High School Social Science

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Economics

One semester:  offered fall and spring

Teacher:  TBA

Recommended Grade Level:  9-12

Day and Time:  TBA

Prerequisites:  Algebra 1, high-school level reasoning skills

Course Materials:  Economics Student Textbook (3rd ed.) by BJU Press  *Note: This NEW edition is being released on July 1, 2017. The teacher will post an ISBN number when it becomes available*

Description:  TBA

 

Government

One semester:  offered fall and spring

Teacher:  Michelle Glandon

Recommended Grade Level:  9-12

Day and Time:  Fridays at 11 am  ET

Prerequisites:  None

Course Materials:  Exploring Government by Ray Notgrass, We Hold These Truths by various authors, Guide for Parents by Ray Notgrass, Ten Minutes from Normal by Karen Hughes, Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me by Condoleezza Rice, Constitution in Plain English

Description:  “By learning about the operations of federal, state, and local government, and about issues facing our nation today, students become better equipped to understand, pray for, and be involved in our country’s government.“ – Ray Notgrass American Government is a one-semester course for high school students. This course will provide more than a check mark on your to-do list for high school. We will study the original documents and speeches that built our country with an emphasis on the Biblical basis for our government and constitution. “Is that constitutional?” will be a common question in our discussions. Ray Notgrass’ textbook will act as the spine for our semester together. We will build onto the spine with living books and documents, discussions, writing assignments, and projects. One of our projects will include a small mock trial: Watch out Goldilocks. American Government will come alive and be applicable beyond.

 

History 1:  The Mystery of History I/II: Creation, the Early Church, and the Middle Ages

Full year

Teacher:  TBA

Recommended Grade Level:  9-12

Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 11

Prerequisites:  None

Course Materials:  The Mystery of History Volumes I and II

Description:  This course takes an adventure through time as we explore some of the highlights of times gone by. History is full of fascinating stories about real people and extraordinary events. Students will receive a solid introduction to the Old Testament world, ancient empires, and Jesus Christ. The second part of the year will look into what the first century church looked like and become acquainted with Charlemagne and Robin Hood (who actually existed). Through our textbook, activities, and online lectures and discussion, students will be guided through discovering times of the past from both the Bible and other historical timelines. Would you like to join us?

History 2:  The Mystery of History III: the Renaissance, Reformation and Growth of Nations 

Full year

Teacher:  Linda Lacour Hobar

Recommended Grade Level:  9-12

Day and Time:  TBA

Prerequisites:  None

Course Materials:  The Mystery of History Volume III (Student Reader and Companion Guide)

Description:  Overwhelmed by world history? Need help teaching the Renaissance and Reformation?  Join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for insightful and enriching online classes (live or self-paced) to earn a high school credit. With a Christian worldview of history, let Linda guide your student(s) into a meaningful look at the artists, reformers, explorers, philosophers, kings, emperors, and scientists of the 15th-17th centuries that still influence us today. As Linda writes, so she teaches with passion, warmth, and concern for historical accuracy.  Students will be challenged both inside and outside of class with pretests, mapping exercises, timelines and/or Memory Cards, research projects, literature, quizzes, semester tests, and more to compliment all learning styles.

 

History 3:  American History

Full year

Teacher:  TBA

Recommended Grade Level:  9-12

Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 9 am ET

Prerequisites:  None

Course Materials:  All American History by Bright Ideas Press

Description:  A full year course covering American History from discovery to modern times which will be taught in an engaging, fun manner.  The goal is to make history become alive for the student, and not just something which is read in a textbook. Some personal genealogy will be included as well as a timeline of events and people which will help students connect themselves and their families to historical events. Exciting, quality literature will be read to draw the student into the “story” of history.

 

History 4:  The Mystery of History IV: Wars of Independence to Modern Times

Full year

Teacher:  Linda Hobar

Recommended Grade Level:  9-12

Day and Time:  TBA

Prerequisites:  None

Course Materials: The Mystery of History Volume IV

Description:  Want deep and meaningful insights into modern history? Want a Christian worldview of today’s headlines? Join Linda Lacour Hobar, the author of The Mystery of History Volume IV, for online classes (live or self-paced) to gain a memorable world history high school credit spanning global events from 1708 to modern times.  With a look at composers, tyrants, revolutionaries, presidents, dictators, scientists, artists, and much more, consider the value of studying the last three centuries that shape the news today.  In much the way that Linda writes, Linda teaches with warmth, enthusiasm, and a heart for her students. Students will be challenged both inside and outside of class with pretests, mapping exercises, timelines and/or Memory Cards, research projects, literature, quizzes, semester tests, and more to appeal to all learning styles.

 

North Star Geography

Full year

Teacher: Melissa Craig

Recommended Grade Level:  7-10

Day and Time: Wednesdays at 1 pm ET

Prerequisites:  None

North Star Geography by Tyler Hogan

Description: When your family discusses current events, do you ever feel lost? Where in the world is Brunei? Why has there been unrest in Ukraine? In this course, students will explore the physical and cultural geography of God’s amazing world! By studying physical features such as landforms and climate, and cultural aspects of geography such as politics and religions, students will gain an appreciation of the world around them. Students will complete weekly assignments that include map work and answering questions about the geography of the areas studied. Projects and individual studies allow students to focus in-depth on areas of their interest. This course is a great foundation to prepare students for upper level learning.

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