9 College Credits Earned: U. S. History I – 3, U. S. History II – 3, British Literature – 3
When: Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30 PM EST, August to late April (Calendar)
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.
British Literature (Book Set: British Literature for Christian Homeschoolers)
- 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.
• Turn-in essays
• 12 British Literature project questions, spread throughout the year
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.
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