The Basics (More Details Below):
College Credits Earned: 9
(3 for U. S. History I, 3 for U. S. History II, 3 for British Literature).
For more details on college credits, click here.
When, Where: Classes are held on Wednesdays from 9 AM – 2 PM at Community Chapel, at 422 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739, just south of downtown Hendersonville, and just around the corner from Hot Dog World. Classes run from August to late April/early May (calendar here).
U. S. HISTORY I & II:
- A Christian/pro-limited government view
- Key persons, events, movements, terms, and concepts involving U. S. History
- Audio-Visuals – Historical AVs, including photos, paintings, television clips, radio broadcasts, political cartoons, and government propaganda posters and films
We take a close look at a number of important ideas, persons, movements, and events in American history, including the origins of American liberty, America’s “conservative” revolution, the Constitution, the “Civil War” and Reconstruction, World War I, the Great Depression, the “New Deal,” World War II, communism and the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and modern presidencies. We have a number of in-class group studies, activities, and discussions. U. S. History also includes various audio-visuals like photographs, paintings, documentary film clips, and radio clips.
- Volume 1: Great Works – Four classics: Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Macbeth, and Pilgrim’s Progress, each with helpful introductions and extensive footnotes
- Volume 2: Short Stories, Poems, and Essays – Many “capital” new selections! I’ve sorted through literally hundreds of short stories and essays and chosen the very best, with many hidden gems I’ll guarantee you’ve never even heard of.
- Volume 3: Jane Eyre – An inspiring, edifying novel with a great Christian message. I used to think this one was just for girls. It isn’t.
- Volume 4: Great Expectations – One of the world’s all-time classics, by Charles Dickens
These selections uplift and challenge students, and they demonstrate various aspects of British history and culture. We discuss literary elements such as theme, plot, character, setting, metaphor, irony, symbolism, tone, and style. The sometimes humanistic worldviews of the authors are compared with a Christian worldview.
British Literature also includes composition writing. These compositions often relate to other U. S. History and British Literature subjects. Topics include a satirical essay on a modern topic, a character sketch, news articles, and a British Literature project. Students receive detailed corrections on their turn-in essays, with the benefit of Scott Clifton’s degree in journalism and his writing and editing experience.
U. S. History I
Includes the study of ancient, British, and other influences on U. S. political thought; English migrations to America and colonial origins of American liberty; the American Revolution; the “Principles of ’98”; the “American System”; political parties; the compact vs. nationalist theory; North/South division and war; and Reconstruction. U. S. History I also includes various audio-visuals like American music, documentary film clips, radio clips, paintings, photographs, and more.
U. S. History II
Includes the study of the post-Reconstruction era, “big business,” World War I, the 1920s, The Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, civil rights, and 20th-century U. S. Presidents. U. S. History II also includes various audio-visuals like American music, documentary film clips, radio clips, paintings, photographs, and more.
British Literature (Includes Composition)
Our book set is British Literature for Christian Homeschoolers. Students read classic British novels, plays, essays, poems, and short stories known not only for their timeless literary merit, but for their elucidation of British culture and history. We discuss literary elements such as theme, plot, character, setting, metaphor, irony, symbolism, tone, and style. The sometimes-humanistic worldviews of the authors are compared with a Christian worldview. And no boring essays to write! Compositions are related to U. S. History and British Literature topics, including news articles, a satirical essay, and a character sketch poem. Students receive detailed corrections on their turn-in essays, with the benefit of Scott Clifton’s degree in journalism and his writing and editing experience.
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