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High School


9th - 12th Grades

Anchor offers a variety of High School courses designed to meet the varied needs of our students. Our selection includes core subjects on many levels, along with unique electives, all designed to nurture a well-rounded, God-focused student.


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To register for the the 2020-2021 School Year click here: Class Registration

Middle and High School CLASSES


 FITNESS CAnchor IEW WRITING (7th-9th Grade)
MAPPING the WORLD by HEART PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY'S ARTISTS and ME 

                                                                                                                                                      

High School CLASSES


AMERICAN GOVERNMENTAMERICAN HISTORYAMERICAN LITERATURE
BIOLOGYCREATIVE WRITINGESSAY WRITING
FORENSIC SCIENCE IFORENSIC SCIENCE IIFOUNDATIONS of CHEMISTRY
HEALTH and WELLNESSMECHANICS of WRITINGPUBLIC SPEAKING
WORLD HISTORYWORLD LITERATUREDRUG AWARENESS


TUTOR:  Becky Van Rees - governmentmrs.vr@gmail.com

REQUIRED TEXT:  Exploring Government* Curriculum Package by Ray Notgrass (*While this curriculum is written as a 1/2-credit high school course, the tutor will be supplementing with other activities and resources to create a full 1-credit course.) 

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $273    MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to heavy 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   In this course, students will study Biblical teachings about government and leadership, definitions and historical examples of different forms of government, and the background to the American constitutional system. The course provides a thorough study of the U.S. Constitution and the workings of the federal government. Students will also study state and local government, the revenue and budgeting process, international relations, specific issues that government faces today, and the ways individual citizens can be involved in government. We will read primary source documents and essays about government to complement the lessons. To demonstrate understanding, students will delineate and construct viable arguments, participate in Socratic Seminars and discussions, engage in historical simulations, and create multi-media presentations.     

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TUTOR: Gayla Kingston

REQUIRED TEXTS: TBD by instructor

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:30

COURSE FEE:  $273     MATERIALS FEE:  $20

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class will follow a PIE (People, Inventions, Events) concept as we explore the span of America from the 1700s - 2000s. The class will discuss/study key people, inventions or events that created change within the American culture. The Fall semester will focus on 1700-1800s with the Spring semester focusing on 1900-2000s. Students will be expected to complete reading selections and all classwork in advance of class as required. Students will complete a semester project focusing on the invention they believe is the most significant for that century.                                                                                                                                                   

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TUTOR: Gayla Kingston

REQUIRED TEXTS: TBD by instructor

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursday 10:30 - 12:00

COURSE FEE:  $273     MATERIALS FEE:  $20

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class will follow a PIE (People, Inventions, Events) concept as we explore great literary works from American authors spanning from the 1700s - 2000s. Focus will be divided between poetry, novels, essays and short stories. Students will be expected to complete reading selections and all classwork in advance of class as required. Students will complete multiple literary analysis essays as well as explorations within poetry during the course.   

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TUTOR: Laura Thompson

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Tutor will send a supply list via email.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks fall semester

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays: 9:00- 10:30 or 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $129    MATERIALS FEE:  $45 

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  From Ancient Art to Van Gough and Frida Kahlo, in this class we will learn the inspirational stories about artists of the past and use their art techniques to create original artwork.  This class will take fine art learning to the next level and lead the students to create artwork that reflects themselves or that conveys a message.  Journals will log artists and techniques which will ultimately create a wonderful reference book. Using the styles of watercolor, painting, ink, mixed-media and printmaking, the class will connect to the past and create pieces of art that express what resonates with the students today.

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TUTOR:  Trisha Pellegrino
REQUIRED TEXT:  Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Ed. textbook 

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30
COURSE FEE:  $
273  MATERIALS FEE:  $50, includes lab supplies

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This college-preparatory biology course will provide a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology, with a strong emphasis on hands-on activities and laboratory experimentation.  Students will explore God’s Creation from the microscopic world of single cell bacteria, fungi, and protozoa to the complex organisms of the animal and plant kingdoms.  Class will be comprised of lecture,  homework review, microscopy, laboratory experiments, dissections, and other hands-on activities.  Upon completion of this course, students will be well-versed in the 5 kingdoms of Creation.  Grades will be based on homework completion, research topics, lab participation and performance on chapter tests.                                                                                                                                                                           

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High School- CREATIVE WRITING (SPRING ONLY)

TUTOR: Stephanie Day

REQUIRED TEXT:

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /17 weeks

CLASS TIME:  SPRING ONLY Thursdays at 9:00

COURSE FEE:  $150     MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate 

PREREQUISITE: Students should be proficient writers and have exoperience in structured essay writing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this one semester course, students will have the opportunity to unleash their imaginations and spark their creativity through their writing.  Completion of writing assignments such as short stories, blog posts and poetry will allow students to fully develop their creativity and give them different outlets to express themselves.  Students will not just be writing; they will be expanding their vocabulary, learning pre-writing strategies, and using story elements such as plot, character development, and conflict to create amazing, creative writing pieces. Students will be required to come to class fully prepared, having completed all assigned work and ready to fully participate.

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TUTOR:  Melissa Dell
CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Thursday 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $129    MATERIALS FEE:  $20

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

GRADE LEVEL: 10th-12th

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

Students who take this class can expect a high quality, fun and engaging learning experience. The course has been designed for teenagers, with language and examples to which they can relate. The goal of this class is to aid in prevention of risky behaviors that arise from substance abuse among teens. Research shows that early intervention is the key to stopping and slowing down drug and alcohol use, abuse, and addiction.

Students can expect to learn about the risks and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse. They will be exposed to information about the various types of drugs that exist, the effects they have on the brain and body, and the damage they can cause. They will learn about alcohol use and addiction and the long lasting damage alcohol can cause to one’s physical, emotional, social, and academic health. The course is loaded with DUI and drug driving statistics as well as data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes of Health that illustrates the damaging effects of drugs and alcohol. Students will learn an array of new coping skills to improve their self-esteem, and help better equip them to make educated choices. This is a "must take" class for any high school student. Grades will be based primarily upon homework completion, class participation and, lab performance, but also cooperative assignments, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests.

TUTOR:  Cathy Backhaus

REQUIRED TEXTIEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) The Elegant Essay: Building  Blocks for Analytical Writing (student book)  by Lesha Myers. Third Edition, 2011 - Copyright Date: 2006

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $273     MATERIALS FEE:  $30

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate. Weekly textbook reading assignments plus worksheets.  After a review of the IEW elements of structure & stylistic techniques and completion of the material, there will be weekly essay writing assignments. Finally, weekly literature work will be required in the second semester.

GRADE LEVEL: 9th-12th (Priority given to 9th graders)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: As stated in the IEW catalog, “The Elegant Essay walks students through the entire essay-building process.  From captivating introductions, to compelling descriptions and convincing conclusions, students learn to bring their words and their arguments to life.” During the second semester, in addition to practicing our essay writing skills, we will be studying and analyzing various books such as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. A book list will be sent to all enrolled students once completed.

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TUTOR:  Kayla Handly

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Comfortable clothing and sneakers

CLASS LENGTH:  40 mins.

CLASS TIME:  2:30-3:10 

COURSE FEE:  $124/24 weeks (follows Elementary dates)

MATERIALS FEE:  None

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class will be 40 minutes of high-energy and fun-filled activity, starting with a dynamic warm-up, a series of exercises, and ending with games. By making exercise fun, students get excited to move around. Moving around results in becoming physically stronger and more energetic. It's a great first step on the road to cultivating a lifetime of health and fitness!

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TUTOR:  Melissa Dell
REQUIRED TEXT:  Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations, 2nd Edition, by Anthony J. Bertino and Patricia Bertino

ISBN-13: 978-1305077119; ISBN-10: 1305077113

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30 

COURSE FEE:  $273    MATERIALS FEE:  $50

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

GRADE LEVEL: 10th-12th

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course offers a hands-on, laboratory experience that integrates concepts learned in biology, chemistry, and physics to strengthen individual skills in scientific reasoning and observation. Using inquiry-based methods, students will learn basic scientific and mathematical methods and models required in forensic science. The course also includes examination of physical evidence, correct crime scene protection and investigation, and observation skills. Course topics will also include: hair, fiber, and textile analysis, forensic botany and soil analysis, fingerprints, DNA profiling, blood and spatter analysis, forensic toxicology, casts, firearms and ballistics, forensic entomology, forensic anthropology, manner and mechanism of death, etc.  Upon completion of this course, students will have a strong foundation in forensic science. Grades will be based on homework completion, cooperative assignments, projects, presentations, lab performance, quizzes, and tests.     

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TUTOR:  Melissa Dell
REQUIRED TEXT:  Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations, 2nd Edition, by Anthony J. Bertino and Patricia Bertino

ISBN-13: 978-1305077119; ISBN-10: 1305077113

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 10:30 -12:00

COURSE FEE:  $273    MATERIALS FEE:  $50

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

GRADE LEVEL: 10th-12th

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course offers a hands-on, laboratory experience that integrates concepts learned in biology, chemistry, and physics to strengthen individual skills in scientific reasoning and observation. Using inquiry-based methods, students will learn basic scientific and mathematical methods and models required in forensic science. The course also includes examination of physical evidence, correct crime scene protection and investigation, and observation skills. Course topics will also include: hair, fiber, and textile analysis, forensic botany and soil analysis, fingerprints, DNA profiling, blood and spatter analysis, forensic toxicology, casts, firearms and ballistics, forensic entomology, forensic anthropology, manner and mechanism of death, etc.  Upon completion of this course, students will have a strong foundation in forensic science. Grades will be based on homework completion, cooperative assignments, projects, presentations, lab performance, quizzes, and tests.     

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TUTOR:  Trisha Pellegrino
REQUIRED TEXT:  
Friendly Chemistry

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 10:30-12:00
COURSE FEE:  $273  MATERIALS FEE:  $50, includes lab supplies

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will be a complete lab chemistry course with emphasis on understanding the concepts, without advanced mathematical calculations.   There will still be some basic math and computations. The text chosen, uses simple language and a multitude of analogies to make learning easier.   Class time will include games, activities and lab experiences to make the concepts clear and readily retained! Topics Covered include: lab safety /equipment /measurements, Atomic Theory, Trends of the Periodic Table of Elements, Quantum Mechanics (Electron Arrangement), Ion Formation, Compound Formation, Bonding, Avogadro's Number and the Mole, Calculation of Formula Weights and Percent Composition, Writing and Classifying Chemical Reactions, Balancing Chemical Equations, Stoichiometry (predicting quantitative outcomes of reactions and predicting necessary amounts of reactants to produce a desired amount of product), Solutions and Molarity, and properties of gases.  Grades will be based on homework completion, research topics, lab participation and performance on chapter tests.

In addition to the text this manipulatives set is required:  Purchase here from Rainbow Resource                                                                         

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TUTOR: Megan Copeland

REQUIRED TEXT:  Abeka Health In Christian Perspective* (Available through Christianbook.com)

*SPECIAL NOTE:  The resource chosen for this class has a supplemental portion in the back of the book that does contain information the parent will want to discuss with their child.  Those additional topics include biblical discernment on suicide prevention, euthanasia, substance abuse, organ donation, and abortion.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./17 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Spring Thursdays 1:00-2:30

COURSE FEE:  $150     MATERIALS FEE:  $40

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to Moderate

GRADE LEVEL: 9th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this course, the Health in Christian Perspective textbook will be used as a foundation for meeting our learning objectives. This class will encourage 9th-12th graders to make health and wellness a priority!  All material will be taught from the biblical perspective that our bodies were created as temples for the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) and that making wise choices can affect our health and ultimately our ability to further God’s Kingdom. Throughout the semester we will address various topics to include developing a healthy body, maintaining personal health, keeping a sound mind, practicing personal safety, administering first aid, preventing diseases, avoiding drug and alcohol abuse, pursuing right relationships and biblical discernment regarding current topics (i.e. abortion, euthanasia, suicide, organ donation, addictions, etc.). Students will gain a deeper understanding of required nutrients during various life stages, harmful ingredients that are hidden in our foods and hygiene products, etc..  The students' knowledge will be expanded beyond the level of the text using powerpoint presentations, creative projects, and hands-on activities. Students will be encouraged to work both as a group and independently to research topics that are of interest to them. Materials fees will be used to purchase all necessary materials for food tastings, copies, and classroom activities.  Quizzes will be given to encourage an awareness of material and to measure comprehension of topics discussed.  Grades will be given based on class attendance, participation, projects, and quizzes. The workbook for this course will require minimal assignments to be completed at home. There will be some class time set aside for completion of individual and group projects. 

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TUTOR:  Cathy Backhaus

PREREQUISITE: Because this level of IEW moves at a more rapid pace, it is recommended that a student who is new to IEW be able to write an organized paragraph with a clear topic sentence and complete body sentences before enrolling in this course.  If there is uncertainty about the placement of a 7th grader in an IEW class, it would be beneficial to speak with Mrs. Backhaus before registering. 

REQUIRED TEXT & MATERIALS:  Modern World History-Based Writing Lessons, 2nd Edition; Jan. 2020 by Lori Verstegen; Copyright date-Jan. 2020 (Student Book Only)

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 9:00-10:30

COURSE FEE:  $273    MATERIALS FEE:  $45

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Approximately 30-45 minutes daily; varies from student to student.

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-9th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class will develop composition, grammar, and vocabulary skills while students write about World history. Incrementally, instruction will cover all the IEW models of structure and elements of style, including grammar rules, vocabulary, and stylistic techniques. We will be writing narrative stories, poetry, research papers, critiques, formal five-paragraph essays with proper formatting, and summarizing references. Daily journal entries to provide practice of written expression will be assigned every other week throughout the year.  In addition, we will complete weekly FIX-IT Grammar editing worksheets which will boost the students’ general ability to communicate through the written word.

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TUTOR:  Cathy Backhaus

TEXT USED BY TUTOR ONLY:  Mapping the World/USA by Heart by David Smith.  Student does not need to purchase text.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Each student will need an atlas, which will be ordered by the tutor. 

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./32 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 6th-12 Grades

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 3:00-4:00

COURSE FEE:  $180     MATERIALS FEE:  $60

Please note that a large portion of the Materials Fee will be used to purchase a complete set of student maps for each student and the graphing paper used for this course.

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

GRADE LEVEL: 6th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Students will learn to read and create maps of the world through David Smith's Mapping the World by Heart.  This will be a hands-on class with students learning how to understand maps and will be able to create their own world map by the end of the year.  For more information please refer to www.mapping.com. (No purchase necessary)

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TUTOR: Stephanie Day

REQUIRED TEXT:

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays at 10:30

COURSE FEE:  $273     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to give students who struggle with writing an opportunity to improve upon the skill sets they need to write effectively and confidently.  Students will learn or build upon their knowledge of sentence structure and develop the ability to compose complex sentences that reflect extended thinking. They will also work toward developing paragraphs that have clear topic sentences and supporting sentences that are cohesive and fluent.  Students will learn to summarize, use transition words, plan, outline, revise and edit their paragraphs as they move from writing single paragraph to multi-paragraph papers. This course will provide students with the confidence they need to write across subject areas. Students will be required to complete all assignments, know how to use google docs, and come to class prepared to participate and grow as writers.

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TUTOR: Tina Jenkins

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:  A computer with photo editing software of the student's choice; a DSLR Camera (IMPORTANT:  Point-and-shoot cameras are not allowed. The camera must have manual mode.) 

CLASS LENGTH:  60 mins./32 weeks 

CLASS TIME:  Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 

COURSE FEE:  $180    MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light to Moderate

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This is a fun, hands-on class with lots of activity.  We will begin the year with the history of photography and quickly progress to learning to use our cameras in manual mode. Students will be required to upload images weekly to a class site.  We will work through the basics of photography in the first part of the year by composing technique photos. These will be compiled in an album created by the student on the Shutterfly website.  The last part of the year, the students will collaborate to create a photo story utilizing the techniques they have learned. This photo story will also be created on the Shutterfly site, and a copy will be printed for each student to use in their portfolio review.  We will end the year with a photography exhibition. Each student will be required to submit two 8x10 matted prints for this end-of-year event.  This class will be graded by the tutor to encourage students to complete their assignments in a timely manner.  Important Note:  Students will be required to print their own album containing their technique photos at their own cost from Shutterfly.com.  The album with the collaborative photo story will be printed by the tutor for the class. It will be an additional cost at the end of the year and is dependent upon the length of the album and other factors, but cost will be kept to a minimum.

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High School- PUBLIC SPEAKING(FALL ONLY)

TUTOR: Stephanie Day

REQUIRED TEXT:

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /15 weeks

CLASS TIME:  FALL ONLY Thursdays at 9:00

COURSE FEE:  $129    MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Public speaking can be both intimidating and scary.  This one semester course is designed to equip students with the skills needed to effectively communicate in both written and oral form.  Through a combination of fun weekly activities and individual presentations, students will build their confidence and skill sets. The skills learned in this class will help them with confidence, class presentations, volunteer opportunities, leadership opportunities and so much more.  Presentations will include readings, expository speeches, an elevator pitch and sales pitch. Students will be required to fully participate in all classroom activities and prepare during the week for any presentations assigned.

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TUTOR: Laura Thompson

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Tutor will send a supply list via email.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./17 weeks Spring semester

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays: 9:00- 10:30 or 10:30-12:00

COURSE FEE:  $150    MATERIALS FEE:  $55 

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

COURSE DESCRIPTIONIn this class students will learn the inspirational stories about artists of today and use their art techniques to create original artwork.  This class will take fine art learning to the next level and lead the students to create artwork that reflects themselves or that conveys a message.  Journals will log artists and techniques which will ultimately create a wonderful reference book. Using the styles of watercolor, painting, ink, mixed-media and printmaking, the class will connect to artists of today and create their own expressive art.

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TUTOR: Becky Van Rees

REQUIRED TEXT: Glencoe World History Modern Times by McGraw-Hill Education ISBN-13: 978-0078745270 or ISBN-10: 0078745276 

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays at 1:00

COURSE FEE:  $273     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to heavy 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   This course will investigate the political and cultural forces in history which have shaped our world as we know it today.  Students will develop an understanding of historical events and ideas through the analysis of a variety of texts and perspectives. To demonstrate understanding, students will delineate and construct viable arguments, participate in Socratic Seminars and discussions, engage in historical simulations, and create multi-media presentations.  Topics to be investigated will include:  The Scientific Revolution; the Enlightenment; the revolutions in the Atlantic World; the Opium Trade and changing China; Shifting ideologies (Darwinism, socialism, communism, fascism, Nazism); Colonial and imperial encounters in the African Congo-Free State; World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Expectations include daily readings of historical texts and weekly online class participation.           

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TUTOR:  Becky Van Rees

REQUIRED TEXT:  

1.) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo ISBN: 978-1-4165-0026-1

     Les Miserables SUMMER READING: FANTINE pages 3 - 134, COSETTE pages 135 - 216,     MARIUS pages 217 - 294 

2.) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - ISBN: 978-0-141-43974-7

3.) Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction by Joseph Conrad - ISBN-13: 978-0140186529; ISBN-10: 0140186522

4.) All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - ISBN: 978-0-449-21394-0

5.) Animal Farm by George Orwell - ISBN: 978-0-451-52634-2

6.) Night by Elie Wiesel - ISBN: 978-0-374-50001-6 (all students will need to have the same copy, specifics will be listed in the Syllabus)

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. /32 weeks

CLASS TIME:  Thursdays at 10:30

COURSE FEE:  $273     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate to heavy 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Researcher M. J. Adler stated, “We must teach by asking questions, by leading discussions, by helping students to raise their minds up from a state of understanding or appreciating less to a state of understanding or appreciating more.” This is the approach we will take in World Literature Socratic Seminar. Designed to be paired with the Modern World History class, your child will gain a deeper understanding of world events as they delve into discovering the historical, political, and socio-economic situations revealed in classic prose and poetry.  Students will have the opportunity to make meaning of texts through careful analysis and student-led discussions. In the course, students will read Les Miserables to understand class struggles, Oliver Twist to see the effects of the Industrial revolution, and Heart of Darkness to consider the consequences of imperialism.  They will dissect All Quiet on the Western Front to understand the horrors of trench warfare, Animal Farm to consider Orwell’s unique take on fascism and communism, and Elie Wiesel’s Night to capture the depravity of the Holocaust.   Expectations include daily reading of assigned works, journaling, creation of questions that will direct weekly class seminars, contribution to the class blog, and routine written analyses.   

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