English + History Class – “11th/12th Grade”
THIS CLASS IS AVAILABLE ONLINE IN 2023-24 AND WILL BE AVAILABLE IN-PERSON IN 2024-25.
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 Thursdays 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.
U. S. HISTORY I & II:
- A Christian/Pro-Limited Government View
- American Music – Regular listenings to and studies of important American pieces (classical, jazz, country, western, gospel, popular)
- Audio-Visuals – Historical AVs, including photos, paintings, television clips, radio broadcasts, political cartoons, and government propaganda posters and films
- American Films – We view several classic uplifting, funny, exciting, and suspenseful American films.
- Games/Activities – Memory games, Taboo, U. S. History Connect Four, Jeopardy!, Pictionary, and more
Book Set: British Literature for Christian Homeschoolers
- Volume 1: Great Works – Classics like 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
- Turn-in essays
- 12 British Literature project questions, spread throughout the year
U. S. History I, U. S. History II
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. American History also includes various audio-visuals like American music pieces, photographs, paintings, documentary film clips, radio clips, full-length films, and more.
Our book set is British Literature for Christian Homeschoolers. Students read great British literature that both uplifts and challenges, and demonstrates 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.
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, etc. 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.