Online Class Details – American Government/English

6 College Credits Earned: American Government – 3, American Literature – 3

When: Wednesdays, 3 – 4:30 PM, August to late April (Calendar)

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT:

In our text, American Government for Christian Homeschoolers, we review what the Bible says is the true reason for government, the truth about the “separation between church and state,” the superiority of limited government, influences on America’s government (Christianity, Ancient Greece and Rome, the Renaissance, the Reformation, etc.), government types and their strengths and weaknesses, the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation and U. S. Constitution, constitutional amendments, key Supreme Court cases, nullification, political parties, secession, the North/South War’s effect on U. S. government, taxation, endless government agencies, welfare and foreign aid, government spending, great presidential vetoes and pardons, “emergencies” as excuses for government tyranny, pickled beets, and more!

ENGLISH:

American Literature (Book Set: American Literature for Christian Homeschoolers)

  • Volume 1: Essays, Poems, Letters, Speeches – Selections to inspire, enlighten, and tickle the funny bone of students
  • Volume 2: Short Stories – Includes 24 great American short stories!
  • Volume 3: Up from Slavery – An inspiring autobiography by former Alabama slave Booker T. Washington
  • Volume 4: The Magnificent Ambersons – One of America’s finest novels, set in Indiana, a Pulitzer-Prize winner by Booth Tarkington

Students analyze essays, speeches, poems, letters, short stories, a novel, and a biography.  We also review literary elements (theme, plot, character, setting, poetry terms, irony, symbolism, tone, and style), comparing often humanistic worldviews with a Christian view.

Composition:

  • Turn-in essays
  • Two longer essays that contribute toward dual enrollment credits (one longer essay per semester)

No boring essays to write! Compositions often relate to areas of study in other subjects such as American Government and American Literature.  Students receive thorough corrections on their turn-in essays, with the benefit of Scott Clifton’s degree in journalism and his experience as a writer and editor.

Grammar/Vocabulary:

  • Usage and grammar rules (commas, possessive case, gerunds, clauses, and more), reinforced with regular take-home practice worksheets
  • About 85 key vocabulary words (definitions, origins, synonyms, and use in context), also reinforced with take-home practice worksheets

The supply list for students in this class set is here.