1/7

HUMANITIES:  HISTORY AND LITERATURE____________________

For the 2019-2020 academic year, our humanities history and literature classes for all ages will focus on modern times, from the Civil War 

 

These courses, comprised of both history and literature studies, are the core classes at Heritage. Why? In humanities we encounter great books, we discuss deep ideas, and we are shaped by the stories and characters that we read about. A good story ignites the imagination, forms the soul, shapes a person’s perception of God, self, and life. It is through good literature that children (and adults) perceive what is true, pursue what is beautiful, and grow in wisdom and virtue. In short, our humanities classes are soul shaping because they provide a time for contemplation and conversation centered around the truths of Scripture.  

Heritage Humanities classes are on a 4 year rotation:  Antiquity, Christendom, Early Modern, and Modernity

 

Humanities for Grammar Students (K-3rd):  See Morning Core descriptions. 

Humanities for Grammar Students (4th-6th):  History and Literature Block

HISTORY:  (Thursdays only)

Required materials:   

  •           The Story of the World, Volume 4:  The Modern Age, by Susan Wise Bauer, $15.  (Activity Guide- optional)

  •           New families:  Recommended resource- Classical Conversations Timeline Cards, 4 sets $100

  •           Suggested Historical Fiction books for family read-aloud (not required):   The Wright Brothers by Quentin Reynolds,                   Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene                       Yelchin, The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

Students will follow the course of global events from 1600 to 1850. Geography and information from the CC timeline cards will be included in context. This class will feature history discussion as well as embodied learning through various activities and hands-on projects.

LITERATURE:  (Tuesdays)

"If your student has already read any of these books, all the better. We will explore the idea of rereading and how a Great Book is always new—no matter how many times you’ve read it!" ~Angelina Stanford, classical teacher, speaker, and writer

Required materials:

           Myths, Fairytales, and Shakespeare, provided in class, $5 copy fee 

           The Book of Virtues by William Bennett

           The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

           The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

           The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

           The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

           Literature journal:  provided by Heritage and billed to your account, $10

            Optional Summer Reading:  TBA

Through fairy tales, myths, legends, fables, and classic children’s novels, students will be inspired to seek delight in reading. In class, teachers will lead explorations into literary structure, meaning, and purpose, while looking for evidence of “Big Ideas” throughout the selected texts. These “Big Ideas” include concepts such as goodness, truth, beauty, faith, and courage. 

 Humanities I (7th-8th):  History and Literature

Texts:    "If your student has already read any of these books, all the better. We will explore the idea of rereading and how a Great Book is always new—no matter how many times you’ve read it!" ~Angelina Stanford, classical teacher, speaker, and writer

HISTORY:

           The Story of the World, Volume 4:  The Modern Age, by Susan Wise Bauer

            Two additional historical books, under review 

           Book of Centuries, used for 7th & 8th grade, $12, provided by Heritage and billed to your account

           CC Cycle 2 map, $11, provided by Heritage and billed to your account

 

LITERATURE: 

            Myths and fairytales, provided in class. $5 copy fee

           The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

           The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

           The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

           Animal Farm by George Orwell 

            Shakespeare play:  TBA

           Humanities journal- provided by Heritage and billed to your account, $10

           

 Required Summer Reading:  

           The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

           Bomb:  The Race to Build-- and Steal-- the World's most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin        

 

History:  Students will follow the course of global events from 1850-present. Geography and timeline cards will be included in-context. This class will feature history discussion as well as embodied learning through various activities. 

Literature:  Through fairy tales, myths, legends, fables, and classic novels, students will be inspired to seek delight in reading. In class, teachers will lead explorations into literary structure, meaning, and purpose, while looking for evidence of “Big Ideas” throughout the selected texts. These “Big Ideas” include concepts such as goodness, truth, beauty, faith, and courage. Class time will consist of Socratic discussions in which students interact with the author’s ideas and our culture within a Biblical context. Students will be assigned weekly reading and journaling assignments and will write at least two essays, from the literature, in the high school English class. 

  

Humanities II:  History and Literature  (9th-12th)

Humanities II is a two period class comprised of history and literature studies.  Because history and literature will be integrated, students must take both.  Most students may consider this one history credit plus one-half literature credit.    

HISTORY:

Additional material fee (Due in July):

              Dr. George Grant Lecture CD:  $60 per family

              Student syllabus, $25 per student

              Book of Centuries- 7th-12th grade, $12 for new students

 

Texts: (Tentative List)

        To be announced

The outstanding King's Meadow Christendom curriculum (lecture sample here)  is the centerpiece of this level, along with literary selections from the classic Great Books canon of western civilization. Students will be expected to listen to lectures, complete literature and journaling assignments, keep a Book of Centuries, and prepare presentations and papers outside of class.  For History:  Expect about 2.5-3 hours of work at home per week.

 

LITERATURE:

Texts:  (Tentative List)

             Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

             The Stange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

             Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

             To Kill a Mockingbird by

             Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

             Shakespeare play- TBA

             Oxford's Book of American Verse or a Poetry Reader by Cottage Press

Required Summer Reading:  Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Diebler Rose and one additional literature book TBA

                      

 Students will read and discuss poetry, prose, and short stories that relate to the time period, as well as literary selections from the classic Great Books canon of western civilization. Class time will consist of Socratic discussions in which students interact with the author’s ideas and our culture within a Biblical context. Students will be assigned weekly reading and journaling assignments and will write, from the literature and discussion, two essays in the high school English class.  The weekly reading in this class will be heavy.  For Literature: Expect about 2.5-3 hours of work at home per week.