God & the History of Art
List Price -$29.95 (Add to Cart) Author - Barry Stebbing
Bibliographic Data - 3 Discs: 12-part DVD Set
Description from the Publisher:
In this 12-part art series on DVD, Barry Stebbing journeys through the centuries offering biblical insights into the great art and artists of the ages.
This three-DVD set features beautiful colors, paintings and classical music. It also provides a unique view into many of the great works of art in Western culture. Barry Stebbing, founder of How Great Thou Art, is an artist and educator by heart. Over the years, he has instructed over 60,000 students. Join Mr. Stebbing as he teaches about "God and the History of Art".
Short Lessons in Art History
List Price - $26.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Phyllis Clausen Barker
Bibliographic Data - 224 pages
This captivating biographical survey covers art history through the life stories and artistic accomplishments of 35 great painters and sculptors. Students will come to appreciate the artists' personal struggles and successes, along with their greatest works, and will gain an understanding of major art movements from the Italian Renaissance to modern times.
This book includes:
*64 black-and-white images and 22 color plates
*Glossaries for each artist
*Artists of the Renaissance (Botticelli, da Vinci, Durer, Rubens), the 18th Century (El Greco, Goya, Turner), Impressionism (Monet, Renoir, Cezanne), the 20th Century (Matisse, Picasso, Hopper, Wyeth) and 21 more artists
*European and American masters
These lessons will be paired with Exercises and Activities for Short Lessons in Art History.
Exercises and Activities for Short Lessons in Art History
List Price - $26.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Phyllis Clausen Barker
Bibliographic Data - 138 pages (either reproduce or purchase one per student)
This lively volume is a novel way to engage art history students. It features separate chapters on 35 European and American masters, showcasing a variety of activities, questions, and projects concerning the artists and their work. The exercises and activities for each artist are designed to help your students increase their awareness of the artists and encourage them to draw their own conclusions about what makes the work of certain artists timeless.
There are four general types of exercises in the book. The first type of exercise features comprehension questions. These may be in the form of word puzzles, crosswords, matching questions, or fill in the blanks. These questions can be answered directly on the reproduced page. The second type of exercise features "Short Answer Questions" that can be used for discussion or written work and call for some synthesis on the part of the student. These questions may ask the student to define a term or explain how the work of a particular artist differed form earlier artists' work. Students can find the information to answer these questions in the relevant section of the text. They may need to use separate paper to answer these questions.
The third type of exercise features either a "Writing Project" or a "Research Project." These call for independent writing or research on the student's part. Here, students might be asked to make a time line showing an artist's major works or to describe how a particular event influenced an artist. Completing these exercises will give students a deeper insight into the lives and work of the artists.
The fourth type of exercise is the "Art Project." While interesting, the "Art Project" section presents some difficulties in that it is not described in much detail or laid out in clear steps. Instead, very general suggestions are given, often making the project overwhelming to perform without more instruction. Due to these challenges, we will be omitting the "Art Projects" part of these exercises and be covering this area in a different way using the "Art Projects" DVD Set by See the Light instead. These DVDs are scheduled in the World History Guide in place of the "Art Project" exercises in this book.
Art Gallery Notebook
List Price - $27.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Carrie Austin, Graphic Designer - Merlin DeBoer
Bibliographic Data - Shrink-wrapped, 3-hole punched, Full-color/2 sided (one per student)
As narrative as the Short Lessons in Art History text is, it does not shine in the area of full color artwork. While it would seem easy to add to a book of art prints to our package to accompany the text, this route had many barriers. First, many of these types of full-color art print books are very expensive. Next, the art prints within these volumes often contain multiple images with nudity. Last, even after overlooking cost and the lack of clothing issues, many books didn't contain prints of all of the artists the students will be studying.
To remedy these problems, we designed an Art Gallery Notebook containing at least one full-color print for each artist. This notebook is used in conjunction with the Short Lessons in Art History readings, providing a beautiful collection of paintings by famous artists throughout history. Students will also record "Writing Project" and "Research Project" assignments about the artists in the notebook, allowing the notebook to function as a portfolio for fine arts related work as well. The notebook adds a Charlotte Mason inspired feel to the fine arts program! Pages come 3-hole punched on heavy paper for easy insertion into a binder. A full-color cover is included for insertion in a clear plastic page protector on the binder's cover.
Art Projects: DVD Set
List Price - $99.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Phyllis Clausen Barker
Bibliographic Data - 138 pages (either reproduce or purchase one per student)
This is a 9 DVD Set of art projects designed to be completed at home. The projects on each DVD are narrated, modeled, and taught with a Christian emphasis by master artist Pat Knepley. Each DVD focuses on a different artist and a different type of art project. Each project is divided into 4 separate sessions, and Pat takes students through each step of the lesson on the DVD. We schedule students to do one art project session each week, completing an art project every 4 weeks. The design of the projects makes this an art class that your students can enjoy and excel at in the comfort of your own home. Plan for art project sessions to last about an hour with the DVD running about 30 min. This allows enough time for students to pause and work along with Pat, taking time to be creative and do the project well. Some students may take longer to work.
9 DVD Set - Artists and corresponding projects are as follows:
*Tiffany Window in the style of Louis Comfort Tiffany
*Repeated Sweets in the style of Wayne Thiebaud
*Paper Jungle in the style Henri Rousseau
*Pointillism Fruit in the style of Georges Seurat
*Poppy Collage in the style of Georgia O'Keefe
*Dreams of Joseph in the style of Marc Chagall
*Horsing Around in the style of Edgar Degas
*Peaceful Seas in the style of Winslow Homer
*Sunflowers in the style of Vincent Van Gogh
Each DVD includes art history, art elements, art principles, step-by-step tutoring, and integrated Biblical truths. Students will end up with a portfolio of 9 completed projects as part of their Fine Arts study.
Link to Trailers and Promos for Art Projects DVDs (Scroll down to the "Art Projects" heading and select any promo to watch under that heading. The promos play at the top of your screen, so after selecting the promo, scroll back to the top of the screen to click play.)
Note: There will be two options for credit within Heart of Dakota's Fine Art program. The first option (and the recommended option) will be to earn one-full credit by using all of the resources in the Fine Art Package.
The second option will be to earn 1/2 credit in Fine Art by omitting the "Art Projects" DVD Set. This option will utilize all of the remaining art resources in the Fine Art Package, but will omit the once weekly art project session. This option is only recommended if you have already met part of your Fine Art requirement some other way, or if your state or college entrance requirement only requires 1/2 credit in Fine Art.
Spanish Homeschool Curriculum Kit
List Price - $80.95 - Save $9.00(Add to Cart)
Author - Alpha Omega
Bibliographic Data - 10 consumable worktexts, pronunciation CD's, Teacher's Guide, and Answer Key (one per family)
Description:*Optional: Spanish I - 10 Unit Set (worktexts only - for an extra student) $53.95 - Save $6.00 (Add to Cart)
Adding the Spanish Homeschool Curriculum Kit to the Economy Package adds one-full credit in Spanish over the next two years to your student's program. The first half of this resource is scheduled daily in the World History guide, allowing your student to earn ½ credit in Spanish in the World History guide. The remaining half of this resource will be scheduled in the guide that follows the World History guide, allowing your student to earn another ½ credit in Spanish in that guide. Since this Spanish program moves quickly and is quite vocabulary and grammar intensive, it is best if students have some previous Spanish exposure (like Getting Started With Spanish) prior to beginning this program. Students who desire to study a different foreign language, or who are beyond Spanish I, may substitute a different language course in place of this option to fulfill the foreign language requirement.
This full-color, consumable Spanish course is designed to build Spanish skills through dialogue and conversation practice. Afraid you can't teach a foreign language? Don't be. This course has easy, step-by-step lessons and explanations that every parent can follow. And your student will love learning Spanish with easy-to-follow, self-paced lessons! To encourage student learning, this course is divided into ten motivating worktexts. Personalized instruction, along with consistent reviews, and learning the grammar of Spanish ensures concept mastery. Topics covered in this curriculum include extensive vocabulary related to school, home, numbers, months, seasons, time, and clothing, parts of speech, and the culture and geography of Spanish speaking countries from around the world.
This course also builds skills in reading, writing, and speaking the Spanish language. Using the included audio CDs, your student will have the opportunity to hear Spanish speakers actually using various words and verb tenses! What could be more convenient? The course also comes with a teacher's guide filled with teaching ideas, supplemental activities, outlined objectives, and answer keys. Most importantly, after your student has completed this ten-unit course, he'll be able to ask and answer basic questions and respond to simple statements in Spanish!
Note: Our oldest son used this course as a follow-up to Getting Started With Spanish with great success. The two courses actually complement each other very well, and our son was able to keep up with the quick pace and vocabulary used in this course thanks to Getting Started With Spanish. Together, the two courses have helped make Spanish one of our son's favorite high school subjects. Better yet, even parents with no previous Spanish experience can oversee this course, thanks to the audio CDs and clear Answer Key. The course is meant for the student to complete on his/her own (with the exception of the speaking/dialogue exercises) and works well in that capacity. So don't fret over the illusive foreign language credit any longer! Heart of Dakota schedules a steady, manageable foreign language pace of 2 full credits spread over 4 years of high school that will help your student learn, enjoy, and retain Spanish.
Total Health: High School Student Textbook (2005 Version)
List Price - $28.20 (Add to Cart)
Author - Susan Boe
Bibliographic Data - 464 pages, softcover
Total Health: High School Test and Quiz Master Book
List Price - $18.15 (Add to Cart)
Author - Susan Boe
Bibliographic Data - 275 pages, spiral-bound (includes Answer Key)
This curriculum for high school students is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of all important physical, mental and social health issues. Written directly to teens from a caring, friendly, Christian perspective, this text presents a moral basis for a healthy lifestyle based upon Scriptural principles. Topics like anatomy, body systems, food choices, exercise, diseases, stress, emergencies, responsibility, and more are included. Black and white illustrations and photographs add visual interest to the text. At the end of each chapter, a review contains terms to define, questions to answer based on the text, Biblical application questions, discussion questions (to discuss with a parent), and suggested activities.
Ch.1: Welcome to the Human Body (includes anatomy, physiology, and organization of human body)
Ch.2 Eleven Systems: One Body (includes circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, digestive, excretory, integumentary, immune, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems)
Ch. 3 Nutrition (includes basic nutrition, doctor's role, vitamins, minerals, and diet)
Ch. 4 Fitness and Exercise (includes fitness facts, exercise principles, exercise programs, preventing injuries, and fatigue and sleep)
Ch. 5 Infectious Disease (includes common types, causes, processes, and battling infectious diseases and sexually transmitted diseases)
Ch. 6 Noninfectious Disease (includes causes, types, and how to fight them)
Ch. 7 Stress and Anxiety (includes understanding mental health, coping with stress, and choosing life)
Ch. 8 L.I.F.E. Management (includes managing your lifestyle, influences, friendships, and stressors)
Ch. 9 Made in His Image (includes self-image, appearance, comfort zones, and self-talk)
Ch. 10 Head to Toe (includes physical health: skin, hair, hands, eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, posture, feet)
Ch. 11 Risky Business (includes risk-taking, accidents, fire safety, poison control, gun safety, school safety, road safety, basic first aid, fainting, burns, nosebleeds, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, choking, CPR)
Ch. 12 What's Your Responsibility? (includes responsibility as a Christian, as a person, and as a citizen)
Ch. 13 Maturity: What's It All About? (includes choices, boundaries, help in crisis, puberty, sexual intimacy, abstinence, purity, fetal development, tobacco, drugs, alcohol)
Ch. 14 Changing Relationships (includes friendships, courtship, marriage, parenthood, family, aging, coping with death)
Ch. 15 Spiritual Health (includes reading and meditating on God's Word, personal prayer and quiet time, praise and worship, consistent Christian living)
Ch. 16 Reaching Your Potential (includes pursuing a vision, pursuing your destiny in Christ, waiting on the Lord, a heavenly inheritance)
Note: I used this study with our oldest son when he was a sophomore, and while I must admit I was hesitant to discuss some of the topics it really became an incredible time of sharing between the two of us. Our discussions were very rich and honest, and with such a God-honoring text like this in hand (and armed with its truly excellent and thought-provoking questions), all I had to do was ask the questions in the guide and discuss the answers with my son. Rest assured that the topics are treated in such a Biblical way that even potentially tough topics will lead your child closer to the Lord. My oldest son (who is a senior this year) was just saying what good memories he has of doing this study and of the discussions he had with me! What a blessing to take these opportunities to remain close to our children and keep open lines of communication about all areas of their lives.
Essentials in Writing: Grade 11 Curriculum
List Price - $67.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Matthew Stephens
Bibliographic Data - 3 Disk DVD Set and Pre-printed Workbook
Optional: Essentials in Writing: Grade 11 Student Book (extra print copy)
List Price - $32.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Matthew Stephens
Bibliographic Data - Spiral bound, laminate cover, 168 pages
There is much to love about Stephen's Grade 11 writing course. Our oldest son completed it as a senior, doing the Grade 11 even though he could have easily handled the Grade 12. This is because the Grade 12 course was delayed in its release, and so we simply continued with the just released Grade 11. It was our son's favorite course as a junior and was one that he enjoyed this year as well.
Overview of Grade 11 Topics:
SENTENCE STRUCTURE - dependent and independent clause; simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences; address sentence errors (fragment, run on, and comma splice), appositives
FORMAL PARAGRAPH - structure; expository, persuasive, compare/contrast, descriptive, cause/effect, and narrative paragraphs
THE WRITING PROCESS - in depth study of each part of the writing process; practice the writing process with multi-paragraph compositions
ESSAYS (formal and informal) - detailed instruction and step by step process for expository, persuasive, process analysis, cause and effect, compare/contrast, and response to literature essays; 60-minute essay (college prep)
RESEARCH PAPER (project) - detailed instruction and step by step process to conduct a research project and write a research paper: CAREER STUDY (EXPOSITORY)
There is a DVD component for most lesson days, with the video lasting 7-15 minutes. Matthew Stephens enthusiastically teaches these video lessons with the aid of a whiteboard, clearly sharing the writing process step-by-step as he teaches the lesson. Below is a link to the grade 11 sample of a DVD lesson .Link to the video.
The Student Text is well laid out, including a summary of notes from the lesson, samples of effective writing, samples of ineffective writing, and clear rubrics to aid the parent in grading the student's work. Lessons are broken down into incremental steps, keeping the writing process from becoming intimidating.
In the World History guide, Essentials in Writing: Grade 11 will alternate with Rod and Staff: English 7 so that students will do Essentials in Writing twice weekly and English 7 twice weekly. Typically, the time slot that these two subjects share will be approximately 35 min. each day. Ideally, students will have completed half of Rod and Staff 7 in the World Geography Guide and now will complete the other half of English 7 in the World History Guide. Of course, students who are new to Heart of Dakota (or who came to Rod and Staff late) may be on a different Rod and Staff sequence.
Even though many students using our World History Guide will be in grade 10, due to the fact that Heart of Dakota students have done much writing in the past, they are more than prepared for the level of writing taught in Grade 11: Essentials in Writing. Plus, scheduling the Grade 11 course allows the writing component to work for older students in both grades 11 and 12 as well (who may be using the World History Guide too). As you can see by the samples linked above, the Grade 11: EIW also covers the writing of a research paper by breaking this large task down into incremental steps. What a blessing for all the families who worry about how to cover this very important skill!
Building Securely: English 7 Student Text
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Author - Rod and Staff
Bibliographic Data - hardback pupil text
Building Securely: English 7 Teacher's Manual
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Author - Rod and Staff
Bibliographic Data - hardback teacher text
English 7 contains 125 lessons divided into 11 chapters. The first two chapters deal with sentence parts and sentence construction. Object complements and subjective complements are introduced. Chapters 3-9 focus on the parts of speech. Verbals, progressive and emphatic forms of verbs, intransitive verbs, restrictive clauses, conjunctive adverbs, and so forth, are introduced. Ample sentence diagramming practice is included. Chapter 10 teaches concepts about capitalization and punctuation. Italics, single quotation marks, and ellipsis points are introduced. Chapter 11 deals with using numerous kinds of reference books, studying words, and studying word families. Some of the new composition skills taught are guidelines for proofreading, character sketches, and note taking. Paragraph construction, outlining, letter writing, story writing, and poetry are taught at deeper levels.
General teaching suggestions are included at the beginning of the hardcover Teacher's Manual. Copies of the pupil's pages are included in reduced size. The answers for the pupil's lessons are in shaded areas beside the exercises. Further teacher's helps are given on the shaded areas below the pupil's copies. The Purpose is given for each lesson. A star indicates when a concept is introduced for the first time in the English series. Some lessons have an additional part titled Teacher, including further information for the teacher's awareness. Oral Review lists questions for review as well as preparation for the new lesson. Reviews are included to drill important concepts.
In the World History guide, Essentials in Writing: Grade 11 will alternate with Rod and Staff: English 7 so that students will do Essentials in Writing twice weekly and English 7 twice weekly. Typically, the time slot that these two subjects share will be approximately 35 min. each day. Ideally, students will have completed half of Rod and Staff 7 in the World Geography Guide and will complete the other half of English 7 in the World History Guide. Of course, students who are new to Heart of Dakota (or who came to Rod and Staff late) may be on a different Rod and Staff sequence.
Note: If you already purchased English 7 for use with the World Geography Guide, then you will not need to purchase it for use with the World History Guide.
List Price - $5.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Lew Wallace
Bibliographic Data - 400 pages
This is the remarkable saga of a man framed for attempting to murder a Roman official, and condemned to death as a galley slave. Epic in scope, it recreates Imperial Rome from a thrilling sea battle, to the famous chariot race, to the agony of Crucifixion. This classic novel, subtitled "A Tale of the Christ", has fascinated readers for generations with its vivid depictions of Jesus' life interwoven with the fictional story of Judah Ben-Hur, a young Jew who finds his life inexorably changed by the Messiah.
An immediate best-seller on publication, Ben Hur remains a dazzling achievement by any standards. A thoroughly exhilarating tale of betrayal, revenge and salvation, Wallace writes with a freshness and immediacy that brings every action-packed scene to life and vividly illuminates the geography, ethnology and customs of the ancient world.
Ben Hur Audio Drama
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Author - Focus on the Family Radio Theatre
Bibliographic Data - 2 CD Set, 2 hours of audio drama, Full cast cinema sound original music score
Ben-Hur is the powerful story of two friends who share a love for learning and a passion to be soldiers. But before many years pass, Judah Ben-Hur, a prince of the Jews, and Messala, the Roman nobleman and soldier, will also share a deep hatred for what the other has become. An unforgettable account of betrayal, revenge, redemption, Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's production of Ben-Hur tells the tale of a nobleman who fell from Roman favor and was sentenced to live as a slave--all at the hands of his childhood friend, Messala.
Once nearly brothers, any hope of reconciliation is dashed after Messala is seriously injured during a vicious chariot race won by the vindictive Ben-Hur. But what makes this adaptation of Lew Wallace's best-selling story unforgettable is the changed man Ben-Hur becomes after seeing Christ on the cross. Recorded in London with film-style sound, this action-packed production underscores the fact that the power of God's love and true forgiveness are the only forces stronger than hatred and revenge.
Note: If your child previously used the Extension Package in Creation to Christ, you already own this audio for "Ben Hur." In this case, select the English package without the "Ben Hur" audio.
No Fear Shakespeare: Julius Caesar
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Author - William Shakespeare
Bibliographic Data - 256 pages
This play is a tragedy based on Plutarch's account of the lives of Brutus, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony. Evil plotting, ringing oratory, high tragedy and Shakespeare's incomparable insight, lend dramatic power to this play.
No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Julius Caesar on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.
Each No Fear Shakespeare contains:
*The complete text of the original play
*A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
*A complete list of characters with descriptions
*Plenty of helpful commentary
Note: Since plays are best heard performed (and watched), the Heart of Dakota World History Guide will schedule this play to be read along with an unabridged dramatic audio production of "Julius Caesar."
Julius Caesar: Arkangel Shakespeare
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Author - William Shakespeare, BBC Audiobooks America
Bibliographic Data - Audiobook CD: 3 Discs (Approximately 2½ hours)
Julius Caesar has become the most powerful man in the Rome. Does his power now threaten the very existence of the Republic itself? A conspiracy is hatched, one that will have fatal consequences not only for Caesar and the conspirators, but for the future history of the ancient world. At its heart is the noble Brutus, caught in a tragic conflict between private affection and public duty. This is a fully dramatized, unabridged recording of Shakespeare's play. Students will follow along with the text of Shakespeare's unabridged play as they listen to the recording.
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Author - H. Rider Haggard
Bibliographic Data - 372 pages
Originally written in 1903, this classic adventure from Sir H. Rider Haggard has been newly revised and updated in a Centennial Edition. This wonderful tale of faith tells the story of Miriam, a young Christian woman living in the Roman Empire during the first century, and Marcus, the Roman officer who desired to win her hand. Miriam's faith is continually strengthened by the Lord as she faces hardships and fiery trials. The historic events portrayed in this story culminate in the Roman siege and destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in 70 AD. Stirring events, captivating characters, and careful attention to historical detail are seamlessly blended to produce this truly uplifting novel that continues to be a wonderful story of faith for readers today.
King Arthur and His Knights
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Author - Howard Pyle
Bibliographic Data - 416 pages
The adventures of King Arthur, his Knights of the Table Round, and the court of Camelot come to life in this lively and chivalrous retelling of some of the Arthurian legends. The book chronicles the adventures of Arthur as he draws the sword Excalibur from the anvil, proving his right to the throne, and as he courts and wins the heart of Guinevere. Later he suffers the treachery of the wicked Morgana le Fay and witnesses the tragic fate of Merlin. In Pyle's classic retelling, the legends come alive in unsurpassed vividness. Stories of Arthur have enthralled and delighted generations of readers fascinated by chivalry, nobility, and the unforgettable drama of medieval times.
Renowned storyteller Howard Pyle uses old-style English, as in the excerpt below, to carry us back to the enchanting world of King Arthur and his noble knights of the Round Table.
"And this was the covenant of their Knighthood of the Round Table: That they would be gentle unto the weak; that they would be courageous unto the strong; that they would be terrible unto the wicked and the evil-doer; that they would defend the helpless who should call upon them for aid; that all women should be held unto them sacred; that they would stand unto the defence of one another whensoever such defence should be required; that they would be merciful unto all men; that they would be gentle of deed, true in friendship, and faithful in love. This was their covenant, and unto it did each knight sware upon the cross of his sword, and in witness thereof did kiss the hilt thereof."
The excerpt above well sums up this book, in instances where these oaths are upheld; and if they are not, retribution always follows swiftly. In the land of Camelot, good deeds before God are of highest value, and wicked deeds are always subject to disapproval and punishment. Pyle also includes a "moral of the story" section at the end of most major book divisions. In these, for example, he makes allegories of Excalibur and its sheath to God's Truth and faith, and does likewise with many things; always wishing to teach to us some truth through his writings about Arthur and his knights.
Note: These stories do contain references to magic and enchantment throughout, however good and evil are also clearly portrayed. The legends of Arthur are a part of understanding medieval times and show Britain at a time when the Christian religion was overtaking the religion of the Celtic Druids of the past. Known for his bravery, honor, and love, Howard Pyle's rendition of Arthur's noble traits illustrates the selflessness a king should have for his people. It was for these traits that Arthur would be remembered. Please note that this is the only version of the Arthurian legends that we recommend.
A Man for All Seasons: A Play in Two Acts
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Author - Robert Bolt
Bibliographic Data - 163 pages
Sir Thomas More - the brilliant nobleman, lawyer, humanist, and author of such works as Utopia - was a long-time friend and favorite of Henry VIII, ascending to the position of Lord Chancellor in 1529. Yet he was also a staunch Catholic, and when Henry broke with the Church in 1531, after the Pope had refused to grant Henry a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, More resigned the Chancellorship. In 1534, Parliament passed a bill requiring all subjects to take an oath acknowledging the supremacy of England's king over all foreign sovereigns - including the Pope. More refused, was imprisoned, and finally was executed in 1535.
Bolt's classic play is a brilliant dramatization of this historic confrontation, but first and foremost, it is a compelling portrait of a courageous man who died for his convictions.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
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Author - Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Bibliographic Data - 384 pages
An irresistible blend of romance, intrigue, and suspense, this timeless historical adventure recalls the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution, when ruthless mobs ruled the streets of Paris and hundreds of royals were condemned to face the guillotine each day. The only hope of many was a courageous leader who spirited aristocrats across the Channel to England and safety. Known by the name of the wildflower he leaves as a calling card, the Pimpernel becomes the darling of the people and is particularly admired by Marguerite Blakeney, who scorns her foppish husband as ardently as she esteems this gallant hero.
The Count of Monte Cristo
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Author - Alexandre Dumas
Bibliographic Data - 686 pages
Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story is one of the most widely read novels of all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond Dantès, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If -- doomed to spend his life in a dank prison cell. The story of his long, intolerable years in captivity, his miraculous escape, and his carefully wrought revenge creates a dramatic tale of mystery and intrigue and paints a vision of France - a dazzling, dueling, exuberant France -- that has become immortal. Dumas' novel presents a powerful conflict between good and evil embodied in an epic saga complicated by the hero's ultimate discomfort with the implications of his own actions.
Note: While we prefer not to use abridged versions of classic literature, the length of this particular novel is daunting; which often results either in it being skipped or in being read in abridged form. With this in mind, after reading several different versions, this particular abridgement of The Count of Monte Cristo is the only one we will be recommending and scheduling within our guide. It keeps the narrative flow while retaining much of the rich description and the essential details of Dumas's intricately plotted and thrilling masterpiece. This abridgement also allows for a few mature elements to be omitted from the story, making it more appropriate for a high school audience. The theme of divine retribution that runs throughout this classic makes it too good to pass up.
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Author - Victor Hugo
Bibliographic Data - 656 pages
Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean-the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread-Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the themes of mercy and redemption that run throughout this classic. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope-an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart. This tale of redemption has an undeniable Christian message and is one not to be missed!
Note: While we prefer not to use abridged versions of classic literature, the length of this particular novel is daunting; which often results either in it being skipped or in being read in abridged form. With this in mind, this particular abridgement of Les Miserables is the one we will be recommending and scheduling within our guide.
Les Misérables Audio Drama
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Author - Victor Hugo - Focus on the Family Radio Theatre
Bibliographic Data - 3 Audio CD totaling 169 min.
Les Miserables has been called the most important novel of the 19th century. It's a tale of war and revolution, a touching love story, and a tale with some of the most memorable characters you'll find in any work of fiction. Most of all, it's a story about a desperate thief whose life is changed forever when a kind bishop, catching him in the act of stealing precious silver, forgives him. Accustomed to living only for himself, Jean Valjean becomes a kindhearted man who helps a dying woman, cares for her child as if she were his own... and puts his life on the line to help an innocent stranger. The story that has thrilled millions comes to life in a brand new way in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre. This audio drama beautifully portrays the redeeming power of forgiveness through an embittered convict whose life is changed by a single act of kindness. Recorded in London with some of England's finest actors, it will mesmerize adults and families alike as it tells of the triumph of good over evil, of love over hatred, and of mercy over the letter of the law.
Note: If your child previously used the Extension Package in Revival to Revolution, you already own this audio for "Les Miserables." In this case, select the English package without the "Les Miserables" audio.
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Author - George Orwell
Bibliographic Data - 97 pages
George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture. It is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that "All Animals Are Created Equal." Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: "But some Animals Are More Equal Than Others ..."
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Author - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Bibliographic Data - hardcover, 36 pages
Nathaniel Hawthorne looked at the Christianity of the mid-1800s and found it wanting. He wrote this allegory, using Pilgrim's Progress as a basis, showing a man setting out for the Celestial City as Christian of old did. However, Hawthorne's pilgrim takes the new and improved route, traveling on the Celestial Railroad. The author's insights into modern Christianity will challenge you to diligently walk the true pilgrim way.
Biology: Complete Science Package
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Author - School of Tomorrow
Bibliographic Data - 12 Science Text/Activity PACE Set (3rd Edition) + Answer Keys + 12 DVDs of Daily Lessons (includes 141 DVD Lessons + 25 labs = more than 1300 total min. of instructional footage)
Biology: Text/Activity PACE Set, Answer Keys, and Lab DVD Science Package
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Author - School of Tomorrow
Bibliographic Data -Science Text/Activity PACE Set (3rd Edition) + Answer Keys + Lab DVD (includes 25 labs)
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To better explain our science selections for the World History guide, I'll first share a bit about our overall science plan for high school. Our overall plan at this time is to recommend the following sequence for science in high school:
Freshman: Integrated Physics and Chemistry
Sophomore: Biology including anatomy in the course (with Health as an additional semester course this same year)
While you can certainly follow a different science path if desired, this particular sequence does have its advantages. This is because it is wise to have some chemistry before biology and also many states require some sort of physical science on the high school transcript (along with biology and chemistry), which makes it is wise to consider how to gain the needed physical science credit (whether the student takes physics or not). Since not all future careers require students to take physics, taking an Integrated Physics and Chemistry course as a freshman fulfills the physical science requirement and frees the student from having to take physics (unless desired) later.
This science path also allows students the option, during their senior year, of taking a field-related science (i.e. marine biology, advanced chemistry, anatomy, advanced biology, etc.) instead of physics. So, we like the options that this particular science sequence offers, as it allows for science decisions to be made as the child progresses through high school and gains a better idea of what he/she may be doing in the future. For those who are unsure of their future career path, the science sequence we've listed above will provide the student with a solid science path that will be excellent preparation for any field
Adding the Science Package to your Economy Package adds one-full credit of science (with lab) to your program. The focus of this year of science is Biology. This package is required unless you have your own science. Both Science Packages include 12 chapters of text (PACEs), 12 consumable activity books (located in the center of the texts), printed answer keys, and Labs on DVD (including performances of all labs). The "Complete Science Package" also includes 12 DVDs of daily lessons featuring professional footage of animals and plants; as well as photographs, charts, and diagrams of other biology-related topics. These daily DVD lessons are not classroom lectures. The text of the DVDs closely mirrors the text in the PACEs meaning that families who cannot afford the DVD option can still complete the course without them. The 12 DVD set includes the labs integrated throughout the DVDs, so a separate Lab DVD is not needed to be purchased with this option. All "Complete Science Package" items are scheduled in the World History guide, including the labs. For additional students add an additional set of PACEs.
The School of Tomorrow Biology course contains 12 readable PACES (or booklets), each with 30 pages of biology related topics. The font-size of the pages makes reading easier on the eyes and the text is illustrated with colorful diagrams, drawings, and photographs. The paces are written in a God-honoring way that truly brings the wonder of God's creation to life! Anatomy is included as a part of this biology course. This is not true of many biology courses, and often students must take a separate anatomy course to receive this type of coverage.
Headings and subheadings from the Table of Contents for the 12 PACES are as follows:
Biology Pace 1: Birds
Feathers (Types, Structure, Special Purposes, Growth)
Major Body Structures (Wings, Feet, Legs, Beaks)
Major Body Systems (Digestive, Reproductive, Respiratory, Circulatory, Skeletal, Nervous Systems)
Bird Groups (Flightless, Preying, Game, Water, and Songbirds)
Biology Pace 2: Mammals
Characteristics of Mammals (Hair, Limbs and Movement, Major Body Systems, Migration, Hibernation)
Types of Mammals (Monotremes, Marsupials, Placentals)
Importance of Mammals (Human Use of Mammals and Natural Order)
Biology Pace 3: Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
Fish (Lampreys, Hagfish, Sharks, Rays, Skates, and Bony Fish)
Amphibians (Caecilians, Salamanders, Toads and Frogs)
Reptiles (Snakes and Lizards, Tortoises and Turtles, Crocodiles and Alligators, Tuatara, and Dinosaurs)
Biology Pace 4: Sponges, Coelenterates, Mollusks, and Echinoderms
Sponges (Characteristics, Body Structures, Reproduction)
Coelenterates (Characteristics, Body Structures, Body Functions, Types)
Mollusks (Characteristics, Body Structures, Body Systems, Types)
Biology Pace 5: Worms and Arthropods
Segmented Worms (Earthworms, Marine Worms, Leeches)
Flatworms (Planarians, Tapeworms, Flukes)
Arthropods (Spiders, Other Arachnids, Crabs, Lobsters, and Shrimp, Centipedes and Millipedes, and Insects)
Biology Pace 6: Plants
The Plant Kingdom (Characteristics, Importance, Classification)
Vascular Plants (Seed Plants, Spore-forming Plants)
Vascular Plant Structures (Leaves, Stems, Roots, Flowers, Seeds and Fruit)
Nonvascular Plants (Mosses and Liverworts)
Biology Pace 7: Microorganisms
Kingdom Protista (Algae, Protozoans, Fungus-like Protists)
Kingdom Monera (Microscope, Cytology, Bacteria, Viruses)
Biology Pace 8: Man - Skin, Skeleton, and Muscles
Integumentary System (Skin Layers, Skin functions, Lymphatic System, Hair and Nails)
Skeletal System (Bone Functions, Bone Types, Bone Structure, Cartilage, Bone Growth, Joints and Ligaments)
Muscular System (Muscle Structure and Muscle Action)
Biology Pace 9: Man - Nerves, Circulation, and Respiration
Nervous System (Central Nervous System, Peripheral Nervous System, Somatic and Autonomic Nervous Systems, Sensory Organs, and Drugs)
Circulatory System (Heart, Blood Vessels, and Blood)
Biology Pace 10: Man - Nutrition and Growth
Digestive System (Digestion, Alimentary Canal, Nutrients, Vitamins and Minerals and Food Groups)
Excretory System (Sweat Glands and Kidneys)
Endocrine System (Pituitary Gland, Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands, Gonads, islets of Langerhans, and Adrenal Glands)
Biology Pace 11: Man - Reproduction, Genetics, and Embryology
Reproduction (God's Design, Man's Corruptions, Results of Man's Corruptions, Cure for Man's Corruptions)
Genetics (Heredity, Applied Genetics, Mutations, Genetics and Evolution, Genetics and Environment)
Embryology (Embryonic Growth and Experimental Embryology)
Biology Pace 12: Ecology and Conservation
Environment and Habitat (Creation - A Perfect Environment, The Flood, Biomes, Ecological Succession)
Ecology (Abiotic Factors, Biotic Factors, Limiting Factors)
Modern Environmental Problems (Depletion of Nonrenewable Resources, Pollution, and Endangered Species)
We plan to use all 12 PACES of the text and to use the accompanying activity books as a follow-up to the readings. These activity books utilize matching, underlining, multiple choice, true/false, categorizing, fill-in-the-blank, vocabulary, and short answer type questions. While these types of questions do not necessarily stretch the student into deeper more critical thinking; they do help students capture, organize, categorize, and ultimately better retain the dense and vocabulary rich subject matter that is part of a course in Biology. Often deeper more critical thinking can be drawn out after a student has gained more familiarity with a subject's content, making this a goal well-suited for more advanced coursework later in Biology. The labs on the DVDs do get students thinking more deeply about what they have read.
We plan for science to take approximately 60 min. or less each day in our World History guide (with potentially longer days for labs).
School of Tomorrow's Biology does include complete labs performed on DVD. Through excellent camera footage, students gain up-close views of dissections, microscopic views of other lab work, and you-are-there viewing sessions utilizing all sorts of lab equipment that make the biology labs interesting and memorable. Students complete lab sheets as they watch each lab being performed. Parents may desire to have their students complete a more traditional lab report that focuses on the scientific method (more similar to the "Science Lab Forms" contained in our previous HOD guides) in lieu of the lab sheets included in the School of Tomorrow program. Skill-wise, as far as math goes, a certain level of math proficiency is not required in order to complete the labs in this course.
Pace 1 Labs: Birds
Lab 1: Introduction to Biology Research
Lab 2: Incubation of a Chicken Egg
Pace 2 Labs: Mammals
Lab 1: Introduction to Dissection
Lab 2: Dissection of A Bullfrog (Part 1)
Pace 3: Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
Lab 1: Dissection of a Bullfrog (Part 2)
Lab 2: Dissection of a Bullfrog (Part 3)
Pace 4: Coelenterates, Mollusks, and Echinoderms
Lab 1: Perch Dissection
Lab 2: Starfish Dissection
Pace 5: Worms and Arthropods
Lab 1: Earthworm Dissection
Lab 2: Crayfish Dissection
Pace 6: Plants
Lab 1: Photoperiodism
Lab 2: Photosynthesis
Pace 7: Microorganisms
Lab 1: Use of Wet-Mount Microscope Slides
Lab 2: Use of Dry-Mount Microscope Slides
Pace 8: Skin, Skeleton, and Muscles
Lab 1: Fetal Pig Dissection (Part 1)
Lab 2 Fetal Pig Dissection (Part 2)
Pace 9: Nerves, Circulation, and Respiration
Lab 1: Blood Typing
Lab 2: Lung Demonstration
Pace 10: Nutrition and Growth
Lab 1: Effects of Enzymes in Digestion
Lab 2: Food Nutrient Analysis
Pace 11: Genetics and Embryology
Lab 1: Mitosis
Lab 2: Genetic Concepts
Lab 3: Genetic Engineering
Pace 12: Ecology and Conservation
Lab 1: Air Pollution Tests
Lab 2: Water Pollution Tests
Note: The labs can simply be watched as a part of the coursework; however, if you desire your student to work along with some of the labs you can choose to have your student do that using the "Apologia Biology Dissection Kit" from hometrainingtools.com. This kit includes the following specimens: frog, perch, crayfish, and worm (all of which are dissected as a part of School of Tomorrow's Biology as well). Students can just follow along with the School of Tomorrow DVD labs and dissect along with the instructor for those labs. Specimens do expire (lasting about 9 months). They are not in formaldehyde, making the specimens have less of an odor. All specimens can be disposed of in the household garbage. We would not encourage you to do the starfish dissection, as it is easy to cut yourself on that particular lab. The fetal pig dissection could also be performed if desired along with the DVD lab; however that lab moves fairly quickly through the dissection, so you would have to be willing to pause quite a bit as you go. A fetal pig specimen can be ordered separately at hometrainingtools.com.
If you desire your student to gain physical experience with a microscope, you could consider adding either the "Apologia Biology Microscope Kit" or the "Microscope Starter Kit" from hometrainingtools.com. Both will require the use of a microscope, which you can also purchase from ?http://www.hometrainingtools.com. The labs in School of Tomorrow's Biology do include microscope work on DVD, meaning that you are not required to purchase a microscope unless you desire to do so. If your child is not destined for a biology related field, you could consider simply having your child watch the labs and record results without the aid of working along with the lab kits. This is how the labs will be scheduled within our guide.
Math Without Borders Geometry: A Guided Inquiry ebook and Geometry Solutions Flash Drive
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Author of Geometry: A Guided Inquiry - Chakerian, Crabill, and Stein
Bibliographic Data - ebook (the textbook has gone out of print)
Author of Geometry Solutions - David Chandler
Bibliographic Data - Flash Drive
Note: Without the Math Without Borders Flash Drive there is no full-text Answer Key available for the Geometry: A Guided Inquiry text.
Description of Geometry: A Guided Inquiry from David Chandler (of Math Without Borders):
"Most geometry textbooks present a long list of facts about geometric figures organized in a rigid logical order, working generally from simple to more complex. Applications of these facts may or may not be made clear to the student. Geometry: A Guided Inquiry starts each chapter by posing a interesting geometric problem (puzzle), called the "Central Problem" for the chapter. Clusters of geometric facts are introduced, as needed, in the process of solving these problems. The usefulness and relevance of the new facts are therefore apparent from the moment they are first presented.
Most geometry textbooks, especially those written under the influence of the "New Math" era of the 1960s, put heavy emphasis on precise use of technical vocabulary and mathematical notation. Geometry: A Guided Inquiry emphasizes the underlying geometric and mathematical ideas and works to help the student understand them intuitively as well as logically.
Most geometry textbooks start each problem set with lots of routine, repetitive problems, gradually working up to an interesting problem or two at the end of the assignment. Geometry: A Guided Inquiry puts the best problems right up front! From the very beginning the student is given problems worth solving.
Most geometry textbooks read like they were written by a committee following a prescribed agenda. Most in fact are! The life is squeezed out of the narrative in the process. Geometry: A Guided Inquiry has a distinct sense of authorship. The authors are good mathematicians, good teachers, and good writers. Their joy in the pursuit of mathematics shows through their writing.
Geometry: A Guided Inquiry makes frequent use of compass, protractor and ruler activities, data tables, guess and check methods, model-building, and other techniques of intuitive exploration in preparation for general solutions. (Use of either The Geometer's Sketchpad or Geogebra adds a new dimension to the opportunities for exploration with dynamic illustrations.) Each chapter begins with a "Central Problem" that provides the focus and motivates the discussion in that chapter. The Central section presents all the essential new material. Along the way the student is led to a solution of the Central Problem, while exploring its connections with other topics. After the Central section is a Review section, and each of the first seven chapters are followed with a short Algebra Review that stresses algebra topics related to the current work.
Each chapter has an open ended Projects section with problems that are extensions to the material in the Central section, sometimes carrying the discussion in new directions. (The Project sections include some of the most interesting material in the text!)"Table of Contents:
Description of Math Without Borders: Geometry Flash Drive:
The Home Study Companion Geometry Flash Drive supplements the textbook in several important ways:
*It provides complete, worked out solutions (not just answers) to all problems in the Central and Project sections of the text.
*It provides additional commentary to supplement the presentation of the text, much as the lecture portion of a traditional course supplements the text.
*It provides a collection of nearly 300 demonstrations using The Geometer's Sketchpad or Geogebra covering most of the main concepts, and many additional explorations, in the Central and Projects sections of each chapter.
Geometry: A Guided Inquiry was written long before the current obsession with standardized testing, and it marches to a different drummer. It covers many fascinating topics you will see in no other high school Geometry textbook. The selection of topics in the text is excellent, but the authors' choice of topics (in 1970) did not anticipate every choice of the Academic Standards Commission at the end of the century. Therefore the Home Study Companion Geometry Flash Drive adds Extensions to the chapters, as needed, to cover these additional topics. The text plus extensions cover the standards for California and nearly all other states. (Students not affected by mandatory statewide testing can treat the extensions as optional topics.)
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Author - Tom Clarke
Bibliographic Data - DVD, print copy, or online options
VideoText Algebra is an interactive, video-based program that teaches Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II in an integrated manner. Due to the integrated manner in which VideoText teaches algebra, once you begin VideoText it is best to complete the course because all modules work together to teach Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II. Therefore, to claim credit for both Algebra I and Algebra II all modules must be completed. All students must begin VideoText Algebra with Module A, regardless of previous math experience with Algebra.
The main components of VideoText are the video lessons and the worktext. However, unlike textbooks that may use a video supplement, in this case the video lessons "are" the textbook. With each module of the course, you receive the video lessons (each 5-10 minutes in length, either on DVD or online), course notes, worktext, solutions manual, progress tests, and an instructor's guide with detailed solutions to all quizzes and test problems. Students will love the brief lessons and the clear explanations of concepts in VideoText Algebra. To view samples and purchase VideoText Algebra visit http://www.videotext.com
Our own oldest son used this program mainly on his own very successfully for Algebra I and II. If you desire a video-based Algebra I and Algebra II course, this is an excellent option to consider.
VideoText Geometry is set up similarly to VideoText Algebra, but it teaches Geometry, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus.
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Author - Mike Maggart
Bibliographic Data - online options
This program is one of Cathy Duffy's Top 101 Picks. YourTeacher's lessons replicate the entire math classroom experience, but you are the only student! Each lesson includes:
Multiple Video Example Problems (similar to how a teacher starts class at the board by explaining the examples from the textbook)
Interactive Practice Problems with Built-in Explanations?(similar to how a teacher assigns practice and walks around the class providing math help)
A Challenge Problem (similar to how a teacher assigns a higher level problem which students must work on their own to prove mastery)
Multiple-Choice Self-Tests (similar to how a teacher assigns problems which you must work on your own to prove mastery of material)
Extra Problem Worksheets (similar to how a teacher assigns additional problems for homework)
Review Notes (similar to how a teacher provides summary handouts or refers you to your textbook for online math help)
This math program works well for students who have struggled with math in the past and who are likely to find Geometry a challenge. It also works well for students who may have begun another Geometry program that was not successful and need to switch to a different program mid-stream to finish the learning out, or for students who may not have a long period of time to complete Geometry and need to get it done in a timely fashion, or for students who must do much of their work on math alone without help from a parent.
This Geometry program does not have nearly the depth of Geometry: A Guided Inquiry, but it does cover needed Geometry concepts in a plain, no-frills fashion. We used it with our own oldest son who needed to get Geometry done in a timely fashion after he took longer than expected to complete Video Text Algebra I and II. At that time, he had begun VideoText Geometry, but we could see it would take him longer than we desired for him to complete it. So, we switched him to YourTeacher.com for Geometry due to time constraints. He really enjoyed the course and did very well with it!