Enrollments Begin August 1st

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Speech and Debate_Master GLAM

This is our Master Copy of Competitive Speech and Debate, It isn't meant for enrollment, but look on the site home page course list about mid-July with the live option seating on August 1st starting starting at noon Central. 

Description:

† Contains distinctly Christian content

Competitive Speech & Debate is a 20-week course designed to quickly take novice public speakers through the basics of speech-craft and prepare them for effective competitive debating. Students who complete this course will be well prepared to join speech and debate tournaments in their area, or simply improve their ability to effectively present and defend their ideas.

This will be a rigorous high school level course and will require approximately one hour each weekday out of class for research and preparation.

Requirements:

No text is needed, but students must have a means to share their speech and participate in debate. Some performances will be live in the online classroom and others the student will provide a recording link for instructor and peer review. All students must have a webcam, headset with microphone (quality of audio will play a part in scoring), and access to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file hosting account (Drop Box, Google Drive, One Drive, etc.) to post their own speech recordings.

To accommodate families that have blocked YouTube on their student's computers, our example presentations are provided through ViewPure. Please white list this website. Students that use YouTube to host their performances will be instructed how to adjust their video sharing settings to viewable but unlisted and how to use ViewPure to get a link classmates can view to put in to peer reviewed activities. 

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Voted 9 most needed (new) course for the 2016/17 school year.

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Teachers - 

Teaching -

This course has only run one time several years ago when we have a volunteer teacher that was a competitive speech and debate team leader and judge. The course si loaded with her experience int he design of the slides as well as recordings of live classes from when she and another experiences teacher taught it. If you have an interest in competitive speech and debate this would be an excellent course to teach in to really learn it well. 

      • Expected demand - When it ran the first time a few years ago, we fit everyone in to one sessions; however, we have grown a lot since then. I suspect we will need two.
      • One class per week for a 20 week course (18 lessons, but two more session needed just to give everyone enough class time to all get at least three live speeches in. 

Preparation - 

Watching the recording of the live class from year's past would run about an hour each week. Follow-up to the live class to enter the scores into the grade book for the students that perform theirs live that session would add an extra 30 minutes after class. 

Graders - 

Grading in this course will take longer per student than in most courses, so we will need a large number of graders to keep up. It will be rubric-based scoring of video that students submit of their speeches. Most will run under 5- minutes each, but expect that you will need to stop the recording, rewind, and scan for the key points being scored. I estimate only one speech per 15 minutes can be scored per grader.   

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Age: Grades 3-middle school. 

Schedule:

Tuesdays or Wednesday at noon CST

Wednesdays at noon CST

    • Start Date: Sept 4-8
    • Thanksgiving Break: Nov 20-24
    • Christmas Break: Dec 18-Jan 5
    • Easter Break: Mar 19-30
    • End Date: June 4-8

Seating Information:

This is our 2017/18 school year live seating copy of Fix It Grammar - Book 1 - The Nose Tree.

Early seating families are enrolling now. Use the key given in the Early Seating course page.

General seating will open on August 1st at Noon Central and run for 24 hours. General seating is not first come first serve it is lottery-based, so no need to feel rushed to be on the site at noon when so many are on. Come on in later in the day and the site will be faster. We literally have thousands on at the same time in that first hour. Live classes are very popular and if we do not have enough seats for all in general seating that want in, we will seat for what we do have and then call for more volunteers to step up and open more seats as they do and then run the lottery again. We extend the search for more volunteers for about two weeks.  

Description:

Fix-it! Grammar Book 1: The Nose Tree is the recommended starting book for any child in grades 3-12. If you feel that your child would find this book too simple, they may take a placement test.  The placement test is found at this link. If they pass the placement test, they may move on to a higher level book.

This class is not meant to fulfill a full English credit.  It should require 15 minutes a day, 3 or 4 days a week, plus the online class time (30-45 minutes) once a week.  This will be a total of about 1 1/2 hours a week.

Cathy Duffy's review of Fix-it Grammar

Required Text

 

Requirements for this class

  1. Each family must own The Nose Tree Teacher Manual. This is for copyright purposes and also so that the parent can help their student as needed. 

The Nose Tree TM

  • Each student needs a copy of the student book. The teacher manual includes a link to download a copy of the student book for free. You can either print the student book or buy one preprinted.
  • Access to a dictionary is needed.
  • The student needs the ability to upload a clear picture or scanned copy of the handwritten weekly rewrite to be graded by the teacher.
  • A headset will be a huge help in the online classroom so that the student can speak in the mic without echoing.
  • Please be sure that viewpure.com is on the list of allowed sites for your family.

What this course offers

Once a week, the teacher will meet in the online classroom with the students to correct the students' edits from the previous week, review the vocabulary words, teach the current week's lesson, and do the Day 1 passage for the current week together.

During the week, the kids are responsible for rewriting the previous week's passage that has now been corrected in the live class, uploading that rewrite for a grade, finishing the current week's edits, defining the week's vocabulary words, and being at the next live class ready to discuss their edits.

Also offered on the course page are weekly grammar cards and vocabulary cards to study via Quizlet. Quizzes on these cards will appear periodically.  The quizzes are optional and at the discretion of the parents.  It will not adversely affect the students' grade if they are not taken. They were created to be used by families who needed or wanted extra grades.

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GLAM

This class is full.

Schedule:

Tuesdays at 1:00 PM CST

Wednesdays at 1:00 PM CST

Thursday at noon CST

  • Start Date:  September 4-8
  • Thanksgiving Break:  November 20-24
  • Christmas Break:  December 18-January 5
  • Easter Break:  March 19-30
  • End Date: June 4-8 

Description:

Fix-it! Grammar Book 2: Robin Hood is the second book in the Fix-it Grammar series. Book 1: The Nose Tree is the recommended starting book for any child in grades 3-12. If you feel that your child would find Book 1 too simple, they may take a placement test.  The placement test is found at this link. If they pass the placement test, they may move to Book 2.

This class is not meant to fulfill a full English credit.  It should require 15 minutes a day, 3 or 4 days a week, plus the online class time (30-45 minutes) once a week.  This will be a total of about 1 1/2 hours a week.

Cathy Duffy's review of Fix-it Grammar

Required Text

Requirements for this class

Each family must own The Robin Hood Teacher Manual. This is for copyright purposes and also so that the parent can help their student as needed.

Each student needs a copy of the student book. The teacher manual includes a link to download a copy of the student book for free. You can either print the student book or buy one preprinted.

Access to a dictionary is needed.

The student needs the ability to upload a clear picture or scanned copy of the handwritten weekly rewrite to be graded by the teacher.

A headset will be a huge help in the online classroom so that the student can speak in the mic without echoing.

Please be sure that viewpure.com is on the list of allowed sites for your family.

What this course offers

Once a week, the teacher will meet in the online classroom with the students to:

correct the students' edits from the previous week

review the vocabulary words from the previous week

teach the current week's lesson

and do the Day 1 passage for the current week together.

During the week, the kids are responsible for:

rewriting the previous week's passage that has now been corrected in the live class

uploading that rewrite for a grade

finishing the current week's edits

defining the week's vocabulary words

and being at the next live class ready to discuss their edits.

Also offered on the course page are weekly grammar cards and vocabulary cards to study via Quizlet. Quizzes on these cards will appear periodically.  The quizzes are optional and at the discretion of the parents.  It will not adversely affect the students' grade if they are not taken. They were created to be used by families who needed or wanted extra grades.

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Teaching - 

    • For each session you take, it is a once weekly, 45 minute to one-hour class session plus a 15- minute pre-class sign in to greet students and set up.
    • Schedule – This is a full year, 34 week class.
    • Preparation - Each week has a slide set ready for you. Teaching plans come directly from the Teacher manual. Preparation for class should be minimal- reading through the lesson and glancing through the slides.


Graders - 

  • Grading Type -  Students are asked to submit their weekly rewrites. Graders will choose ONE of those sentences to check for errors- removing 1 point for each mistake. Other optional quizzes are graded automatically.
  • Need - A minimum of two hours of grading a week per class. Teacher manual is needed for grading.

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Fix It 3

This class is full

Schedule:

Tuesday at 8:00 AM CST

or 

Wednesday at 11:00 AM CST

  • Start Date:  August 28-September 1
  • Thanksgiving Break:  November 20-24
  • Christmas Break:  December 18-January 5
  • Easter Break:  March 19-30
  • End Date: June 4-8 

Description:

Book 3 is intended for grades 6-12. If you are new to Fix-it Grammar, please have your child take the placement test to be sure they are ready for Book 3.

Please note: Fix-it! Grammar Book 1: The Nose Tree is the recommended starting book for any child in grades 3-12. If you feel that your child would find this book too simple, they may take a placement test.  The placement test is found at this link. If they pass the placement test, they may move on to a higher level book, such as this book Fix-it Grammar Book 3, Frog Prince, or Just Deserts.

This class is not meant to fulfill a full English credit.  It should require 15 minutes a day, 3 or 4 days a week, plus the online class time (30-45 minutes) once a week.  This will be a total of about 1 1/2 hours a week.

Cathy Duffy's review of Fix-it Grammar

Required Text

 

Requirements for this class

  1. Each family must own The Frog Prince, or Just Deserts Teacher Manual. This is for copyright purposes and also so that the parent can help their student as needed. 

  • Each student needs a copy of the student book. The teacher manual includes a link to download a copy of the student book for free. You can either print the student book or buy one preprinted.
  • Access to a dictionary is needed.
  • The student needs the ability to upload a clear picture or scanned copy of the handwritten weekly rewrite to be graded by the teacher.
  • A headset will be a huge help in the online classroom so that the student can speak in the mic without echoing.
  • Please be sure that viewpure.com is on the list of allowed sites for your family.

What this course offers

Once a week, the teacher will meet in the online classroom with the students to correct the students' edits from the previous week, review the vocabulary words, teach the current week's lesson, and do the Day 1 passage for the current week together.

During the week, the kids are responsible for rewriting the previous week's passage that has now been corrected in the live class, uploading that rewrite for a grade, finishing the current week's edits, defining the week's vocabulary words, and being at the next live class ready to discuss their edits.

Also offered on the course page are weekly grammar cards and vocabulary cards to study via Quizlet. Quizzes on these cards will appear periodically.  The quizzes are optional and at the discretion of the parents.  It will not adversely affect the students' grade if they are not taken. They were created to be used by families who needed or wanted extra grades.

Teachers - 

  • Teaching - 
    • Demand History – This is a new class for 2017-2018. I estimate that we will need 2 sessions of Book 3.
    • For each session you take, it is a once weekly, 45 minute to one-hour class session plus a 15- minute pre-class sign in to greet students and set up.
    • Schedule – This is a full year, 35 week class.
    • Preparation - Each week has a slide set ready for you. Teaching plans come directly from the Teacher manual. Preparation for class should be minimal- reading through the lesson and glancing through the slides.


Graders - 

  • Grading Type -  Students are asked to submit their weekly rewrites. Graders will choose ONE of those sentences to check for errors- removing 1 point for each mistake. Other optional quizzes are graded automatically.
  • Need - We need graders to run this class. I estimate one or two hours of grading a week per class. Teacher manual is needed for grading.

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IEW Following Narnia 1

This class filled during Early Seating and we are looking for more volunteer teachers. We cannot open to general seating though if we still need volunteers for early seating group. Anyone that is willing to step up and teach another session can open it up. 

Recommended For Students Grade 6 to 8

It is suggested that they have at least some experience with IEW

Seating Information:

This is our 2017/18 school year live seating copy of IEW Following Narnia 1 - The Lion's Song.

Early seating families are enrolling now. Use the key given in the Early Seating course page.

General seating will open on August 1st at Noon Central and run for 24 hours. General seating is not first come first serve it is lottery-based, so no need to feel rushed to be on the site at noon when so many are on. Come on in later in the day and the site will be faster. We literally have thousands on at the same time in that first hour. Live classes are very popular and if we do not have enough seats for all in general seating that want in, we will seat for what we do have and then call for more volunteers to step up and open more seats as they do and then run the lottery again. We extend the search for more volunteers for about two weeks.  

Schedule:

Monday at 1:00 PM CST

Tuesday at 8:00 AM CST 

or

Tuesday at 10:00 AM CST
or

Friday 11am Central

  • Start Date:  September 11-15
  • Thanksgiving Break:  November 20-24
  • Christmas Break:  December 18-January 5
  • Easter Break:  March 19-30
  • End Date:  May 14-18

Description:

† Contains distinctly Christian content

Following Narnia: The Lion's Song Volume I is a comprehensive writing
course. Middle school students will learn the Institute for Excellence in
Writing techniques TWSS Units 1 through 9, Dress-ups, Decorations, and
Sentence Openers while also reading and discussing the first three books of
the Chronicles of Narnia. Each week the student will study vocabulary from
the books, discuss the book and literary devices write out a key word
outline during class, learn a new writing technique related to IEW, and
then will write a paragraph or essay related to the books, author, or time
period.

Required Materials:

Required:

Following Narnia Volume 1:  The Lion's Song Student Book

Student Resource Notebook (Included with purchase of student text or combo)

Recommended:

Following Narnia Volume 1:  The Lion's Song Teacher Manual

Combo is listed here  

You will also need long term access to the following Narnia books (10-12 weeks for each one)

  • Magician's Nephew
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Horse and His Boy

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This class filled in Early Seating. it is no longer taking students.

Age: Students should be at a high school reading level, ideally 11th-12th grade with grade level or above skills in grammar, spelling and language mechanics. 

Days: Tuesdays 3:30pm Central

Start Date: TBA - likely after Labor Day

Holidays: Thanksgiving, TBA; Christmas: TBA; Spring Break: TBA

End Date - Regular class - TBA; Honors (CLEP prep) TBA

Required Material:

Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers

(CLEP students will also need American Literature EZ-101 Study Keys and "The Complete Idiot's Guid to American Literature"

**Honors students only (meaning not taking the CLEP portion), do not need any additional books.

All other reading materials will be free online.

American Literature is a college-preparatory literature and composition course based on the Excellence in Literature curriculum. Focus works, including novels, short stories, poems, and drama, have been selected for literary quality, and for their place in the historical development of literature. Context readings provide background information about the author, the historical period, and the literary and artistic context of the focus work.

Students will gain an understanding of the development of literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays, approach papers, and other evaluative writing.

All readings are linked to in each module. However, you are free to purchase a hard copy or a Kindle version of each book if you prefer.

Reading List:

Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and selected works by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Honors Reading List:

The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson

Letters From An American Farmer by J. Hector St. John De Crevecoeur

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., The Life of George Washington, orTales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving

The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Walden by Henry David Thoreau 

Billy Budd by Herman Melville

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Daisy Miller by Henry James

My Antonia by Willa Cather

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Honors: The honors track is optional additional reading for students who want to earn an honors grade or prepare for a CLEP. Each module will have an additional reading and intensive writing activity for honors students. Key components of the Honors Option (in addition to regular assignments related to the focus text) include reading, writing, and a final exam. The reading is the most time-consuming element, as it is the foundation for both the writing assignment and the final exam. The comprehensive final exam (optional), which will be taken is the American Literature CLEP. This ninety-minute, multiple-choice, computer-based exam can be taken by appointment at a local college or community college. Many colleges and universities grant six credits for a passing score on this exam.

Classics Club
This is a club, so it would be listed as extra-curricular on a transcript. 
Age Range: Advanced middle school and high school
Live Class:
Tuesdays at 3pm Central
Fridays at 3pm Central
Start date: September 5th 
Breaks:
Thanksgiving, Nov 19-25;
Christmas, Dec 14 to Jan 4;
Spring Break: Mar 19-23
End date: April
Description:
This is a student run classic literature club run by students for students. If you love the classics and love to get together with friends to talk about a book the club is reading, jump on in and enjoy the fun.