MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

History

American Government (One Semester), Grades 10-12

This one semester course is a focused study of U.S Government based on the principles within the Declaration of Independence. It includes a student text which provides background and context along with assignments.  The book of reading contains excerpts from direct sources such as Nicomachean Ethics, The Federalist Papers, Democracy in America and the Second Treatise of Civil Government, along with a number of historic speeches and documents such as the Articles of Confederation, the U.S Constitution and the transcript of the Dread Scott decision, the Gettysburg address and the sixth Lincoln-Douglas Debate. The course will include class discussion, writing assignments, reading assignments as well as memorizing some key documents such as the Declaration of Independence, The Preamble to the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address. This is a government course with a larger purpose than simply covering the mechanics of our government.  Integral issue of freedom vs license, the breakdown of marriage and family as well as the removal of God from public life affecting and how these are civic issues.  It is discussed  that an adherence to the Declaration Principles can offer a blueprint for civic renewal if we choose.

Prerequisite:

  • Students should have finished a course in US History or be taking it concurrently.

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- 4 hours per week

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Exploring Economics (One Semester), Grades 10-­12

Exploring Economics is a one­ semester high school course that helps students understand economic terms and issues that have an impact on the United States and its citizens. This course introduces both microeconomics and macroeconomics, providing one half-­year of credit for high school. Written from a perspective of faith in God and trust in His Word, Exploring Economics surveys Biblical teachings on money and finance, provides an overview of the economic history of the United States, gives a clear explanation of terms and concepts used in economics, discusses economic issues confronting us today, and puts our participation in the national and world economies on a personal level. In a time when economic activity is challenging classic definitions, Exploring Economics reasserts the importance of the free market system and enables students to take part in the economy with knowledge and faith.

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

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Middle School History, Grades 6-8

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@!

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

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US History  Grades 9-12 -- A great companion to American Lit.

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 permit 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.

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

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World History, Grades 9-12-- A great companion for Brit Lit

Exploring World History is a one-year homeschool curriculum 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 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.

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.

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Geography and World Cultures, Grades 8th-11th

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.

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