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High School Classes

Approximate Grade Levels 9-12

WESTERN CIVILIZATION - Early Modern Times
EIL AMERICAN LITERATURE

In this class, students will study the flow of Western Civilization during the Early Modern time period (approximately 1500-1865), with a special emphasis on our own homeland, the United States of America. Literature selections will complement our study.  This is a two-credit high school level course, so students should expect to spend several hours per week on coursework, mostly consisting of reading. 

 

We will also be making use of the "Land of Hope" videos. They are part of "The Great American Story" course from Hillsdale College.  Students will need to register individually for that course.  This is a free online resource. 

Each student will need to purchase copies of the following books:

  • Land of Hope text 

  • Land of Hope student workbook

  • EIL American Literature student book

FIRST SEMESTER​

  • Of Plymouth Plantation (Bradford)

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Franklin)

  • John Adams (McCullough)

  • Rip Van Winkle (Irving)

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Irving)

  • Pride and Prejudice (Austen)

  • The Last of the Mohicans (Cooper)

  • Fall of the House of Usher & Other Tales (Poe)

SECOND SEMESTER

  • The House of Seven Gables (Hawthorne)

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain)

  • Wuthering Heights (Bronte)

  • Great Expectations (Dickens)

  • Amazing Grace (Metaxas)

  • Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (Equiano)
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (Stowe)

P.E.

Class time will consist of age-appropriate exercises and active games.  All ages will be together for PE.     

INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS - recommended for 9th and up

​​Introductory Physics is a mastery-based physics course that unites unique pedagogical advantages with the excellence and beauty that Novare Science textbooks are known for. Learning to break the “Cram-Pass-Forget Cycle,” Novare students study for long-term retention of course content and deeper science learning. Introductory Physics is a truly ground-breaking approach to science education.

 

The course integrates related subjects of mathematics, history, written and verbal communication, and even a little philosophy to enhance physics and show the natural relatedness of learning. And a unique “kingdom-perspective” ties the study of God’s physical world into the Christian faith in relevant ways without being heavy-handed. 

This book is ideal for 9th grade when most students are concurrently enrolled in Algebra I. There are no prerequisite courses. Each student will need to purchase a copy of Introductory Physics.

CHEMISTRY - recommended for 10th and up

General Chemistry uses a mastery-learning method. In this method, students build comprehension by adding new concepts while reviewing and rehearsing key material throughout the year. This method is implemented in carefully crafted exercises, quizzes, and the textbook narrative, and it facilitates learning, mastery and retention.

Related subjects are integrated into the narrative. The history of modern chemistry, mathematics and technical communication is emphasized throughout. 

This book is appropriate for students concurrently enrolled in Algebra 2. Each student will need to purchase a copy of General Chemistry. 

GOVERNMENT (1st semester) and ECONOMICS (2nd semester)

Using "Exploring Government" by Ray Notgrass, students will learn about the government of the United States from its beginning to the present day, studying the operations of our federal, state, and local governments and focusing on issues we are currently facing.  All textbook work will be done at home.  Supplementary literature, as scheduled in the Notgrass book, will be optional. We will use class time primarily for analysis of current events in the news and how they relate to the workings of our government. 

Using "Exploring Economics" by Ray Notgrass, students will learn about command economies, freemarkets, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and more.  All textbook work will be done at home.  Supplementary literature, as scheduled in the Notgrass book, will be optional. We will continue our focus on current events in the news, relating them to our economic situation. 

Each students will need to purchase the following books:

  • Exploring Government

  • We Hold These Truths

  • Exploring Economics

  • Making Choices

ENRICHMENT

All students will be together for Enrichment classes.  Students may choose from one of the following: 

first semester

HANDICRAFTS & CAMP CRAFTS   -or-   MUSIC HISTORY & APPRECIATION

second semester
 

COLORED PENCIL ART   -or-   GROUP TABLE GAMES

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