This is a unique history and critical thinking class for home school students that teaches classical history through games, analysis of history, research, and the Socratic discussion. Students first learn the tools of the historian then apply them to the subject content. Students will read primary sources and history texts and engage in the Socratic discussion. Our course shows students how to use logic and how to search for the truth in history while presenting materials that affirm the best of Western Civilization.
CLASS INFORMATION: (please enroll below)
Course meets once per week, 30 times per year. Ages: Grades 6-8 (5th and 9th graders could also take this course, if it is more convenient for the family. Please realize that 5th graders will have more difficulty with the reading and ideas, and it might be too easy for 9th graders.) Required Materials May Be Purchased Below: 1. World History Detective, Book I, by John De Gree 2. Take a Stand! Medieval Civilizations, by John De Gree 3. Online primary source materials provided free by Mr. De Gree 4. Medieval History Go Fish Game
Reading Content: Students will learn how to read non-fictional writing, focusing on history textbooks and primary source documents. They will learn how to read a textbook for information and analyze primary and secondary sources and recognize bias.
History Content: Students will learn the independent and critical thinking skills specific to the study of history. They will apply these skills to the open-ended, analytical questions in the following topics: 1. The Fall of the Roman Empire 2. Islamic Civilization 3. Medieval China 4. Medieval Africa 5. Medieval Japan 6. Medieval Europe 7. Civilizations of the Americas 8. The Renaissance 9. The Reformation 10. The Scientific Revolution 11. The Age of Exploration
Socratic Discussion: Students will engage the teacher and fellow classmates in the Socratic Discussion, as it pertains to the study of history. Students will learn how search for the truth in honest dialogue. Students will develop strong speaking and listening skills.
First Class Reading Assignment? There is no required reading for the first class. All homework for the year will be given during the class. If a student misses class, he can download the class and watch the recorded version online, anytime of the week.
WHEN does the Course Meet? Wednesday Mornings, PT. Click Here for Schedule. Option to Enroll in RECORDED CLASSES: Only $5 per Class! Enroll your child in this option and he will receive the recorded class each week, to view and learn from at his leisure. This is the most economical way to learn history!
THE TEACHER: Adam De Gree Click here to learn about Adam De Gree
Because there is a limited number of students in each class, and we will hold your place, all registration is final and no refunds are given unless there are extenuating circumstances. However, we will give you a credit for future courses if an unforeseen event arises. COURSE COST: Enroll Through February $350 Enroll Through March $375 Enroll Through April $400 Enroll After April $425
Optional: Essay Writing and Assessment If you want your student to learn how to write history essays and have them graded, we offer this as an option. Students initially watch 2 hours of a "Writing in History" video course and follow along in a book. After these lessons, the students write a one-paragraph essay to the Writing teacher, via email. The teacher then writes suggestions how the students could rewrite the essay. Over the course, the teacher assigns essays based on the discussion course. If the students wishes, they may write more. On average, students write one formal essay every three weeks. Students begin with a one-paragraph essay and move up to writing five-paragraph-or-more-essays. The teacher and student will communicate via email. Questions about this program, please email John De Gree.
Scope and Sequence
If students are signing up for Essay grading, they will be writing persuasive, history essays based on the open-ended Socratic discussion questions that take place throughout the year.