writing – This is not a student publications course, but a specialized writing course investigating the art of reporting and the profession of journalists. Among the areas covered are: information gathering processes, interviewing, beat reporting, feature writing, news stories, opinion writing, layout design, advertising, journalistic ethics, professional standards, press freedoms and responsibilities, and media influence. The course evaluates and analyzes models of journalistic writing through discussions and critiques. Students will analyze the effect of organizational patterns and the use of diction and syntax on clarity and meaning. Students will examine their world for its news potential, review basic writing competencies, practice interviewing and library research methods, and experiment with different journalistic writing styles. Students will write in a variety of professional formats, including but not limited to newspaper articles, entertainment reviews, editorials, and broadcast reports.
½ Introduction to Publication– This course covers the history of publishing and how the publishing industry works, as well as instruction in the techniques of writing, editing, and layout design for newspapers, magazines, and books. This is not a student publications course.
½ Extended Essay – Students individually undertake original research to investigate a topic of special interest and write an extended paper of 3,000-4,000 words. Emphasis on rhetoric and composition with a focus on understanding research strategies and the writing process.
½ Media Analysis – This course focuses on the influence of mass media and the power of advertising. Students will talk about what goes into a newspaper article. They will discuss bias and the difference between an article and op-ed piece. Many people blindly look at a newspaper or magazine, never questioning what is written. This course will help students make warranted and reasonable assertions about an author’s explicit and implicit assumptions and beliefs. (Text: Media Literarcy: Thinking Critically About Newspapers & Magazines, by Peyton Paxson.)
HUMANITIES & FINE ARTS
½ Philosophy – Using the lives of the philosophers as a starting point, Philosophy Adventure covers a wide range of subjects: History & Geography, Vocabulary & Composition, Logic & Critical Thinking, Presentation & Persuasion, Apologetics & Worldview. Meet the philosophers and read interesting anecdotes from the life of each philosopher, the time and place in which he lived, the School of Thought identified with each philosopher, how his ideas played out in his own life, and how his ideas ultimately impacted the world. This comprehensive curriculum is a great humanities elective for homeschool students!
½ Art History – An introductory course in the history of art (primarily Western art with some attention to the art of other cultures) covering basic information about artists, schools, and movements. Emphasis is placed upon the principal artists and their works, including subjects and techniques, while also touching on interrelationships with history and society in general.
½ World Art and Culture – An art appreciation course using the arts of various cultural groups to learn about the similarities and differences in people, traditions, and regions around the globe through exposure and hands on projects.
½ Introduction to Architecture – This course is a non-technical interdisciplinary survey of architecture covering history and style, aesthetics, form and function, building techniques, structure and materials, the careers of the great modern architects, the relationship between the built environment and the natural environment, and current topics in design. Students will use local buildings to learn about architectural history and explore the aesthetic effects of architecture. Field trips, on site lectures, and class projects give students an interesting overview of the science and art of architecture.
½ Introduction to Theatre – This course is designed to acquaint students with theatre history, puppetry, storytelling, and dramatic activities. Students will gain a basic knowledge of stagecraft, stage design, makeup, costuming, scenery, lighting techniques, and sound design. This is not a performance course.
1 The Bible and Its Influence – In order to be an educated, responsible citizen in America, one needs to be biblically literate. However, results of a nationwide survey released on April 26, 2005, concluded that while most American teenagers have a rudimentary understanding of the Bible, few have the depth of knowledge that would allow them to understand its influences on literature, art, music, history and culture. The survey was commissioned by the nonprofit Bible Literacy Project and conducted by the respected Gallup Poll organization. It questioned 1,002 students ages 13 to 18. English professors from leading colleges and universities all agree: “Knowledge of the Bible is a deeply important part of a good education.” Harvard Professor Robert Kiely explains, “I can only say that if a student doesn’t know any Bible literature, he or she will simply not understand whole elements of Shakespeare, Sidney, Spenser, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth…The Bible has continued to be philosophically influential in Western, Eastern, now African cultures, and so to not know it—whether one is a Jew or Christian—seems to me not to understand world culture…English and American literature is simply steeped in biblical legends, morality, biblical figures, biblical metaphors, biblical symbols, and so it would be like not learning a certain kind of grammar or vocabulary and trying to speak the language or read the language.” Brown Professor George P. Landow put it this way, “Without such knowledge one reads productions of 19th century culture much in the manner of someone who tries to use a dictionary in which one-third of the words have been removed.” When asked, “What kind of things are easier in your classroom for students who know something about the Bible?” professors responded:
- Being richer, more sophisticated students.
- Recognizing literary allusions, references and echoes.
- Understanding how characterization in novels and thematic levels in poetry are linked to biblical allusions.
- Understanding and recognizing the idea of the Christ figure.
- Possessing a solid advantage in understanding Victorian art and literature.
- Understanding the parable genre.
- Doing literary analysis.
- Understanding questions of canonicity and non-biblical literature.
- Appreciating the tone of the politics of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Discussing “meaning” and “values” with understanding and insight.
(Curriculum: The Bible and Its Influence – The student textbook is a hardcover, full-color, 387-page volume that covers the content of Genesis to Revelation, providing a thorough overview of both the Old and the New Testaments. In addition to covering the major themes of each book of the Bible, The Bible and Its Influence also provides many “sidebar” features including contemporary “cultural connections,” important historical figures, timelines and charts, and other examples illustrating the Bible’s influence on literature, poetry, music, art, history, public rhetoric, and Western civilization. Special one-or two-page features include Abraham Lincoln and the Bible, Handel’s Messiah, The Bible and Emancipation, Shakespeare and the Bible, plus many more. The layout is user friendly, and the book contains some of the world’s most famous artwork – described as “a feast for the eyes” for its spectacular beauty. The textbook was edited by Cullen Schippe, former vice-president and publisher for Music, Religion, and Social studies at Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Chuck Stetson, founder and chairman of the Bible Literacy Project. The book was examined prior to publication by 40 reviewers, with their feedback incorporated into the editing of the text. The Teacher’s Edition is a 440-page softbound text, with wraparound feature, meaning the student text is printed in miniature, with surrounding teacher sections, such as: Lesson objectives, Working With The Text, Biblical Information, Visual Learning, Cultural Connections, Recall, Projects, Into Everyday Language, Music Extension, Literature Extension, and more. http://www.bibleliteracy.org)
½ Worldview Studies – This course is designed to help students look more deeply at their culture and the ideas that run the world around them. Worldviews describe the way people see the world, give answers to life’s biggest questions, and are profoundly theological, even for the atheist. This class will help students clearly understand the differences between the leading worldviews of our day – Christianity, Secular Humanism, Marxism, New Age, and Postmodernism. When students finish this course they will better understand the times they live in, be better prepared to identify the worldviews that run our culture, and have more fully developed their own worldview. (Recommended Resource: Understanding the Times: The Collision of Today’s Competing Worldviews. The Understanding the Times high school curriculum by Summit Ministries is a one or two semester video-based curriculum designed specifically for the 12th grade homeschool classroom. This class will help students clearly understand the tenets of the Christian worldview and how it compares with the tenets of other leading worldviews of our day: Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism, New Age, and Postmodernism. Some of the issues covered include: abortion, apologetics, the arts, biotechnology, critical thinking, cults, euthanasia, leadership, radical environmentalism, radical feminism, the problem of evil, religious pluralism, scriptural reliability, and more. Understanding the Times is complete with day-to-day lesson plans, projects, resources, quizzes, and more, in a CD-ROM format.)
½ Christian Ethics – This course provides students with a working knowledge of different themes in the field of Christian Ethics, to help students sharpen skills in analyzing moral arguments. Students will be introduced to the skills and resources needed to resolve moral dilemmas, as they develop an understanding of the complexity of moral problems. Students can expect to be researching and debating many aspects of Christian thinking and living. (Recommended texts: Christian Ethics: An Introductory Reader, by Samuel Wells and 21st Century Ethical Toolbox, by Anthony Weston.)
½ Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About Visual Culture – Media pervade our lives. Music, movies, TV, print, the Web, advertising – our environment is a cacophony of media impressions that influence us. Media Literacy helps middle and high school students develop the skills they need to see past the surface to the underlying message and intent of contemporary media. Ideal for media courses, or as an adjunct to social studies or language arts curricula. Includes writing assignments, discussion questions, and other activities. (Text: Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About Visual Culture, by Peyton Paxson.)
½ Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About Television – Teenagers are the driving force behind television in terms of what gets produced, sold, and watched. This intelligent, engaging course gives them the opportunity to step back and think clearly about how TV casts a shadow, both positive and negative, over much of their lives. Ideal as an interdisciplinary resource in language arts or social studies classes; in a media, design, or computer environment; to address the National Educational Technology Standards issued by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); and for students who are more engaged in television and less engaged in schoolwork. Includes writing assignments, discussion questions, and other activities. (Text: Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About Television, by Peyton Paxson.)
½ Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About Music & Media – This course challenges students learn to think critically about the music and media that they consume. Includes writing assignments, discussion questions, and other activities. (Text: Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About Music & Media, by Peyton Paxson.)
½ Music Appreciation – This course is designed for the student to develop musical taste through an understanding of the elements of music plus an understanding of form, design, and style. It provides the tools for a basic understanding of music; an awareness of the primary musical styles, comprehension of the building blocks of music, and development of an attentive style of listening. Included is work in harmony, ear training, sight singing, analysis, composing, and performing music. Some of the materials designed to assist the student in the learning process will be accomplished through the use of a computer.
½ Music History – This course is a survey of music in Western Civilization from Antiquity through Baroque, and from Classical to Contemporary. Emphasis is placed upon the principal composers and their works within each stylistic period while also touching on interrelationships with history, philosophy, the arts and humanities in general.
VISUAL, PERFORMING, & APPLIED ARTS
½ Introduction to Art – A basic art curriculum with a practical, hands-on format. It covers many different areas of art and design, so you can find out where your skills and strengths lie. Topics include: principles of color, styles of art, perspective, portraiture, carving, and cartooning.
½ Beginning Drawing – This course teaches the basic techniques of drawing through the use of pencil sketching, pen and ink, colored pencils, charcoal and pastels.
½ Beginning Painting – Students will paint in acrylic, watercolor and oil, with an emphasis on design elements and principles. Color theory and art history will be explored.
1 Art Studio – Students will gain experience in two dimensional work such as drawing, painting, and printmaking or in three dimensional work such as pottery, sculpture, and mixed media. Students will prepare a complete portfolio showing a mastery of basic techniques.
½ Creative Constructions – Students learn the basics in design techniques, color, and sculpture using common household materials such as paper, wood, wire, cloth, etc. Emphasis will be on recycling materials into found-object assemblages.
½ BrickLab – This unique “hands-on” learning solution is designed to offer a survey of activities that can be successfully applied to students all the way up to grade 12. The curriculum combines thousands of construction elements with 52 foundational lessons and over 200 activities in four topic strands including Architecture/Construction (blending aesthetics, structural engineering, and functionality), Mechanical Engineering (using applied math and science with systems design and troubleshooting to build projects ranging from belt drive buggies to winches), Mathematics, Physics/Mechanics (pendulums, simple machines, rotational inertia, conservation of momentum, force, gravity). http://www.bricklab.com
½ Drafting and Blueprint Reading – Introduces students to the tools, lines, lettering and drawing techniques found in the drafting field. The main emphasis is on architectural drafting and blueprint reading. Topics include line types, orthographic projections, conceptual and presentation drawings, computer aided design, model building, dimensioning methods, etc. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret and draw a basic set of blueprints, and make their own scale model.
½ Graphic Design – This course introduces students to the art of graphic design; commercial artwork intended to have a visual impact on the viewer and to communicate a message and/or sell a product or service to the consumer. Topics covered will be tools and techniques, the elements and principles of design and layout, lettering and illustration. Traditional art tools (such as pencil, marker, and paint) will be integrated with technological tools to create computer generated art projects.
½ Acting I – Students develop basic techniques through a series of performance assessments which can include pantomime, improvisations, monologues, and character development.
½ Drama Production – This course is designed for those students who have a sincere interest in the world of performing theater arts. Students will develop dramatic skills and acting techniques through participation in children’s theatre and one act play performances. Topics of study will include all of the various elements that go into the creation of a theater event: acting, all technical aspects, and direction of a show. A children’s theater play will be selected and produced for a grade school audience. Grades for the course will be determined by performance and / or teaching of the show as well as projects, quizzes, and presentations for all areas of study.
½ The Art and Craft of Video Production – This course is for the student who desires to gain experience in the technologies and concepts of video production and post-production including script writing and storyboarding, prop and character design, scene development, lighting, audio recording, editing, titling, adding special effects, choosing music, sound effects, etc. to produce both live action and animated videos. Instruction is based on the student’s knowledge and experience, and will include a study of professional filmmaking techniques.
½ Digital Photography – This course uses digital cameras, along with the computer program Photoshop. Photos will be uploaded to the computer. Students will then be able to manipulate their work, taking full advantage of the power of Photoshop. Students will also create a slide show presentation.
1 Vocal Music – Performance of a wide variety of choral music, ranging from “pop” to classical. Music theory and reading skills included. Students will attend choir rehearsals, performances, and competitions.
1 Instrumental Music – The student may join a Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, or String Orchestra for the purpose of exploring the repertoire, improving technique, and attending performances, with potential for learning a secondary instrument.
½ Introduction to Music 1 – A complete beginning self-paced computer-based music curriculum that teaches music fundamentals, theory, and listening skills. Part 1 begins with the basics, such as the staffs (treble, bass, grand), scales, octaves, keyboard basics, pitch identification, note reading, sharps and flats, whole and half steps. Recommended Resource: Music Ace Deluxe CD-ROM by Harmonic Vision.
½ Introduction to Music 2 – Part 2 of this self-paced computer-based music curriculum progresses to topics such as standard notation, tempo, rhythm, quarter notes, eighth notes, rests, measures, melody, harmony, syncopation, half notes and ties, dotted quarter notes, sixteenth notes, and much more. Recommended Resource: Music Ace 2 CD-ROM by Harmonic Vision.
1 Basic Piano Keyboarding – The student learns beginning piano skills through hands-on experience with an electric keyboard. Basic Music Theory, Chords, correct fingering techniques, and keyboard operation will all be experienced. By the end of the class, the student will have a repertoire of songs learned for individual performance. No previous piano experience is needed. Recommended Resource: Piano in a Flash.
1 Spanish 1-2 – This introductory course stresses basic language patterns, writing, reading, speaking and listening, and practical everyday vocabulary. Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures are studied. CDs, videos, slides, and cooking enhance instruction in this level.
1 Spanish 3-4 – This course expands and refines vocabulary, language structure, and knowledge of Spanish cultures. Students should expect to communicate in conversation and written expression.
1 Japanese – Students will learn the two phonetic spelling systems – hiragana and katakana. Students will also learn Kanji characters. Students will read, write, speak, and understand fundamental Japanese to the point where they could “survive” if given the opportunity to stay in Japan. Students will be introduced to Japanese geography, history, and culture. (See: http://www.homeschoollibrary.info/2012/08/14/learn-japanese-online-for-free)
1 German – The emphasis of this course is on communication, both oral and written, and learning about the culture of German speaking countries. By the end of the first year, the student is expected to be able to communicate about a limited number of topics with native speakers who are patient and used to dealing with foreigners. (See: http://www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources/SharedGerman1.aspx and http://www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources/SharedGerman2.aspx)
1 Classical Greek
1 Mandarin Chinese
½ Introductory Latin – This course is designed to help students learn the grammatical foundation of the language through reading practice and the study of daily life of Ancient Rome. Students will connect their knowledge of the ancient classical world with modern times and other disciplines and will use linguistic elements of Latin to increase knowledge of their own language. It will be of particular interest to those who want to acquire a knowledge of Latin to support study in other fields, such as language learning, linguistics, Roman literature, ancient history, medieval studies, or law. (Recommended Resource: Ecce Romani, by Prentice-Hall, 2005. The most innovative reading-based Latin program for today’s students! Reading-based approach engages students by bringing the history of the Roman civilization to life with interesting subjects and a continuous storyline about the life experiences of a typical Roman family living in A.D. 80.)
½ Introduction to American Sign Language– This course is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of sign language. They will learn approximately 200 words/signs and grammatical features of ASL. Lectures on deaf culture and the deaf community will be given.
MEDIA & COMPUTERS
½ Computer Keyboarding – This course emphasizes learning to key using the touch typing method, developing speed and accuracy, and mastering basic formatting skills when using word processing software programs. Correct techniques are stressed in the hands-on production of business and personal letters, e-mails, office forms, resumes, tabulations, reports, and manuscripts. Keyboarding is one of the basic subjects needed by all students for proficient use of the computer in college and in the workplace.
½ Introduction to Computers – Students will learn about the history of computers, followed by the fundamentals of hardware components, operating systems, software applications, an overview of the Internet, current trends in computer technology, and basic troubleshooting.
½ Computer Applications – Application software is a subclass of computer software that employs the capabilities of a computer directly to a task that the user wishes to perform. This course provides an in-depth coverage of some of the most widely used software applications: a word processor (Microsoft Word), electronic spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel), e-mail (Microsoft Outlook), desktop publishing (Microsoft Publisher), Web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox), image editing (Microsoft Paint), video editing (Windows Movie Maker). The majority of the work done for this course is “hands-on” using computers. Students will learn skills and strategies towards the completion of various computer projects such as presentations, spreadsheets, graphs, charts, and documents such as letters, reports, and business stationery. Instruction is based on the student’s knowledge and experience. Microsoft Access and PowerPoint will also be covered if time allows.
½ Desktop Publishing – Using Microsoft Publisher, students learn basic layout and design elements to create publications such as newsletters, business cards, flyers, resumes, invitations, and brochures. Students may use the Internet, scanner, and digital camera as tools to enrich their work.
½ Web Page Design – This course introduces students to the basics of website design starting from creating simple text pages to interactive web layout loaded with frames, graphics, and animation. Students will learn the basics of how to create and code web pages using various web authoring tools. HTML, Java, layout design, navigation, animation and graphic usage will be discussed and integrated throughout the course. Students will also explore cyberspace and study e-commerce, ethics, and the internet. By the end of the course, the student will have created his or her own web page. (Resource: Video Professor’s Learn HTML tutorial teaches the basics of this Internet programming language including coding your first page, formatting text, action tags, hyperlinks, color palettes, optimizing images for the Web, linking with image maps, HTML forms, embedded and inline styles, publishing your own website, etc.)
½ Multimedia Production – Students will use computer as a tool to complete projects using presentations, animation, sound, hypermedia, and digital pictures. Instruction is based on the student’s knowledge and experience. The student will create a slide presentation using PowerPoint. Additional media may include newsletters, web pages, and video production.
½ Logo Programming – This course provides an excellent introduction to programming concepts. In addition to learning the basics of programming concepts, students develop an appreciation for how large and complex systems can be developed one unit at a time. Developed through research at MIT, LOGO programming is also an excellent tool for introducing and lending relevance to geometry and math concepts. (Required Resource: The Well-Tempered Turtle by Susan Anderson-Freed and Lisa J. Brown. This curriculum, suitable for high school and introductory level college courses, uses Logo as a means of testing and exploring programming concepts. It provides a complete introduction to computer science covering such topics as data types, control structures, graphics, natural language processing, and music. Additional Resources: Logo: Models and Methods for Problem Solving by William J. Spezeski; LogoWorks: Lessons in Logo by Sheila Cory and Margie Walker. LOGO can be downloaded, free of charge at www.softronix.com/logo.html.)
½ Basic Programming – This course introduces students to programming in the simple, straightforward language of BASIC. It assumes no previous computer science knowledge but allows students to progress as far as they are able. Students who succeed at BASIC learn all the necessary thinking skills to succeed with any other computer language they encounter.
½ Visual Basic Programming – This course introduces students to programming in the powerful Visual BASIC environment. Each student is allowed to progress at his or her own speed. Their programming gives them a portfolio of impressive accomplishments, from a visually attractive game to a fully functioning database.
½ C++ Programming – This course will be an introduction to computer programming focusing on C++. Emphasis will be placed on designing, creating, coding, debugging, testing, documenting and maintaining these programs.
½ Computer Game Design – This course teaches the basics of programming and logic as students create computer games. It is designed to allow students to easily develop computer games without having to learn a complex programming language such as C++ or Pascal. The course includes a history lesson on computer games, and an overview of current trends in computer game technology. Then they will learn how to map and design levels for a total conversion that runs on the Doom Legacy engine using FraggleScript. Students will choose from a wide variety of pre-set colors, textures, and objects to create various environments. Students will master level editing, WAD file manipulation, defining scripts and variables, HUD displays, etc.
½ Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About Video Games – In this course, students learn to look critically at video games and virtual online worlds. Students explore value messages, the range of social interaction, and more. Includes writing assignments, discussion questions, and other activities. (Text: Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About Video Games, by Peyton Paxson.)
½ Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About the Internet – This course challenges students to examine the ethics of disseminating certain Internet content, explore issues of personal and financial safety online, analyze the social impact of Internet usage, and more. Includes writing assignments, discussion questions, and other activities. (Text: Media Literacy: Thinking Critically About the Internet, by Peyton Paxson.)
½ Social Media – A course for anyone interested in learning how to grow your own or someone else’s online presence. Resources: http://kommein.com/25-social-media-how-tos-resources-tutorials-and-lessons and http://kommein.com/25-free-online-social-media-classes.
BUSINESS AND CAREERS
1 Accounting – An overview of basic accounting principles applicable to sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporate forms of business ownership. Includes debits and credits, journalizing and posting transactions, financial statement preparation, payroll accounting, taxes, and business banking practices. This course includes planned learning experiences simulating real business transactions plus an introduction to computerized accounting systems.
½ Career Exploration – Designed to assist students in making career choices. Topics include: planning your future, entering the world of work, and job attainment/retention skills. Includes a self-assessment of personal/career interests, skills, educational goals, etc. Students will explore a variety of careers as well as learn about small business operations. Local business and industry may provide opportunities for students to job shadow, be mentored, and receive on-the-job training in their career interest area.
½ Work Experience – Provides the student with actual on-the-job training and work responsibilities. This may be an organized internship coordinated by the parent/teacher with a local employer, an apprenticeship to provide the student with an opportunity to develop his skills in a desired trade or occupation, or a student may secure his own part-time job. Students can earn ½ credit per semester as an intern, apprentice, or employee working at least 15 hours per week. A maximum of 1 credit may be recorded on the transcript.
½ General Business – An introduction to business management, types of business organizations, salaries and payroll, taxes, banking and loans, savings, credit, stocks, bonds, insurance, business forms, business law, labor, government’s role in business, the concept of marketing, advertising and promotion, human relations, and business careers.
1 Agriculture – An introduction to the broad scope of agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, floriculture, soil science, animal and plant sciences, food science, forestry, wildlife conservation, agricultural power and technology, agribusiness, related industries and occupations. FFA or 4-H participation highly recommended.
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
½ General Health – This course is designed to inform students of the importance of choosing behaviors that lead to living a healthy lifestyle skills and maintain a healthy environment. Emphasis will be placed on making personally responsible decisions about health related issues. Units on nutrition, eating disorders, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, relationships, disease, and fitness will be taught.
½ First Aid – This course will include American Red Cross first aid training in all aspects of CPR, rescue, breathing and care of a choking victim, heart attacks, and non-breathing victims.
½ Personal Fitness – Designed to increase students’ physical fitness level in preparation for sports or for self-improvement, this personal fitness class focuses on cardiovascular exercise such as biking, running, walking, hiking, swimming, stair climbing, aerobics, etc., with limited weight lifting as well. Students will learn about muscle and bone structure, nutrition and weight control, abdominal workouts, muscle conditioning, stretching, strength training, safety and proper lifting techniques.
½ Physical Education – A well rounded study covering many different types of sports and physical activities. These may include: basketball, softball, kickball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, swimming, karate, gymnastics, track and field, golf, etc.
½ Outdoor Education – A well rounded study covering many different types of seasonal sports and outdoor activities that may include: archery, bicycling, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, snow skiing, etc.
HOME, FAMILY, AND LIFE SKILLS
½ Practical Living Skills – The general areas studied include personal and family relationships, parenting, managing personal income, balancing a checkbook, furnishing and maintaining a home, clothing and appearance, nutrition, meal planning and preparation, etc.
½ Consumer Education – This course focuses specifically on your role and responsibilities as a wise consumer. Topics include: personal finances, income taxes, savings, budgeting, banking services, checking and savings accounts, investing, credit cards, loans, debt, life and health insurance, major purchases (cars and housing), buying vs. renting, contracts, consumer law, identity theft, time and money-saving techniques, and general principles of consumerism.
½ Financial Literacy – Personal finance expert Dave Ramsey will educate and entertain students as they learn how to avoid debt and build wealth. This Foundations in Personal Finance course meets benchmarks and standards in all 50 states, as well as the national standards suggested by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
½ Personal Clothing Management – Offers learning experiences in selecting, buying, and constructing clothing. Study how body structure, the elements of design, and color affect fashion styles. Focus on basic sewing skills, clothing repair and maintenance, and altering ready-to-wear. Designed to encourage student creativity as well as build practical skills.
½ Marriage and Family – An introduction to marriage and family life with emphasis on courtship and preparation for marriage, the roles of husband and wife, balancing work and family, and experiences that bond the family together such as developing family traditions and celebrating holidays.
½ Child Development – This course provides basic knowledge of how children grow and develop from conception to birth, and from birth through early childhood. It is designed to help students understand the roles and responsibilities of parenthood, while focusing on skills needed for babysitting and child-related careers. The course will include such topics as birth defects, child abuse, abortion and adoption. Dolls will be used to simulate real babies. Field trips to a local preschool will be included.
½ Foods and Nutrition – This course is designed to increase basic knowledge and skills in the principles of nutrition, diet and weight management, grocery shopping, menu planning and preparation, following recipes, substituting ingredients, reading ingredient labels, food additives, food storage and preservation. The course will also offer information on planning nutritious meals, the dietary needs of individuals in a variety of situations, and the relationship between eating habits and good health.
½ Housing & Interior Design – The focus of this course is to provide basic knowledge in housing styles, floor plans, design principles, color schemes, furniture style and construction, surface treatments and backgrounds, function of living space, lighting placement, etc.
½ Woodworking – Introduces students to the safe and proper uses of woodworking equipment and power tools. Basic wood working techniques, joints and design functions are covered. Students will complete four projects during this class, with an emphasis on craftsmanship.
½ Auto and Bicycle Mechanics – This course covers the maintenance, repair and servicing of automobiles as well as bicycle maintenance, repair, and mechanical safety check-ups. Students will gain substantial knowledge and understanding of the operation of automobiles and bicycles while receiving hands-on experience in keeping their automobiles and bicycles in good running condition. A physics course might also use the auto shop as a laboratory environment for students to better understand the physics concepts of force, motion, energy, thermodynamics, etc.
½ Driver Education – Driver Ed in a Box® provides the tools needed to teach your teen collision-free driving with techniques and procedures designed with safety in mind. These techniques were developed through years of working with trained driving instructors, experienced fleet drivers, and beginner driver education students. The 17 Videos, 6 Part Audio Series, Textbook, Student Workbook, Parent Companion and Training Mirrors are all fully integrated to guide Parent and Student as you work together to build the skills and habits needed to become a collision-free driver. (Note: Textbook, Student Workbook and 17 videos are imbedded into the Interactive Software.) Driver Ed In A Box® incorporates the best and safest in-car instruction (with over 50 hours of in-car instruction and techniques) to compliment the interactive CD-ROM instruction. Habits and skills are developed for rural, residential, city, and highway driving with special emphasis on specific maneuvers. This program not only stresses the importance of driving safely, but also explains in detail how to do that, from watching out for pedestrians to safety around 18-wheelers. The full course also includes a section on Social & Consumer Issues. This includes how alcohol and drugs as well as emotions and attitude affect driving performance.
½ World Religions – A comparative study of the five major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, as well as Confucianism, Sikhism, and others.
½ History of the Christian Church – A study of Christianity from the Early Church to the dawn of the Reformation, with source material readings. This course places an emphasis on the application of church history to life and ministry and helps the student to understand the development of Christian thought and the formulation of doctrine as part of God’s overall pattern of history. Christian students will find this course to be wonderfully illuminating: it is the study of our family history, or brothers and sisters in the faith, and it helps us to see where we have come from and why our faith takes the form that it does now.
½ Old Testament
½ New Testament
½ Scripture and Daily Living
½ Christian Apologetics
½ History of Education – This course addresses the development of education from an historical, philosophical, political and sociological perspective, from ancient times to the present. It traces the evolution of schools, educational systems and educational thought in the U.S. with a special emphasis on current trends in education, including virtual schools and home education.
½ Library/Media Center – Students in this class will develop research skills using both electronic and print resources. They will learn the arrangement of the print and non-print collection and how to maintain the collection.
½ Study Skills – The purpose of this course is to prepare students for academic success across the disciplines, through the use of study strategies including materials organization, note-taking, reading, test-taking, memory, critical and creative thinking.
½ Speech Communication – This course is designed to show students how to successfully interact with others in personal, professional, and public settings. Students will improve their speaking and listening skills as they learn techniques for effective use of the voice, analyze well-known speeches and professional performances, and practice the oral interpretation of selected works. Speech communication activities will include developing interpersonal skills, intrapersonal awareness, and the organizational and delivery skills for public speaking. Various prepared and extemporaneous oral presentations will include recitation of poems, speeches, or dramatic soliloquies; a report on historical investigation; and a multimedia presentation (a speech that uses computer software to combine several kinds of visual and/or audio aids). Students will gain confidence and improve their ability to speak on video and in front of small groups. Students may also attend local community meetings to practice and observe effective communication.
½ Critical Thinking – Critical thinking is the ability to gather and assess information and evidence in a balanced and reflective way to reach conclusions that are justified by reasoned argument based on the available evidence. Critical thinking is a key skill in the information age, valuable in all disciplines and professions. This introductory course will give you the opportunity to better understand what critical thinking is, and to practice and enhance your critical thinking skills.
½ Introductory Logic – These lessons cover logical statements, fallacies, syllogisms, and many other elements. This course is a thorough introduction and serves as both a self-contained course as well as a preparatory course for more advanced studies. James Nance has also created a set of three videocassettes. He teaches through the Introductory Logic course, expanding upon the ideas presented in the text. He uses a chalkboard and diagrams to help clarify concepts. This multi-sensory approach should help many learners who grasp concepts better by seeing and hearing the presentation. Note that Introductory Logic is used for the first semester, continuing with Intermediate Logic by the same authors for the second semester. Recommended Resource: Introductory Logic, by Douglas Wilson and James Nance (Mars Hill Textbook Series)
½ Intermediate Logic – Covering topics in logic too often reserved for a college course, Intermediate Logic simplifies various elements of propositional and symbolic logic, including truth tables and formal proofs of validity. While this textbook/workbook can be used for one year’s worth of study, older students may work through both Introductory Logic and Intermediate Logic in a school year. 20 lessons/35 exercises. Recommended Resource: Intermediate Logic, by Douglas Wilson and James Nance (Mars Hill Textbook Series)
½ Independent Service – After a training period, the student may earn ½ credit per semester as a student aide, academic tutor, lab assistant, office aide, media and computer aides, and similar support positions. Daily attendance and completion of tasks is required. Independent service can only be taken on a semester basis. A maximum of 1 credit may be recorded on the transcript.
½ Service Learning – The student may earn ½ credit per semester as a volunteer in the community. A maximum of 1 credit may be recorded on the transcript.
½ Leadership – Involvement in community service projects, school activities, and fund raising enables students to develop leadership skills that will enhance employment opportunities. A great opportunity to earn credit while helping others. Students can earn ½ credit per semester for leadership activities. A maximum of 1 credit may be recorded on the transcript.
½ Independent Study – The purpose of the independent study program is enrichment in an instructional area where a student has taken all of the available course work. Independent study may not be used as a substitute for existing or required courses in the curriculum. The rigor of an independent study must be equal to or exceed other curricular offerings in the subject area. In addition, the assessment(s) must illustrate student-learning equal to or above the standards set for the instructional area. Students who participate in the independent study program should be able to work independently and be able to dedicate the time necessary to fulfill the criteria. Independent study can only be taken on a semester basis. A maximum of 1 credit may be recorded on the transcript.
½ Portfolio Development – Recommended for art, design, and honors students. This course is an introduction to portfolios and e-portfolios for anyone interested in showcasing their accomplishments. Learn about and apply the essential aspects of demonstrating growth over time, documenting ongoing learning and development, assessment, and achievements of standards or goals. You will compile, reflect on, and select prior learning experiences and artifacts. Then you will design and produce a portfolio or e-portfolio that documents prior learning to be viewed by your classmates, friends, family members, and whomever else you decide, including potential employers and college representatives.