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Homeschool Connections Course Catalog

2016/2017
Course Catalog
Live, Interactive Courses

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About Our Instructors...................................................................4


Contact Information / Fees..........................................................12
Summer 2016.............................................................................13
Fall 2016: Middle School and High School.....................................20
German.............................................................................................20
Government / Law..............................................................................22
History..............................................................................................24
Latin.................................................................................................27
Life Skills..........................................................................................30
Literature..........................................................................................31
Math.................................................................................................36
Philosophy........................................................................................42
Science.............................................................................................43
Spanish.............................................................................................50
Speech and Communications..............................................................52
Test Prep...........................................................................................53
Theology...........................................................................................54
Writing: Aquinas Writing Advantage...................................................61

Spring 2016: Middle School and High School................................78


Computer Programming.....................................................................78
German.............................................................................................79
Government/Law................................................................................81
History..............................................................................................83
Latin.................................................................................................85
Life Skills..........................................................................................89
Literature..........................................................................................90
Math.................................................................................................94
Philosophy / Logic............................................................................100
Science...........................................................................................101
Spanish...........................................................................................110
Speech and Communications............................................................112
Test Prep.........................................................................................113
Theology.........................................................................................114
Writing: Aquinas Writing Advantage.................................................123

Frequently Asked Questions......................................................140


Aquinas Writing Advantage: Suggested Scope and Sequence......143
FAQ: Accreditation....................................................................151
Student Expectations for Live, Interactive Courses.....................154

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About Our Instructors


Monica Ashour, MTS, MHUM
With 20 years of experience in the classroom and Master Degrees in
Humanities and Theological Studies from the University of Dallas,
Monica Ashour comes to us with a breadth and depth of vision that
solidifies and electrifies high school students. A published author,
international speaker, and expert in Pope John Paul IIs seminal work,
the Theology of the Body (TOB), Miss Ashours approach to theology is
quite distinct for she sees TOB as Angelo Cardinal Scola doesas a
foundational way of seeing the Sacramental View of Reality, which can
be applied to any area of the Churchs teachings. She is co-founder and
executive director of the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, Inc.
(TOBET; www.tobet.org). Her published books include Theology of the Body Marriage
Preparation (TOBET Publishing), ToB for Tots, her childrens series for 1-4 year olds and ToB
for Kids for 5-8 year olds (Pauline Books and Media), the Parents Guide to Theology of the
Body for Teens: Middle School Edition and Social Networking: How to Plug in without
Tuning Out (Ascension Press). Miss Ashour is currently developing a TOB Curriculum for Preschool to 4th Grade students.
Miss Ashour teaches theology.
Phillip Campbell
Phillip Campbell holds a BA in European History from Ave Maria
University and a certificate in Secondary Education through Madonna
University. He has a background as a Youth Director and RCIA
instructor. He teaches history and Scripture for the St. Augustine
Homeschool Enrichment Program. Mr. Campbell is the author of the
popular fantasy-epic Tale of Manaeth. He manages and writes for
independent publisher Cruachan Hill Press, which publishes books of
historical and theological interest. He is the editor of The Complete
Works of St. Cyprian of Carthage [Arx Publishing] as well as the author
of the new childrens history book series Story of Civilization [TAN
Books]. Mr. Campbells writings have also appeared in such publications as St. Austin Review
and The Distributist Review. Mr. Campbell served as the Mayor of Howell, MI from 2011 to
2015. He and his wife homeschool their five children.
Mr. Campbell teaches history.
Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Professor Brown Conroy has been teaching writing for 20 years,
including teaching students in private colleges, universities, and
online. She was an online professor of College-Level Writing and
Research for Patrick Henry College (six years) and taught writing,
leadership and management, and health and wellness for
Cornerstone Universitys Professional and Graduate Studies
Division (eight years). Professor Brown Conroy is an author of
several non-fiction books, including Simplified Writing 101: Top
Secrets for College Success, EB Conroys Simplified Vocabulary
Guide, and Twenty Secrets to Success with Your Child. She has
designed online courses and curriculum programs for over 25
years and speaks at conferences on education and learning, reading, and writing. Erin has a
BS and MA from Western Michigan University (WMU) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in
Creative Writing from Western State Colorado University (WSCU) in Genre Fiction. A member
of the Society of Childrens Book Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Science Fiction and
Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and Catholic Writers Guild (CWG), she is also a
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professional fiction writing editor and coach; judges writing contests; and has been a
freelance professional writer in marketing/web writing and ghostwriting for twenty years.
Professor Brown Conroy also authored True North Reading: The Complete Mastery Reading
and Spelling Program a five-level multisensory learn-to-read program online for children
ages two to sixteen at www.truenorthreading.com. Prof. Brown Conroy, who has been
homeschooling for over 30 years, currently homeschools the youngest two of her 13
children who still live at home.
Professor Brown Conroy is the Master Teacher and the Program/Course Designer of
the Aquinas Writing Advantage (AWA) program.
Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP
Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP is a homeschooling mom of three boys. She
has been a physician assistant for over 20 years and works in the
emergency department of St. Francis Hospital. She taught
paramedic students at Quinsigamond Community College for 20
years and taught human biology labs at Eastern Connecticut State
University. She has over 15 years of experience teaching online
classes.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biological
Sciences and Computer Science from Wellesley College, and her
Physician Assistant Certificate and Masters of Health Professions degree from Northeastern
University.
She is the head of her parish pro-life committee, is a member of the Witness for Life
committee addressing end-of-life issues, and is involved with promoting Catholic womens
health.
You can find Kris on the web posting about science resources on
AtHomeScience.blogspot.com, Facebook.com/AtHomeScience, Twitter.com/AtHomeScience
You can follow her pro-lifework on NatureAndDignity.blogspot.com,
Facebook.com/NatureAndDignity/, Twitter.com/nature_dignity
You can also find her at daily Mass, Adoration, or whatever event is going on at her
parish.
Mrs. Correira teaches biology.
MacBeth Derham
MacBeth Derham is a retired homeschooling mother of four very different
children, and wife to Don. She studied biology at Mount Holyoke College,
and has taught natural history in the field for over 25 years. She currently
teaches small classes in her homeschool group, mentors for Aquinas
Learning, tutors math and science privately, and is the 4th grade catechist
in her parish's Faith and Formation program. She blogs occasionally at
http://macbethsopinion.blogspot.com. She speaks at homeschool
conferences on the interdisciplinary need for nature study.
Mrs. Derham teaches science.

Kathy Dutton

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ISEF-

Kathy Dutton holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of


Michigan, as well as a BA in Accounting from University of Michigan. Her
early career involved research, including work with catalytic converts,
neurology, and immunology. Mrs. Dutton has nearly 20 years of
teaching and tutoring experience across various venues, including at
the university, private tutoring, home-school group classes, and public
and Catholic schools.
Mrs. Dutton graduated her youngest child from the family
homeschool in 2014. She teaches Catholic religious education and
Confirmation preparation classes for her parish. Additionally, Mrs.
Dutton devotes time to the Flint Regional Science and Engineering Fair, an
associated fair.
Mrs. Dutton teaches science.

Thomas Frederick, MS
Mr. Frederick is a Physics and Mathematics teacher at Saline High School
in Michigan. He has twenty-plus years of classroom experience helping
young people understand and apply concepts in mathematics and
physics. He holds a Master of Science in Physics Education from Eastern
Michigan University, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics
from the University of Michigan. Mr. Frederick teaches online, does one
on one tutoring, and has had a stint as an associate professor at a local
technical college. In addition to being a teacher, Mr. Frederick was a
Cross Country Coach for 15 years as well as the Coordinator of Youth
Ministry and Confirmation Director for seven years at his local parish. In
that time he built up the youth program from a handful of moderately committed kids to 75100 young people packing the youth room every Sunday night! Suffice to say, he enjoys
working with middle and high school aged young adults in a myriad of different venuesand
especially enjoys living and sharing his Catholic faith. He and his wife have homeschooled
several of their six awesome children. In his spare time, Mr. Frederick enjoys running,
scripture study, fixing computers, gardening, and keeping up a small orchard. He can be
found online at www.physicsisphun.org.
Mr. Frederick teaches Physics and Algebra 2.
Robert Gotcher, PhD
Dr. Gotcher is an independent educator and scholar. He has taught at a
major seminary, graduate and undergraduate students, lay ministry
students, diaconal candidates, and high school students, both online and
in the classroom. He and his wife, Kathy, are raising the last three of their
seven children in Franklin, Wisconsin. Dr. Gotcher has been actively
involved in the homeschooling of his children, especially in junior and high
school. He has taught Latin, literature, physics, astronomy, and religion to
homeschooled students. He has a special devotion to the classical trivium
of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, especially as they pertain to the written arts. Dr. Gotcher
graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies.
He received his M.A. in Theology of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and his Ph.D.
from Marquette University.
Dr. Gotcher teaches literature, theology, and logic.

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Christine Hamilton, Ph.D.


Christine Hamilton is a homeschooling mother of 2 for 7 years. A graduate
of Ohio University, with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and MS in
Healthcare Administration, and NYU with a PhD in Public Health. VIRTUS
trained in Protecting God's Children and taught third grade PSR for her
parish.
Dr. Hamilton teaches science.

Emily Henry
Emily Henry grew up in Michigan where she was homeschooled
along with her brothers. She graduated from Hillsdale College with
a BA in Classical Studies, her concentration being in Latin. She lives
with her wonderful husband in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is
excited to be starting her fifth year with Homeschool Connections in
the Fall of 2016.
Mrs. Henry teaches Latin and literature.
Jean Hoeft, MA
Jean Hoeft has been a math and algebra teacher for 23 years. She
has a BA from the University of Michigan and a MA from
Marygrove University. Jean has taught the confirmation class at
her Catholic parish for 28 years. She loves gardening, sudoku
puzzles, raising chickens, reading, knitting, and everything
Catholic.
Mrs. Hoeft teaches math.

Alexis Mausolf, MA
Alexis Mausolf is a Catholic mother of two whom she homeschooled
through the elementary grades. She earned a Bachelors degree in Russian
studies from Washington and Lee University in 1995 and a Masters degree
in German, with a concentration in German literature, from Florida State
University in 1999. While studying, she was chosen as group leader for the
exchange program Beyond Borders between FSU and the Dresden
Technical College. She was the recipient of a Bosch Stiftung in 1999-2000,
which allowed her to live in Germany for a year, teaching English at
several colleges in the Bundesland of Saxony. She has taught German at the college level in
the States for a number of years and this is her fourth year teaching online with Homeschool
Connections. Her husband is from Germany too, and they enjoy speaking German at home
in Texas with their Kindern.
Mrs. Mausolf teaches German.
Gary Michuta

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Gary Michuta is the author of a half-dozen books on apologetics and


evangelism, including The Case for the Deuterocanon: Arguments and
Evidence and How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids: A Practical Guide to Keeping
Your Kids Catholic. Gary is an award-winning columnist for The Michigan
Catholic archdiocesan newspaper. He has given hundreds of parish talks
and seminars on Catholic apologetics and evangelism over his twentyfive plus years as a professional apologist. Gary has also publically
debated anti-Catholics and has appeared on numerous Catholic
programs such as Catholic Answers Live, The Journey Home, and Kresta
in the Afternoon. He currently lives in southeast Michigan with his wife

and three children.


Mr. Michuta teaches catechetics and apologetics.

Lisa Mladinich
Lisa Mladinich is a Catholic wife and homeschooling mom who
absolutely loves teaching for Homeschool Connections! She is an
author and speaker whose dynamic presentations on faith,
catechetics, and women's issues can be heard at events around the
country, as well as on Catholic TV and radio. Lisa is the bestselling
author of "True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of
Life," (Servant Books) about the authentic beauty of our souls. Her
newest book is due out in August 2016, a prayer book for children
called, "Heads Bowed: Prayers for Catholic School Days" (Liguori

Publications).
Lisa's other writing can be found at AmazingCatechists.com; her blog at
Patheos.com, Water into Wine; her columns for CATECHIST Magazine; and her booklets, "Be
an Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children" and "Be an Amazing Catechist:
Sacramental Preparation" from Our Sunday Visitor (in English and Spanish). She has
contributed to anthologies such as "Why Should I Learn This?" from Homeschool
Connections, "Word by Word: Slowing Down With the Hail Mary" (Ave Maria Press), "The
Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections" (due out August 2016, Ave
Maria), and "Tending the Temple: 365 Days of Spiritual and Physical Devotions," published by
Bezalel Books.
For more information, visit Lisa's dedicated page atAmazingCatechists.com or
connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Google Plus.
Mrs. Mladinich teaches writing, communications, and theology.
Emily Nardozzi, M.Ed.
Mrs. Nardozzi received her undergraduate degree in mathematics and
secondary education from Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame in 2009.
She then participated in Notre Dame's ACE (Alliance for Catholic
Education) program where she earned her Masters in Education. Mrs.
Nardozzi taught at St. Jude in St. Petersburg, FL for three years and at
Father Gabriel Richard in Ann Arbor, MI for four years. She has loved
every minute of being a teacher and feels so blessed to teach in
environments where she can express her Catholic faith, which is so dear to her.
Mrs. Nardozzi teaches mathematics.
Jason Negri, MS, JD

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Mr. Negri has his bachelors and masters degrees from Franciscan
University of Steubenville, and his law degree from Ave Maria School of
Law. He was a member of Ave Maria Law Schools inaugural class of
2003, and is now a practicing attorney in Michigan. He is also Assistant
Director of the Patients Rights Council, a non-profit group devoted to
end-of-life medical ethics and is an elected Trustee of Hamburg
Township. He and his wife Samantha homeschool their children. Mr.
Negri has taught on the high school, college, and graduate level.
Mr. Negri teaches law and government.
Kevin OBrien
Mr. OBrien hosts the television series The Theater of the Word on EWTN
and can also be seen on episodes of EWTNs The Apostle of Common
Sense, The Quest for Shakespeare, and The Journey Home. He portrays J.
R. R. Tolkien on several Tolkien specials hosted by Joseph Pearce. Most
recently Mr. OBrien has appeared in two movies, Manalive, based on the
novel by G. K. Chesterton, and To Follow the Light: the Conversion of
John Henry Newman.
In addition, Mr. OBrien has performed and produced 35 audio
books, and is the only person in history to play every part in a Shakespeare play (twice!),
which he did for his audio readings of The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth for Ignatius
Press. Along with fellow Homeschool Connections instructor Joseph Pearce, he is co-founder
of the website The Christian Shakespeare, which publishes essays demonstrating the
Catholic worldview of the world's greatest dramatist: www.christianshakespeare.com.
Mr. OBrien is also a writer and regular contributor to The St. Austin
Review and Gilbert Magazine. ACS Press will publish his autobiography in 2016. You can visit
his website at www.thewordinc.org
Mr. OBrien teaches speech, drama, and literature.
Dave Palmer, MTS
Mr. Palmer received his Master in Theology degree from the University of
Dallas. He is a great lover of Thomistic philosophy and is currently working
on an outline summary of the entire Summa Theologica. His specific area of
interest is the restoration of Christian philosophy in our culture according to
the philosophy of St. Thomas. Mr. Palmer also holds a Bachelors degree in
Communications/Journalism from Southern Methodist University and Masters
in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. He is currently
the Executive Director of the Guadalupe Radio Network Catholic radio station
in North Texas. Mr. Palmer has taught theology (Sacraments and Scripture) at Bishop Dunne
Catholic High School in Dallas. He is married to Paula and has two daughters, Ena and
Maura, and one son, Patrick.
Mr. Palmer teaches Thomistic Philosophy.

Joseph Pearce
Joseph Pearce is the editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions of Othello,
Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Julius
Caesar, Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. He is the
author of Shakespeare on Love: Seeing the Catholic Presence in
Romeo and Juliet and two other books on Shakespeare: The Quest for
Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon and The Church of
Rome and Through Shakespeares Eyes: Seeing the Catholic
Presence in the Plays. He has hosted two 13-part seasons of The Quest for
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Shakespeare for EWTN. He is Director of the Center for Faith & Culture and Writer-inResidence at Aquinas College in Nashville, editor of the St. Austin Review, and has also
authored books on great Christian writers such as G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S.
Lewis, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. His conversion story can be read in his
autobiography Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love.
Professor Pearce teaches literature.

Geralyn Rea, ME
Geralyn Rea was born and raised in Wichita, KS, but journeyed north to complete her B.A. in
English at Hillsdale College in Michigan. After graduating summa cum laude, she ventured
down south to Texas to begin her Master of English degree at the University of Dallas. While
working for the university and completing her degree, Geralyn also served as a writing,
literature, and standardized testing tutor for homeschoolers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
While tutoring, she rediscovered a passion for teaching, rivaled only by her love of the written
word, and she is anxious to share both of these passions with all of her students. Geralyn lives
with her husband and son in San Antonio, TX.
Geralyn teaches writing and test preparation.

Jean Rioux, Ph. D.


Dr. Rioux is an award-winning professor and chair of the
philosophy department at Benedictine College, where he has
taught for 30 years. A graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, he
earned his Master's and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University
of St. Thomas in Houston. Specializing in the thought of
Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, he has published textbooks in
logic and natural philosophy and a number of articles in the
philosophy of mathematics and other topics. A book on
Thomas' philosophy of mathematics is in the works. He and
Benedictine's chair of theology regularly offer co-taught great books classes in philosophy
and theology. Dr. Rioux and his wife, Maria, raise their children in a renovated farmhouse in
rural Kansas. They have been designing their own curricula and educating their children at
home for nearly 30 years.
Dr. Rioux teaches philosophy.
Ed Rivet, MPA
Ed Rivet has a B.S. in Pre-Law and Public Policy and a Masters in Public
Administration both from Michigan State University. Mr. Rivet has served
as the Right to Life of Michigans Legislative Director since 1988. He has
written and helped enact dozens of laws, including the nations first
complete ban on human cloning, and banning assisted suicide in the
face of the assault on human life by Jack Kevorkian and Geoffrey Fieger.
Mr. Rivet has done countless media interviews, appearing in the Wall
Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, plus live interviews on CNN
and Good Morning America.
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Mr. Rivet teaches government.

Domenico Ruggiero, MS-EM


Mr. Ruggiero holds a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering
from the University of Florida and a Masters degree in Industrial
Engineering Engineering Management from the University of Central
Florida. For most of his professional career, Mr. Ruggiero has worked at
or near the NASA Kennedy Space Center. He has worked on the Space
Shuttle Program as an Orbiter Structures Engineer for United Space
Alliance. Currently he works for a large government consulting firm,
where he has held many roles including Systems Engineer on the NASA
Constellation Program and the NASA Commercial Crew Transportation
Systems Program. More recently, he works as a data analyst &
productivity automation expert for a variety of government agencies including every branch
of the US military the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Mr. Ruggiero and his wife, Sonia, are proud parents to 3 young boys. In addition to the
importance of close personal relationships with his wife and sons, he strives to maintain a
healthy work-life balance so that he can impress upon the children other practical skills in
addition to their homeschool academics such as outdoor skills, physical fitness,
craftsmanship, gardening, sports, community service, and entrepreneurship. Related efforts
have focused on establishing a Catholic homestead for his family.
Mr. Ruggiero teaches space science and computer programming.
Henry Russell, Ph. D.
Dr. Henry Russell is Headmaster of the St. Augustines Homeschool
Enrichment Program founded with his wife Crystal, which tutors
more than 130 students. He is also the President of the SS Peter
and Paul Educational Foundation, dedicated to furthering orthodox
Catholic Liberal Arts education in southeast Michigan.
A graduate of Princeton and South Caroline (M.S.), Dr. Russell
completed his graduate work at Louisiana State University.
Formerly the Chairman of Ave Maria Colleges Department of
Literature, he has also been a professor at Franciscan University of
Steubenville and Wake Forest University.
Dr. Russells works include The Catholic Shakespeare Audio Series available from
Kolbe Academy or directly from him. He was the Associate Editor of The Formalist from
1990-2004 and his writings have been published in various journals. He was honored to edit
Dr. Alice von Hildebrands groundbreaking volume, The Privilege of Being a Woman.
Dr. Russell teaches western literature from Homer to Flannery OConner.
Irma Luz Schmitt, MA
Mrs. Schmitt was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico. She graduated from the
Instituto Tecnolgico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey
Institute of Technology) with a Bachelors degree in Accounting and a
Masters Degree in Education. In 2005, she earned a certification from
Cambridge University to teach English as a second language.
Mrs. Schmitt has worked as an accountant at Catepillar, Cedetel
and Sorteo Tec and she worked at Universidad Virtual del Tec de Monterrey
as part of a team that initiated online courses in Accounting. Mrs. Schmitt
has taught accounting, humanities, and Latin American studies at
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Universidad LaSalle in Ciudad Victoria. Additionally, she taught English as a second language
in the Centro de Lenguas de la Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas. While there she also
participated in a distance-learning program to train teachers who teach English in
elementary public schools. Mrs. Schmitt and her husband live in Delaware where they
homeschool their 10-year-old-daughter.
Mrs. Schmitt teaches Spanish.

Alison Stanley, JD
Mrs. Stanley has a B.A. from Michigan State University in Marketing and
a J.D. from The University of Michigan. After graduating from law school,
Mrs. Stanley obtained a prestigious judicial clerkship in federal court for
serving the Honorable Paul V. Gadola, United States District Court for the
Eastern District of Michigan. She then practiced privately for a year and
a half before retiring to take care of her five children, all who have been
homeschooled at some point. Mrs. Stanley has intricate knowledge of
government and Constitutional Law, which she weaves into al her classes. She has been a
professor at Homeschool Connections for five semesters.
Mrs. Stanley teaches economics, law, and history.
Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD
Sharon Hamric-Weis received her undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education
from the California University of Pennsylvania and taught both middle and high schools
courses at the Palm Beach County School system. During her last year of teaching, Mrs.
Hamric-Weis converted to the Catholic Church and was confirmed. Upon her acceptance
to the Dickinson School of Law, she and her husband then relocated to her home state of
Pennsylvania. Mrs. Hamric-Weis practiced law as Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania
Board of Probation and Parole and has been published in the Dickinson Journal of
International Law, as well as working as a decision writer for the Pennsylvania Board of
Workers Compensation. After working in law, Mrs. Hamric-Weis left her employment to raise
her children and homeschool for several years before returning to work as a
paraprofessional teaching and caring for a student with multiple disabilities. She is happy to
be homeschooling her three children and teaching the advanced writing courses for
Homeschool Connections.
Mrs. Hamric-Weis teaches writing.
Christopher Zehnder, MA
Christopher Zehnder holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from
Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California, and a Master of Arts in
Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell,
Connecticut. He has taught history, theology, Latin, English grammar,
composition, English literature, and universal literature at Catholic
secondary schools in Connecticut and California. He has developed
curricula in history and language arts. In addition to his work in education,
Mr. Zehnder has edited two monthlies and written for various publications
on historical, political, and theological subjects. He currently is general editor for the Catholic
Textbook Project, and is the author of three of the project's books: From Sea to Shining Sea:
The Story of America; Light to the Nations II: the Making of the Modern World; and Lands of
Hope and Promise: A History of North America. He lives with his wife, Katherine, and their
seven children in Tehachapi, California, raising goats, chickens, and vegetables.
Mr. Zehnder teaches history and theology.

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Contact Information / Fees


To register for live, interactive courses:
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Email address: info@homeschoolconnections.com
Toll-free phone number: (888) 372-4757
Website: www.homeschoolconnections.com
You can also find Homeschool Connections on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Live, Interactive Courses:


Prices are shown with each course listing. Price varies for individual courses and is based on
several factors: The length of the course; the difficulty level in grading homework; and the
instructors degree and experience

Course Materials:
To help keep your expenses down, we provide some course materials free online or as PDF
files. In the case of literature courses, the books should be easily available from your library.
A few courses require the purchase of lab materials, workbook, or a textbook. When
possible, we provide information to find them inexpensively or used. See individual course
listings for required course materials.

Equipment:
You need a computer, high speed Internet, and a headset with a microphone (easily found
inexpensively). There is no need for a web camera. If you would like the option of watching
recorded lectures (available within 24 hours) on a newer television instead of your computer,
you may need an HDMI cable or wireless system (such as Chromecast) to hook the computer
to the television (optional).

Software:
The software to participate in your classes is provided free. Generally speaking you should
also have Microsoft Word to turn in homework assignments (or the ability to convert a
document to Word) and the ability to read PDF files.

Additional Fees:
We do not charge registration fees, family fees, or orientation fees. However, there is a
Late-Registration fee. Courses are closed for registration one week before the first class.
We can re-open registration if requested with an additional $20 fee per course.

Early Enrollment Discount:


Course fees are discounted $10 to $25 for early enrollment (per course). The deadlines are:
Summer 2016: March 15, 2016
Fall 2016: July 15, 2016
Spring 2017: November 15, 2016
The discount is built in when you register. No need to remember special steps or discount
codes.

Other Services Offered by Homeschool Connections:

Unlimited Access (Recorded courses for independent learning)


Instructor Access (Grading services for recorded courses)
Free online conferences for Catholic homeschooling parents

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Please visit our website or email us for more information.

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Summer 2016
Registration closes one week before the first class. (We can re-open registration if requested
with an additional $20 fee per course.)

How to Be an Excellent Student: Note Taking, Test Taking,


and How to Get an A
Homeschool Connections offers this course free throughout the school year. How to Be an
Excellent Student lays a foundation of study skills to help students be successful in all of
their other courses. Get ready for the school year now and register for this short, but vital,
course.
Total classes: 4
Class dates and times: This course will be offered several times this semester. Register for
one of the following:
All dates are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,
May 2 to 5 at 1: 00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
June 27 to June 30 at 11: 30 PM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
August 8 to 11 at 11: 30 PM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
August 22 to 25 at 1: 00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes per class
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th to 10th grade
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course is designed to help your student become strong,
confident, and able to study for any high school level course with success.
Course outline:
Class 1: Active listening and how to take notes effectively
Class 2: Active reading and how to study effectively
Class 3: Critical reading skills for comprehension
Class 4: Test-taking in a timed setting
Course materials: All materials provided free from the instructor.
Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 2 hours of work per class (reading
and automated quizzes).

Fiction Writing 8: Writing the Short Story *New


This course only accepts 15 students.
Fiction Writing 8 will be offered again in the Spring 2017 semester.
Series description: There are eight courses in the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series.
Students can jump into the series at any time. Students can also take The Heros Journey:
Mythic Structure for Writers and Screenwriting at the same time as the series courses.
Total Classes: 4
Class dates: Thursday's, April 14 to May 5, 2016
Starting time: 10:30 AM Eastern (9:30 Central; 8:30Mountain; 7:30 Pacific)
Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Creative Writing or English. Add other writing or literature
courses for a full semester credit.
Fee: $89 if you register on or before March 15, 2016. $99 after March 15 for all 4 classes.
($119 after April 6)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
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Course description: Have you ever wanted to write (and publish) a short story? This
course will cover just that -- how to write a dynamic, publishable short story -- including
fleshing out ideas for your short stories, the similarities and differences between short
stories and full-length book writing, and marketing your short stories to publications.
Course outline:
Class 1: Defining short stories: micro fiction, flash fiction, short stories, novelettes, and
novellas
Class 2: Characteristics of dynamic, saleable short stories
Class 3: Brainstorming, outlining, and forming your short story
Class 4: Short story markets and sales
Course materials: All course materials will be provided.
Homework: Estimated one to three hours of homework outside of class time per class,
depending on the students ability.

Fiction Writing 7: Authoring a Book II: Perfecting your


Query Letter and Synopsis *New
This course only accepts 15 students.
Series description: There are eight courses in the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series.
Students can jump into the series at any time. Students can also take The Heros Journey:
Mythic Structure for Writers and Screenwriting at the same time as the series courses.
Total Classes: 4
Class dates: Monday through Thursday May 2 to May 5 (May 2, 3, 4, and 5)
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: Authoring a Book I (live or recorded)
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Creative Writing or English. Add other writing or literature
courses for a full semester credit.
Fee: $89 if you register on or before March 15, 2016. $99 after March 15 for all 4 classes.
($119 after April 24)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: During this course, each student will receive feedback on their own
query letter and synopsis two components necessary for submitting your work to an agent
and/or publisher. The class will have both instructor feedback and workshopping together,
and students should leave the course with documents that have been edited and polished.
Course outline:
Class 1: Analyzing excellent query letters
Class 2: Workshopping query letters
Class 3: Analyzing excellent synopses
Class 4: Workshopping synopses
Course materials: All course materials will be provided free by the instructor.
Homework: Estimated one to three hours of homework outside of class time per class,
depending on the students ability.

The Science of Bugs! (AKA Entomology)


Total classes: 8
Class dates: Mondays through Thursdays, June 6 to June 16, 2016. (June 6, 7, 8, 9,
13, 14, 15, 16)
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: semester Entomology or Science
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Fee: $70 if you register on or before March 15, 2016. $80 if you register after Mar.
15 for all 8 classes. ($100 after May 31)
Instructor: Christine Hamilton, Ph.D.
Course description: Fun lighthearted study of the insect world. We will learn
about insect type, habitat, sounds and some yummy recipes (really!). Pests,
workers, artiststhe intrepid insects of the world fascinate, annoy, and benefit
humankind. From butterflies to bees to the lowly cockroach, insects are an integral
part of the natural environment, making their mark on culture through rhyme and
lore. What causes fireflies to blink? Did you ever wonder about the origin of "Sleep
tight, don't let the bed bugs bite?" Let's delve into the insect world and see what we
can learn.
Course outline:
1. Fastest
2. Largest
3. Longest
4. Most Numerous
5. Most Spectacular
6. Smallest
7. Misc. (Bioluminescence, loudest, most toxic)
8. Recipes (crunchy, chewy)
Course materials: Everything will be provide at no extra charge by the instructor.
Homework: Research insect of your choice for report at the end of the course.

Internet Acting Camp for Middle School *New


Total classes: 10
Class dates: Mondays through Fridays, June 6 through June 17 (June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
13, 14, 15, 16, 17)
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 AM Mountain; 10:00
AM Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: semester Drama
Fee: $130 if you register on or before March 15, 2016. $150 after March 15th for all
10 classes. ($170 after May 29)
Instructor: Kevin OBrien
Course description: Can a group of homeschoolers put together a one-act play in
two weeks, even if theyre separated by thousands of miles and acting for their
webcams? Well find out in this fun, challenging, inspiring and kind of crazy Internet
Acting Camp! The final production will either be recorded as an Adobe Connect
session, or (if we can manage it technically) edited and uploaded as a video for
family and friends to watch!
Course outline:
Day 1 - Introduction and overview - Mr. O'Brien talks about show business and about
St. Genesius, patron saint of actors.
Day 2 - Short scenes from various plays will be read, acting tips will be given.
Day 3 - We will begin to formulate a plot and characters for our play.
Day 4 - Plot and character outlines will be written as a final outline.
Day 5 - Provisional scenes will be read and / or improvised. We will come up with a
few dialogue scenes that are fun and that we're proud of.
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(Between the two weeks, Mr. O'Brien will write the play whose plot and characters
the students have outlined into a final form, with scenes, dialogue, etc.)
Day 6 - The play is read in class. Acting coaching is provided.
Day 7 - Rehearsal
Day 8 - Rehearsal
Day 9 - Rehearsal
Day 10 - Final performance!
Course materials: Students must have a working webcam and microphone. Other
course materials will be provided free as PDFs by the instructor.
Homework: Writing scenes, learning lines, practicing on your own. About 5 hours
per week minimum, but each student may do more if his or her heart is in it!

Math Foundations Boot Camp *New


Total classes: 8
Class dates: Mondays through Thursdays, June 13 to June 23, 2016 (June 13, 14,
15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23)
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Completion of at least one middle school level math course
Suggested credit: semester math.
Suggested grade level: Geared toward 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. However, 9th
graders are welcomed who would like to strengthen their math foundation.
Fee: $95 if you register on or before March 15, 2016. $110 after March 15 for all 8
classes. ($130 after June 5)
Instructor: Emily Nardozzi, M.Ed.
Course description: The focus of this course will be to strengthen students' skills
in working with fractions, decimals, and percentages. Fractions are the most
misunderstood concept in all of mathematics and many students cringe when they
come across them in a math problem. The goal of this course is to make sure that
students are able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions, decimals, and
percentages with ease and confidence.
Course outline:
Mon., June 13: Identify, compare, order, and demonstrate equivalent relationships
between integers, rational numbers in decimal, fraction, and percent notation
Tues., June 14: Represent, order, and compare integers and describe their absolute
value
Wed., June 15: Identify, compare, and perform the four basic operations relating to
rational numbers in fraction, decimal, and percent notation.
Thurs., June 16: Identify, compare, and perform the four basic operations relating to
rational numbers in fraction, decimal, and percent notation.
Mon., June 20: Evaluate expressions using order of operations
Tues., June 21: Evaluate expressions using order of operations
Wed., June 22: Solve equations and inequalities
Thurs., June 23: Review
Course materials: None, all materials will be provided FREE by the instructor.
Homework: 1 quiz per day will be given with approximately 5-10 problems, these
should take around 10-15 minutes.

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A Study of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, I Call you


Friends *New
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 20 through June 30.
(June 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30)
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 AM Mountain; 10:00
AM Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: semester Literature
Fee: $110 if you register on or before March 15, 2016. $125 after March 15th for all
8 classes. ($145 after June 12)
Instructor: Kevin OBrien
Course description: Two of the greatest Christian writers of the 20th century were
also close friends - C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien - a friendship that awakened Lewis
to the Faith, but that also may have faltered because of the demands of the Faith.
We examine the relationship of these two men, the ups and downs of their
friendship, and how they influenced one anothers writings.
Course outline:
Class one: Overview of the course and of the setting and times into which Lewis &
Tolkien were born.
Class two: Selections from Surprised by Joy, the life of C.S. Lewis
Class three: Selections from Joseph Pearce's biography of J.R.R. Tolkien
Class four: Tolkien's "On Fairy Stories" and the Night Talk that started Lewis'
conversion
Class five: Other influences on Lewis' faith: Chesterton and the Inklings.
Class six: The Inklings and the development of the writings of Lewis and Tolkien:
how they influenced one another.
Class seven: Lewis' marriage and Tolkien's reaction to it: trouble in the friendship.
Class eight: We examine the legacy of each author, review what we've learned, and
bring the course to a conclusion.
Course materials: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0156870118/catholictreas-20) and Tolkien:
Man and Myth by Joseph Pearce
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898708257/catholictreas-20) should both be
purchased by students and at least one of the two books should be read ahead of
time, before the first class session. Other material will be brief selections from works
and letters of the two authors, and will be provided by the instructor in class or as
PDFs.
Homework: Completing the assigned reading for each class; taking six quizzes and
one essay exam. Estimated homework time each week: 4 hours.

Health Science: Nutrition


Total classes: 8
Class dates: Mondays through Thursdays, July 11 to July 21 (July 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20,
21)
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: At least a 9th grade level of understanding of science.
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Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade


Suggested credit: semester Health Science
Fee: $70 if you register on or before March 15, 2016. $80 if you register after Mar. 15 for all
8 classes. ($100 after July 3)
Instructor: Christine Hamilton, Ph.D.
Course description: Teaches the basic concepts of healthy eating. We will learn what food
means to the body and gain a better understanding of its necessity.
Course outline:
1. Healthy Eating - proper nutrition can help prevent a number of health conditions including
(but not limited to); Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and obesity.
Planning a balanced diet and understanding nutrition labels.
2. Protein - necessary for muscles, skin and hair.
3. Carbohydrates - the body's primary source of energy converted to glucose.
4. Fats - help synthesize fat soluble vitamins (A,E,D,K).
5. Vitamins - Essential vitamins including; A, B, Complex C, D, E, K and folate.
6. Minerals - essential minerals include; calcium, iron, zinc, iodine and chromium.
7. Water - we are 60% H2O, our brain is 70% H2O.
8. Proper Diet - Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs and other body parts strong.
Course materials: Food for Today: Student Activity Paperback by Helen Kowtaluk, ISBN #
0078616468 (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0078616468/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Students will be asked to bring a canned or boxed food item to class with them
to learn about label reading and meanings. Students will keep a three-day food journal to
track short-term eating habits. Expect daily homework at approximately 30-45 minutes each
day.

The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton *New


Total classes: 6
Class dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, August 9 to August 18 (9, 10 & 11,
16, 17, 18)
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 AM; Mountain; 10:00
AM Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Complete reading of The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton before
the first day of class
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: semester credit for Literature or English
Fee: $75 if you register on or before March 15, 2016. $90 after March 15 for all 6
classes. ($110 after Aug. 1)
Instructor: Joseph Pearce
Course description: The Everlasting Man is G. K. Chestertons classic work of
Catholic Apologetics. The book's thesis is ultimately that the Incarnation is central to
an understanding of history. Chesterton takes on the claim that man is simply the
product of evolution, arguing that Christianity provides the True explanation for the
genesis and purpose of human life. Chesterton wrote the book as a rebuttal to
popular author H.G. Wells, whose secularist The Outline of History was influential at
the time (1920s). As Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society,
says, Of all of Chestertons literary monuments, this is perhaps his greatest, for he
eloquently and concisely packs the whole human story between the covers of one
book. In this course, we will unpack that story and study it together over six
classes.
Course outline:
Class one: Part I, chapters 1-3
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Class two: Part I, chapters 4-6


Class three: Part I, chapters 7-8
Class four: Part II, chapters 1-2
Class five: Part II, chapters 3-4
Class six: Part II, chapters 5-6
Course materials: G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man (Ignatius Press), ISBN
#978-0-89870-444-0
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898704448/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Completing the assigned reading for each class; taking six quizzes.
Estimated homework time each week: 3 hours.

High School Writing Essentials 5: Punctuation and


Grammar II *NEW
College Preparatory
Total classes: 6
Class dates: Week One: Monday through Thursday. Week Two: Monday and
Tuesday: August 22, 23, 24, 25: 29, 30; 2016
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: High School Writing Essentials 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar
I
and High School Simplified Writing 1: All-Encompassing Foundational High School
Writing Skills (Live, interactive courses or Unlimited Access recorded courses)
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Writing or English
Fee: $99 if you register on or before March 15, 2016; $119 after March 15 for all 6
classes. ($139 after Aug. 14)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course continues your students punctuation and
grammar instruction and exercises, taking your student to college-level
understanding. Students will move beyond common understanding to mastering the
skills. If you want your teen to never struggle with punctuation and grammar and be
able to be skillful in upper-level, college-prep punctuation and grammar, this is the
course for you.
Course outline:
Class 1: The power of punctuation; what punctuation does (and doesnt do) for your
writing, and how you can harness that power
Class 2: Complete comma understanding and practice: identification of commas
with multiple clause sentences (the sentence/non-sentence trick)
Class 3: Complete comma understanding and practice: typical comma errors and
editors choices with commas
Class 4: Common, unusual, and rare comma placement in common, unusual, and
rare places
Class 5: Semicolons, colons, and commas used together correctly
Class 6: End punctuation issues, quotation mark errors, and quotes within quotes
issues
Class 7: Citations, references, footnotes, and research-centric punctuation
Class 8: Mastering punctuation in the SAT and ACT
Course materials: TBA, ordering information forthcoming. Word 2007 or later
version or the ability to convert documents to Word-compatible documents.
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Homework: Homework: Daily quizzes, with an estimated two to three hours per
week for homework outside of class time. Quizzes are graded automatically by the
computer for instant feedback. Course includes skill-building sheets with corrections
guide. Personalized question time will be offered in class to insure a strong
understanding of concepts.
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Fall 2016: Middle School and High School


Registration closes one week before the first class. (We can re-open registration if
requested with an additional $20 fee per course.)

German

German I, Part One


This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to sign up for Part Two in
the spring semester.
Total classes: 28
Class dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, September 7 to December 14, 2016. No
class Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 8th and 9th grade. Upper grades may also participate if
beginning German.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester German or Foreign Language
Fee: $200.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $225 if you register after
July 15 for all 28 classes. ($245 after Aug. 30)
Instructor: Alexis Mausolf, MA
Course description: This course will introduce students to German vocabulary,
grammar and culture with twice-weekly meetings. The program will focus on
building a solid German vocabulary and developing comprehension of the written
and spoken German language. Each class will feature pronunciation practice,
conversation, new grammar concepts and cultural trivia. Students will complete
regular homework, quizzes and chapter tests, dictations and a short presentation at
the end of the semester. To demonstrate that it is a living language, everything
from nursery rhymes, songs, and proverbs to commercials and cartoons will be
incorporated as learning aids.
Course outline:
Week 1 Introductions, German alphabet, pronunciation guide, syllabus and course
expectations, Lessons 1 and 2 - Simple vocabulary and cognates, introduction to
gender and definite articles, plural forms of nouns, family vocabulary
Week 2 Lesson 3 - School and classroom vocabulary, indefinite articles
Week 3 Lesson 4 - Verbs and conjugation, pronouns and question words, review of
first four chapters
Week 4 Review of first four chapters, conversation, practice and testing
Week 5 Lesson 5 - Counting and numbers, simple equations, money
Week 6 Lesson 6 - Telling time and adverbial time expressions, colloquial time
designations, intro to official time
Week 7 Lesson 7 - Clothing and color vocabulary, predicate adjectives, describing
objects
Week 8 Lesson 8 - Conjugation of the verb sein, professions and trades
vocabulary, possessive adjectives
Week 9 Review of past four chapters, conversation, dictation and testing

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Week 10 Lesson 9 - Sport and game vocabulary, the verb haben, expressing
preference
Week 11 Review day, Thanksgiving break
Week 12 - Lesson 10 - The accusative case, food and eating vocabulary, the verb
essen
Week 13 Lesson 11 - Accusative case with indefinite articles, accusative
prepositions, picnic vocabulary
Week 14 Lesson 12 - Transportation vocabulary, conjugation of stem-changing
verbs
Week 15 Review, student presentations, dialogue and dictation practice, testing
Course materials: German is Fun Book 1: Lively Lessons for Beginners by Elsie M.
Szecsy, published by Amsco (best ordered directly from publisher
http://amscopub.com).
The Everything Learning German Book with CD, second edition, by Edward Swick,
MA. Published by Adams Media (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/159869989X/catholictreas20).
*Both texts will be used for the second semester course as well.
Homework: Learning a foreign language requires regular practice. Ideally, at least
half an hour per day should be spent on German, i.e. completing the grammar drills
assigned, memorizing vocabulary, reading for comprehension, taking tests or
quizzes, listening to online German news broadcasts, and generally becoming
familiar with the language. All assignments are given and graded by the instructor.

German II, Part One


This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to sign up for Part Two in
the spring semester.
This course only accepts 18 students.
Total classes: 28 classes and 12-14 supplemental conversation sessions.
Class dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, September 7 to December 14, plus an extra
hour conversation session, TBD depending on student schedules. (Usually this
can be scheduled for 30 minutes before or after class once a week.) No class Nov.
23 for Thanksgiving.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: German I
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: One full semester credit for German or Foreign Language
Fee: $210 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $235 if you register after July
15 for all 28 classes. ($255 after Aug. 30)
Instructor: Alexis Mausolf, MA
Course description: This fifteen-week course will continue the progress of
students who have already had a year of German by adding to their knowledge of
vocabulary, grammar and culture. The class will meet three times per week: the
first two meetings will cover the mechanics of the language grammar and reading
and the third period will be 30 minutes devoted to conversation. The course will
feature pronunciation practice, conversation, new grammar concepts and cultural
trivia with an emphasis on reading comprehension this year. Students will complete
regular homework, quizzes and chapter tests, dictations and two projects during the
semester. We will use everything from nursery rhymes, songs, and proverbs to

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commercials and cartoons to aid the acquisition of this modern and living European
language.
Course outline:
Week 1 Review vocab
Week 2 Review noun cases, verb conjugations
Week 3 Modal verbs
Week 4 - Two-way prepositions
Week 5 Two-way prepositions continued
Week 6 Separable prefix verbs
Week 7 Review, first exam
Week 8 The genitive case
Week 9 Der-words
Week 10 Adjective endings
Week 11 More adjective endings and second exam
Week 12 Questions and commands
Week 13 The present perfect tense
Week 14 Present perfect, continued
Week 15 Review, third exam
Course materials:
1. German Grammar Drills, Second edition, by Ed Swick, ISBN # 0071789456.
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0071789456/catholictreas-20)
2. Two Klett readers from the Stadt, Land, Fluss series. hese are small German
chapter books to be used in addition to the grammar text. They are called Blinder
Passagier and Spannende Tour im Schwarzwald, both by Andrea Maria Wagner. One
can order these from the International Book Service at 1-800- 277-4247, or at
ibis@IBIService.com.
Homework: At least hour per day should be spent on German. When not
completing grammar drills or homework assignments, students should be learning
vocabulary, listening online to the German news, reading and re-reading the texts
given, and studying for the quizzes and tests. All assignments are given and graded
by the instructor.

Government / Law

American Elections: Democracy in Action


Total classes: 6
Class dates: Mondays, October 10 to November 14, 2016.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of American government.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Government. For a full credit, add another
government course (live or recorded), or see our Government Reading List.
Fee: $90 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $100 after July 15 for all 6
classes. ($120 after Oct. 2)
Instructor: Ed Rivet, MPA
Course description: This 6-week course will explore the "ins and outs" of the
American electoral process, with a special emphasis on the upcoming 2016
Presidential Election. We'll begin class five weeks prior to the November election,
with our last class a wrap up, just days after we've elected a new president. (Well ...
hopefully we won't have a repeat of the year 2000 "hanging chad" debacle.) Along
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with weekly lectures, there will be some interactive features during the class time.
Perhaps we'll have a little "prognostication" contest on the outcome of certain
elections.
Course outline:
Week 1: Elections: Overview of Constitution & Laws
Week 2: Comparisons: Local v. State v. National Elections; Partisan v. Nonpartisan;
Jungle Primaries; U.S. System v. other countries
Week 3: The Electoral College - Should It Stay or Should It Go?
Week 4: Anatomy of Campaigns: Operations, PACs & Super PACs, Polls & Pundits
Week 5: How Issues, Incidents & Outside Events Affect Campaigns
Week 6: Post-election Analysis - What drove the results? How accurately did we
foresee the results? What are the implications of the results?
Course materials: Provided free by the instructor or online.
Homework: Students will have a variety of "home"work assignments reading,
research, some essays, etc. Students are going to be STRONGLY encouraged to
volunteer at least a couple hours of their time to any candidate or issue campaign
of their choice during the 6-week period. Essays graded by the instructor.

U.S. Citizenship and Civics


Total classes: 12
Class dates: Fridays, September 9 to December 9, 2016. No class Oct. 21 for
midterm break or Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Government or Civics
Fee: $175 if you enroll on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Sept. 1)
Instructor: Jason Negri, MS/JD
Course description: This course is an introduction to this thing we call civics.
Immigrants to the United States need to pass a test to become citizens - we take it
for granted. The class covers a little bit of everything: history, government, politics,
law, and economics. Together, they give a frame of reference for understanding this
experiment in ordered liberty that we call America.
Course materials: Provided free by the instructor.
Homework: Almost every week weekly current-events reports and two to three
larger projects/papers. Graded by the instructor.

A History of Government in Europe and America, Part One


*New
This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in
the spring semester.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Thursdays, September 15 to December 15, 2016. No class November
24 for Thanksgiving and December 8 for Feast of Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
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Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade


Suggested credit: 1 full semester World History or Government
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Sept. 7)
Instructor: Christopher Zehnder, MA
Course description: This course would explore the ideas and institutions that
influenced and formed political establishments in Europe and America. We will read
primary source documents, including excerpts from Aristotle and Plato, St. Thomas
Aquinas, St. Robert Bellarmine, Pope Leo XIII, John Locke, and American state papers
(Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, Anti-Federalist writings, and the
U.S. Constitution). We would seek to understand from whence our modern political
ideas arose and how they compare to political ideas proposed by Catholic tradition.
Course materials: The instructor will provide primary source texts in pdf format
free to students.
Homework: Students read assigned texts. The instructor will assign and grade two
short essays each semester.

History

Lives of the Saints: Revealing the Glory of God, Part One


*New
This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the spring
semester.
Total classes: 10
Class dates: Wednesdays, September 21 to November 30, 2016. No Class Nov. 23
for Thanksgiving.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11;00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: 3/4 semester History, Literature, or Religion
Fee: $150 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $170 after July 15 for all 10
classes. ($190 after Sept. 13)
Instructor: Alison Stanley, JD
Course description: This course explores the lives of the saints, both past and
present. It is a combination of literature, art, history and religion. St. Peter the
Apostle, St. Augustine, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. John Vianney and St. Teresia
Benedicta (Edith Stein) are some of the saints that will be discussed during the
semester.
Course materials: Provided free by the instructor.
Homework: Approximately 30 minutes a week. Also, a final project will be
assigned (to be completed throughout the semester) and graded by the instructor.

Middle School U.S. History: Part 1 (1492-1847) *New


This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the spring
semester.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Tuesdays, September 13 to December 13, 2016. No class Oct. 4 or
Nov. 1.
Starting time: 4:30 PM Eastern (3:30 Central; 2:30 Mountain; 1:30 Pacific)
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Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: none
Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester U.S. history
Fee: $155 if registered on or before July 15, 2016. $175 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($195 after Sept. 5)
Instructor: Phillip Campbell
Course description: Following the outline of the popular From Sea to Shining Sea
textbook, Mr. Phillip Campbell guides Middle School students from the European
discovery of America, the foundation of the United States, through the Civil War.
Course outline:
Week 1: Discovery and Conquest
Week 2: France in the New World
Week 3: English Settlements
Week 4: The Colonies Grow
Week 5: The French-Indian War
Week 6: The Revolutionary War
Week 7: The American Constitution
Week 8: The Federalist Era
Week 9: Early Days of the New Nation
Week 10: War of 1812 to 1820
Week 11: Manifest Destiny
Week 12: The Mexican War
Course materials: Textbook, From Sea to Shining Sea by Christopher Zehnder
(www.catholictextbookproject.com/).
Homework: Weekly readings from the textbook and study questions. 2 hours per
week estimated.

American History: Lands of Hope and Promise, Part One


*New
This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in
the spring semester.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Mondays, September 12 to December 5, 2016. No class Oct. 10 for
midterm break.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 75 minutes (1 hour 15 minutes)
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester American History
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Sept. 4)
Instructor: Christopher Zehnder, MA
Course description: This course examines the history of the major civilizations of
North America from the discovery of America in 1492 to the early 1970s. We will
discuss the events, cultural movements, and ideas that led to the founding of the
United States and contributed to its development as both a major power and
influence both in North America and the world as a whole. The course examines the
development of Latin America after the 18th century by examining concurrently the
history of Mexico and thus provides a counterpoint to U.S. history by looking at
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how the ideas that predominated in Anglo-America worked themselves out in a very
different social and cultural context. In addition to the common themes discussed in
standard American history courses, this course highlights the role of the Catholic
Church and the Catholic faithful in U.S. and Latin American history and how
Catholics adjusted themselves to a civilization that in many respects was very
different from what they had known in Europe. The course is divided into two parts.
Part I (first semester) begins with Columbus' discovery of America to the beginning
of the Civil War in the United States. Part II (second semester) continues the story,
beginning with the Civil War and concluding with the beginnings of our
contemporary world in the early 1970s.
Course materials: The text for the course (both Part One and Part Two) is Lands of
Hope and Promise, A History of North America, published by and available from
http://www.catholictextbookproject.com/. The text is now available in hard cover.
Homework: Students read assigned portions of the text. Lectures focus on those
events and ideas that are the keys for understanding the historical periods under
consideration. The instructor will assign two short essays each semester.

Contemporary U.S. History *New


Total classes: 12
Class dates: Wednesdays, September 7 to December 7, 2016. No class Oct. 5 or
Nov. 23.
Starting time: 4:30 PM Eastern (3:30 Central; 2:30 Mountain; 1:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None. However, Modern U.S. History is recommended.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester of U.S. History
Fee: $170 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $190 after July 15 th for all 12
classes. ($210 after Aug. 30)
Instructor: Phillip Campbell
Course description: This final course in Mr. Campbell's U.S. History series follows
the fortunes of the United States from its position of unrivaled global supremacy at
the end of the Cold War, through the boom of the 90's and into the post-9/11 world.
This class will help students understand contemporary national and global events in
light of the historic and cultural shifts of the past 25 years.
Course outline:
Week 1: The Bush Presidency
Week 2: The Democratic Insurgency
Week 3: Problems Domestic and Foreign (1992-1996)
Week 4: The 1990s: Boom to Bust
Week 5: Culture and Counterculture
Week 6: Scandals: 1997-2000
Week 7: Towards 9/11 and Beyond
Week 8: Meltdown and Recovery
Week 9: The Surveillance State
Week 10: The Obama Revolution and Reaction
Week 11: The March of Liberalism
Week 12: Crossroads of America
Course materials: Free primary source materials will be provided electronically
(free) by the instructor.

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Homework: Weekly reading assignments, weekly quizzes, and occasional essay


questions (graded by the instructor). Estimated 2 hours per week.

Catholic Middle Ages


Total classes: 12
Class dates: Mondays, September 12 to December 5, 2016. No class Oct. 10.
Starting time: 4:30 PM Eastern (3:30 Central; 2:30 Mountain; 1:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None. However, "Life and Times of the Ancient Romans" is
recommended.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester World History
Fee: $165 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $185 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($205 after Sept. 4)
Instructor: Phillip Campbell
Course description: An in-depth study of the cultural, political, intellectual, and
artistic life of the Middle Ages with a focus on the contributions of the Catholic
Church to medieval civilization.
Course outline:
Week 1: The Fall of Rome
Week 2: Monasticism
Week 3: The Holy Isle
Week 4: The Church's Eldest Daughter
Week 5: Charlemagne Week 6: Investiture and Ideology
Week 7: Dawn of Scholasticism
Week 8: Cluniacs & Cistercians
Week 9: Deus Vult & The Crusades
Week 10: Mendicant Orders
Week 11: Medieval Heresy
Week 12: Church vs. State
Course materials: TBA
Homework: Weekly quizzes and occasional short answer questions (graded by the
instructor) along with assigned reading. Expect to spend hours per week on
homework in addition to weekly lectures and review.

Latin
Students are taught both Ecclesiastical and Classical pronunciations in all
Homeschool Connections live, interactive Latin courses. This is so that students can
fully participate in Latin Mass as well be prepared for advanced Latin studies in
college.

Middle School Latin, Part One


Due to the popularity of this course, it will be offered twice. Choose the day and
time that works best for your homeschool.
This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the Spring
Semester.
Total classes: 14
Class dates:
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Mondays, September 12 to December 19, 2016


OR
Tuesdays, September 6 to December 20, 2016
Starting time:
Mondays: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
OR
Tuesdays: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th and 8th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Latin or Foreign Language
Fee: $150 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $170 after July 15 for all 14
classes. ($190 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: Students will be introduced to basic Latin grammar and
vocabulary through fun activities and homework assignments. They will also be
encouraged to use certain online resources to help them develop good study habits.
This course will prepare students for Beginning Latin. Materials will be supplied free
by the instructor. We will explore both Classical and Ecclesiastical pronunciations.
Course materials: Latin dictionary with both a Latin to English as well as English to
Latin section (such as
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0877205612/catholictreas-20). Students are
not to use online Latin dictionaries. A working microphone with headphones is
mandatory. All other course materials provided free by the Mrs. Henry.
Homework: Students should spend a half hour a day, four days a week on their
homework. This course is project based and is graded by the instructor.

Beginning Latin, Part One


Due to the popularity of this course, it will be offered twice. Choose the day and
time that works best for your homeschool.
This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the spring.
Total classes: 14 classes
Class dates:
Mondays, September 12 to December 19, 2016. No class Oct.24 for midterm break.
OR
Tuesdays, September 6 to December 13, 2016. No class Nov. 1 for All Saints Day.
Starting time:
Mondays: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
OR
Tuesdays: 11:30 am Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th grade and up.
Suggested credit: One full semester of Latin or Foreign Language
Fee: $180 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $200 after July 15 for all 14
classes. ($220 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: Throughout this fourteen-week course, students will focus on
learning Latin grammar and vocabulary. They will explore both Classical and
Ecclesiastical pronunciations as well as the history behind this beautiful language.
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Breakout rooms, Quizlet, and other materials supplemented by the instructor will be
utilized to encourage good study habits. The textbook, Wheelock's Latin, will be our
overarching guide for the course. Students will work up to chapter 10 (chapters are
approximate and may vary slightly).
Course materials: Wheelocks Latin 7th Edition
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061997226/catholictreas-20) and other
materials supplemented free by the instructor. Students are required to have a
Quizlet account (free at www.quizlet.com). A working microphone with headphones
is mandatory.
Homework: Students will have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes. In
addition to homework, they will be encouraged to study Latin for at least fifteen
minutes each day. Midterm and final exams graded by the instructor.

Intermediate Latin, Part One


Due to the popularity of this course, it will be offered twice. Choose the day and
time that works best for your homeschool.
This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the spring.
Total classes: 14 classes
Class dates:
Mondays, September 12 to December 19, 2016. No class Oct.24 for midterm break.
OR
Tuesdays, September 6 to December 13, 2016. No class Nov. 1 for All Saints Day.
Starting time:
Mondays: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
OR
Tuesdays: 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Latin I, Part One and Two (live or recorded) or the equivalent. If
students havent taken Latin One with Mrs. Henry, they will need a score of 70% or
higher on the required entrance exam (email
homeschoolconnections@gmail.com for exam)
Suggested grade level: 9th grade and up.
Suggested high school credit: One full semester of Latin or Foreign Language
Fee: $185 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $205 if you register after July
15 for all 14 classes. ($225 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: Students interested in continuing their Latin journey will find
that Latin Two is the right class for them! This fourteen-week course will focus on
deepening students understanding of advanced Latin grammar, vocabulary,
translation skills, and the history behind this beautiful language. Breakout rooms,
Quizlet, and other materials supplemented by the instructor will be utilized to
encourage good study habits. The textbook, Wheelock's Latin, will be our
overarching guide for the course. Students will work through chapters 20 - 30
(chapters are approximate and may vary slightly). Students will explore both
Ecclesiastical and Classical pronunciations.
Course materials: Wheelocks Latin 7th Edition
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061997226/catholictreas-20) and a Latin
dictionary with Latin to English and English to Latin sections (such as
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0877205612/catholictreas-20). Students are

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not to use online Latin dictionaries. A working microphone with headphones is


mandatory.
Homework: Students can expect to spend a half hour a day (Monday Friday) on
their homework assignments and memorization. Quizzes, midterm, and final exam.
Graded by the instructor.

Advanced Latin, Part One *New


This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the spring.
This course is limited to 20 students.
Total classes: 13 plus 1 exam date
Class dates: Thursdays, September 8 to December 15, 2016. Dec. 22 is reserved
for a final exam. No class November 24 for Thanksgiving or Dec. 8 for the Feast of
the Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Latin Two (part one and two), or the equivalent; or Latin III/IV College
Preparatory. A score of 70% or higher on the entrance exam (given by the
instructor) is a requirement if students have not had Latin Two with Mrs. Henry.
Email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com for the entrance exam.
Suggested grade level: 11th and 12th grade
Suggested credit: One full semester of Latin or Foreign Language
Fee: $200 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $225 after July 15 for all 14
classes. ($245 after Aug. 31)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: Want to continue your Latin training and have some fun along
the way? Join us in Advanced Latin! Dont let the course name intimidate you. This
course isnt as scary as it sounds! In this class, students will begin to transition from
learning about grammar to applying it through translation. Students will have the
opportunity to translate texts from ancient Roman authors, Biblical passages, and
religious documents. This course focuses on helping students read and translate
Latin with proficiency. Students will love the seminar environment in which the
instructor will facilitate student-led discussions. We will explore both Ecclesiastical
and Classical pronunciations.
Course materials:
Required: Wheelocks Latin Reader 2e: Selections from Latin Literature
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060935065/catholictreas-20)
Allen and Greenoughs New Latin Grammar:
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1585100277/catholictreas-20);
and a Latin dictionary (such as
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0877205612/catholictreas-20).
A working microphone with headphones is mandatory.
Recommended: Wheelocks Latin 7th Edition
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061997226/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Students are expected to translate daily, spending about an hour on
their assignments. Midterm and final exams graded by the instructor.

Latin Composition Workshop *New


Can be taken independently or with another Latin course. Offered both semesters.
Total workshops: 13 plus 1 exam date

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Class dates: Thursdays, September 8 to December 15, 2016. Dec. 22 is reserved


for a final exam. No class November 24 for Thanksgiving or Dec. 8 for the Feast of
the Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: At least one year of High School Latin
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: One semester of a foreign language course
Fee: $200 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $225 after July 15 for all 14
classes. ($245 after Aug. 30)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: Whether youve had one, two, or three years of High School
Latin, you will love this course! You can use it as a supplemental course to coincide
with your other Latin class or you can take it as a course on its own. Its up to you!
Latin Composition is an engaging, interactive workshop in which students will be
able to compose Latin phrases, stories, plays, etc. These activities will reinforce
what students have already learned in their respective Latin classes and will
strengthen their understanding of grammar. Each week, students will work together
based upon age and Latin experience in mini-workshops. Each group will have an
instructor-led composition assignment(s) that will be unique to their understanding
of Latin grammar and vocabulary. They will work together on their assignments and
then share different portions of their compositions with the entire class.
Course materials:
Required: Allen and Greenoughs New Latin Grammar
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1585100277/catholictreas-20);
and a Latin dictionary (such as
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0877205612/catholictreas-20).
Recommended: Wheelocks Latin 7th Edition
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061997226/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Students will have mini composition assignments as homework in
addition to group assignments during class. The majority of their work, however, will
be done during our class time.

Life Skills

How to Be an Excellent Student: Note Taking, Test Taking,


and How to Get an A
Homeschool Connections offers this course free as it lays a foundation of study
skills to help students be successful in all of their other courses.
Total classes: 4
Class dates: Choose the dates that work best for you (same time for both):
Fridays, September 9 to September 30, 2016
OR
Fridays, October 21 to November 11, 2016
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th to 10th grade
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Fee: FREE
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course is designed to help your student become strong,
confident, and able to study for any high school level course with success.
Course outline:
Class 1: Active listening and how to take notes effectively
Class 2: Active reading and how to study effectively
Class 3: Critical reading skills for comprehension
Class 4: Test-taking in a timed setting
Course materials: All materials provided free from the instructor.
Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 2 hours of work per class
(reading and automated quizzes).

Literature

Middle School Greek Mythology *New


Due to the popularity of this single-semester course, it will be offered twice this
school year. The same course is offered in the fall semester and again in the spring
semester. This is not a 2-part course.
Total classes: 10
Class dates: Thursdays, September 8 to November 17, 2016. No class Oct. 20 for
midterm break.
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade. High school students are welcomed if
they are interested in the subject matter.
Suggested credit: semester Literature or English. Add another literature or a
writing course for full credit.
Fee: $150 if registered on or before July 15, 2016. $170 after July 15 for all 10
classes. ($190 after Aug. 30)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: In this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of
Greek mythology and its influence on the Western World. Students will be
encouraged both to read the stories and to think critically about them. We will focus
on mastery of content as well as how the morals of the stories compare with Biblical
Truths. We will be exploring the idea of heroes and heroines, right and wrong, fate,
and the standards the Greeks upheld. Throughout the course, we will measure all
our analysis of the stories in light of our Catholic faith.
Course materials: D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0440406943/catholictreas-20) There will also
be a recommended (optional) reading list for students and parents who want to
learn more (provided after registration).
Homework: Students can expect to have weekly reading assignments from our
textbook as well as other material supplemented either by the teacher or the
parent. Students will answer weekly reading questions to assist with comprehension
and to prepare them for the class discussion. In addition to our weekly lecture, there
will be in-class reading, quizzes, group activities, and projects. There will be at least
one exam, one essay, and several quizzes throughout the course.

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Christmas in Literature, Film, and Music *New

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Total classes: 8
Class dates: Wednesdays, October 12 to December 7, 2016
Starting time: 10:30 AM Eastern (9:30 Central; 8:30 Mountain; 7:30 Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: 2/3 semester of Literature or English. Add another literature or a writing course for a
full credit.
Fee: $110 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $125 if you register after July 15 for all 8 classes.
($145 after Oct. 4)
Instructor: Kevin OBrien
Course description: What is the magic of Christmas and why has it captivated even the secular world
for so many centuries? Well explore the history of the celebration of Christmas, from St. Francis and the
first Manger Scene in the 13th century to the banning of Christmas by the Puritans in Colonial America,
to the commercialization and secularization of Christmas in modern times. Through it all, well look at
the depiction of the Nativity in Literature, Film and Music. Well read A Christmas Carol, well watch
scenes from Christmas movies, well read essays and poems on Christmas by G. K. Chesterton, well
examine the theology and wonder behind classic and modern Christmas Carols - and well even explore
the strange transformation of St. Nicholas into Santa Claus! But our goal through it all will be to have a
deeper understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation. Note that each student will work on a Final
Project that will be a story, poem or other creative work that he or she will present to his or her family
during the Christmas season!
Course outline:
The Nativity of Our Lord in the Early Church
St. Francis and the Manger Scene
The Puritans and the Death of Christmas
A Christmas Carol - Dickens and the Revival of Christmas
Chesterton on Christmas
St. Nicholas - from bishop to Santa Claus
Modern Christmas - Songs and Movies
Final Project Highlights
Course materials: Provided free as PDFs by the Instructor
Homework: Reflection Papers and Quizzes (graded). Homework will average about two hours per week.

Mythology in Literature *New


Total classes: 13
Class dates: Thursdays, September 8 to December 15, 2016. No class November 24 for Thanksgiving
and December 8 for Feast of Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 10th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Literature or English
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 if you register after July 15 for all 13 classes.
($215 after Aug. 31)
Instructor: Kevin OBrien
Course description: What is myth and how does it relate to storytelling in general and to our Catholic
Faith in particular? How have the great myths of the worlds cultures been adapted into novels and plays?
What are the essential elements of myth that speak to the human condition? Using J.R.R. Tolkiens
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insights into mythology as an interpretive guide, we will examine these and other questions, focusing on
the connection between mythology and great literature.
Course outline:
Overview: Selections from Tolkiens On Fairy Stories - a Guide to Understanding Myth
Mythology and Religion: Mythology in Ancient Greek Drama
Mythology and Religion: Divine Use of Myth in the Gospels - Parables and Signs
Mythology of Transformation: From Ovid to Dante - Pagan and Christian notions of Transformation.
Mythology of Transformation: Shakespeares use of Myth in A Midsummer Nights Dream
Mythology of Transformation in Modern Works - Various Selections
Mythology of Love: Cupid and Psyche
Mythology of Love: C. S. Lewis Til We Have Faces
Mythology of Selfishness: Narcissus through the Ages
Mythology of Power and Creation: Pygmalion from the Greeks to Shaw
Mythology of Humility and Redemption: King Arthur - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Mythology of Humility and Redemption: Selections from Chaucer through Modern Times
Review
Course materials: Purgatory by Dante, translated by Anthony Esolen
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0812971256/catholictreas-20); Til We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0156904365/catholictreas-20); Other materials provided as PDFs
by the instructor.
Homework: Reading assignments, several tests, mid-term paper, final paper (graded by the instructor).
Expect about four hours of prep (on average) for each class per week.

Love and the Meaning of Life *New

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Total classes: 13
Class dates: Thursdays, September 8 to December 15, 2016. No class November 24 for Thanksgiving
and December 8 for Feast of Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Literature, Theology, or Philosophy
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 if you register after July 15 for all 13 classes.
($215 after Aug. 31)
Instructor: Kevin OBrien
Course description: We know as Catholics that God is love. We also know that it is our obligation to
love God and to love our neighbors. We know that love - especially the sacrificial love of Christ on the
cross - is central to the meaning of life. But what is love? Is it an emotion, an action? How do romance
and marriage fit into love? How does love determine our identities - who we are - and our vocations what we are called to? Is there a connection between love and war, between love and desire, even
between love and death? We will approach these questions - all of which are central questions to our life
as Christians - through great works of literature and philosophy, including Pope Benedict XVIs
encyclical on love, Deus Caritas Est, selections from Socrates reflection on love, The Symposium,
selections from great poems and stories of love, the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The
Surprise by G.K. Chesterton, and notions of love in psychology and the popular culture.
Course outline:
Overview - C. S. Lewis on The Four Loves
Love in Scripture - The Old Testament
Love in Ancient Greece - The Symposium
Love in Scripture - The New Testament
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Love in the Middle Ages - St. Francis of Assisi & St. Thomas Aquinas
Love in Shakespeare - Much Ado about Nothing
Love in the Romantic Poets
Love in the 19th Century - Wuthering Heights
Love in the 20th Century - The Surprise
The Psychology of Love - Love and Will
Pope Benedict XVI on Love - Deus Caritas Est
Modern Errors on Love
Review
Course materials: Public domain material and Deus Caritas Est will be provided free as PDFs by the
Instructor; in addition, students should purchase The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0156329301/catholictreas-20), Love and Will by Rollo May
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393330052/catholictreas-20), and The Lame Shall Enter First,
a short story by Flannery OConnor, found in many collections of her stories (or as an eBook
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B018XSQIO2/catholictreas-20)
Homework: This will be a challenging course. The Four Loves should be read before the first class
session, and each weeks assigned reading must be read before we discuss the readings in class. Assigned
readings will vary from short plays, poems and scripture readings to Wuthering Heights. Plan on about
four to six hours of study time per week. In addition, expect short quizzes and two essay exams to be
graded by the instructor.

The Iliad by Homer


If this course fills and closes early, we will consider adding a second day/time.
Total classes: 6
Class dates: Wednesdays, September 21 to October 26, 2016
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: The ability to understand and enjoy the book.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Literature or English. Add another literature or a
writing course for full credit.
Fee: $90 if you register on or before July 15, 2015. $105 after July 15 for all 6
classes. ($125 after Sept. 13)
Instructor: Joseph Pearce
Course description: Homer is at the foundation of Western Civilization and is
arguably, with the possible exception of Dante and Shakespeare, the greatest writer
that Western Civilization has produced. Professor Pearce will guide us through
Homers classic work, examining the ways in which its moral vision harmonizes with
that of Christianity, offering timeless insights into the human condition.
Course outline:
Week One: Books I-IV: Setting the scene; the anger of Achilleus and the will of Zeus;
lust and its consequences.
Week Two: Books V-VIII: Gods in the fray; Hektor accuses Paris; Hektors family;
Hektors fate; Paris obstinacy in sin; Zeus the Almighty?
Week Three: Books IX-XII: Agamemnons dilemma; anger and its consequences; love
and lust; prayer and suffering; the pride of Achilles; Hate unleashed; the power of
Zeus; the power of Hektor.
Week Four: Books XIII-XVI: Zeus versus Poseidon: Menelaos the philosopher; a
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Hera; Zeus sleeps; the omnipotence of Zeus; the omnipotence of Hektor; the
hardness of Achilleus; Zeus weeps; Hektor slays Patroklos.
Week Five: Books XVII-XX: Men as toys of the gods?; the indifference of the gods?;
Zeus pity?; Achilleus regrets his anger; Homers judgment; Achilleus rekindles his
anger; the armour of the gods; women to blame?; the goddess Delusion; reckless
anger; Achilleus the blameless?; Zeus versus the gods; the source of Virgils Aeneid;
Achilleus the merciless.
Week Six: Books XXI-XXIV: Achilleus the merciless continued; the gods as toys of
Zeus?; the insignificance of mortals?; Priams wretched fate; Hektors agonizing
dilemma; the death of Hektor; Andromaches grief; the desecration of Hektors
corpse; death as the shadowlands; the gods protect Hektors body; the
metaphorical moral; the lust that led to disaster; Zeus intervenes; the theology of
the two urns; lamentations for Hektor.
Course materials: The Iliad by Homer. Make sure to obtain the Richmond
Lattimore translation, University of Chicago Press, ISBN #0-226-46940-9,
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0226469409/catholictreas-20)
Homework: Homework entails daily reading and weekly quizzes. Quizzes are
graded by the computer for immediate feedback.

Beyond the Lord of the Rings *New


Only 20 students are accepted into this course.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Mondays, September 19 to December 12, 2016. No class October 31
for midterm break.
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None. However, it is preferred that students have read Lord of the
Rings before coming to this course. (For ordering information,
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0618640150/catholictreas-20)
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Literature or Modern Literature.
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Sept. 11)
Instructor: Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
Course Description: In this course the professor and students discussed five short
stories by J.R.R. Tolkien in light of his essay called On Fairy Stories. The stories are
Smith of Wooton Major, Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf by Niggle, The Adventures
of Tom Bombadil, and Roverandom. All five stories and the essay are available in
one volume, called Tales from the Perilous Realm by J. R. R. Tolkien. The assignment
will be to write your own fantasy story by the end of the twelve weeks.
Course materials:
1. The required text is the book Tales from the Perilous Realm, by J.R.R.
Tolkien (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0547154119/catholictreas-20).
This book is a collection of Tolkien's short stories. The appendix is the
famous essay "On Fairy-Stories."
2. The student should read the essay "On Fairy-Stories" in preparation for the
first class. It is not short, nor is it always that easy to read, so the student
should start reading it right away. The essay is available online for free at
www.watergeek.net/fairystories-tolkien.pdf.

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Homework: In addition to the reading and class attendance, the student will fill
out a literature study sheet for each story read. For the final assignment the
student will write his own fairy story due one week after the end of the last class
period. A draft will be submitted at the ninth class. All work graded and
commented on by the instructor.

Typology: Divinization as Human Duty: The Person,


Nature, and Sacramental Typology *New
Follow up with Seeing Typology in Literature in the spring semester.
This course only admits 20 students.
Total classes: 6
Class dates: Tuesdays, September 27 to November 15, 2016. No class Nov. 1 for
All Saints Day.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: At least a 10th-grade level understanding of literature.
Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade as well as Parents Who Homeschool
Suggested credit: semester Literature, Theology, or Typology. For a full
semester follow up with Typology in the spring semester. Add writing for a full year
of English.
Fee: $90 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $100 if you register after July
15. ($120 after Sept. 19)
Instructor: Henry Russell, Ph.D.
Course description: This six-week course could be taken either for Literature or
Theology credit. Its focus is the way that living and breathing the typology of the
Catholic Church aids us in the process of what St. Athanasius called divinization
the increasing conformity of human life to the life of the Divine Trinity. While the
terminology of divinization is capable of being wildly misunderstood, the principle
is of first importance. This process is central to forming a genuinely Catholic Culture
in the home and elsewhere in life.
Weekly outline:
Session One: Principles and Sources: Typology and the Image of God: Catechism
and Sacred Scripture
Session Two: The Human Person and Nature: St. John Paul II, Pope Francis.
Session Three: Biblical types: Baptism Fr. Jean Danielou
Session Four: Biblical types: Holy Eucharist
Session Five: Typologies in Holy Mass and Ecclesial Structure
Session Six: Bestiaries (Animals as types); Floralegia (Flowers as types)
Course materials: PDF files will be provided free from the instructor, which can be
provided for registered students who want to read the material in advance, after
August 1st.
Homework: Expect to spend approximately 2 hours of reading per week. The
instructor provides computer-generated (and graded) quizzes each week for
immediate feedback.

Math

Glencoe Middle School Math 1, Part One


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This is Part One of a 2-Part course. Students are expected to also register for Part
Two in the spring semester.
Total classes: 14 live plus 10 pre-recorded
Class dates: Tuesdays, September 6 to December 13, 2016. No class on Nov. 1 for
Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central, 9:00 Mountain, 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes live classes, 10-20 minutes for recorded lessons
Prerequisite: Students should have already been introduced to fractions and
should be able to perform basic math operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying,
dividing).
Suggested grade level: 6th grade (advanced 5th graders welcome)
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Math
Fee: $175.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. 195.00 after July 15th for all
14 classes plus recorded lectures. ($215 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Emily Nardozzi, M.Ed.
Course description: Middle School Math 1 covers fractions, decimals, integers,
data analysis, algebraic expressions and equations, functions and inequalities, using
formulas, and surface area and volume in a way that will be easy to understand and
will provide a strong foundation for the coming math courses.
Course materials: Mathematics: Applications and Concepts, Course 1, Student
Edition (Glencoe Mathematics), 2006 Edition. We recommend purchasing the book
used as they can be found for as little as 0.99 plus
s/h: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0078652537/catholictreas-20 (click on
Used).
Homework: 3-4 lessons per week with 10-20 homework problems per lesson, 2
short quizzes per week, and a chapter test approximately every other week.

Glencoe Middle School Math 2, Part One *New


This is Part One of a 2-Part course. Students are expected to also register for Part
Two in the spring semester.
Total classes: 14 live plus 5-7 pre-recorded classes
Class dates: Tuesdays, September 6 to December 13, 2016. No class on Nov. 1 for
Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 12:30 PM Eastern (11:30 Central, 10:30 Mountain, 9:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes live classes, 10-20 minutes recorded
Prerequisite: Middle School Math 1 or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 7th grade (advanced 6th graders welcome)
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Math.
Fee: $175.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. 195.00 after July 15th for all
14 classes plus recorded lectures. ($215 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Emily Nardozzi, M.Ed.
Course description: Middle School Math 2 covers many of the same topics as
Middle School Math 1, but each topic is discussed more in depth and with more
application. We will still be doing a lot of work with fractions, decimals, integers,
data analysis, algebraic expressions and equations, functions and inequalities, using
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formulas, and surface area and volume. We will add to this list ratios and
proportions and more applications of fractions and percentages. This course is
designed to prepare students for Pre-Algebra.
Course materials: Mathematics: Applications and Concepts, Course 2, Student
Edition (Glencoe Mathematics), 2006 Edition. We recommend purchasing the book
used as they can be found for as little as 0.99 plus s/h:
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0078652634/catholictreas-20 (click on Used).
Homework: 2-4 lessons per week with 10-20 homework problems per lesson, 1-2
short quizzes per week, and approximately one chapter test every other week

Glencoe Pre-Algebra, Part One *New


This is Part One of a 2-Part course. Students are expected to also register for Part
Two in the spring semester.
Total classes: 14 live plus 5-7 pre-recorded
Class dates: Tuesdays, September 6 to December 13, 2016. No class on Nov. 1 for
Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain, 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes live classes, 10-20 minutes recorded lectures
Prerequisite: Middle School Math 2 or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 8th grade (other grade levels welcome)
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Pre-Algebra or Math
Fee: $185.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. 205.00 after July 15th for all
14 classes plus recorded lectures. ($225 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Emily Nardozzi, M.Ed.
Instructor's email: emily.tarnacki@gmail.com
Course description: Pre-Algebra is a course designed to prepare students for
Algebra 1. We will spend time performing basic operations on integers and rational
numbers, as well as work on solving one and two-step equations with both integers
and rational numbers. This course also covers real numbers and the Pythagorean
theorem, proportions, algebra, geometry, percentages, area and volume,
probability, statistics, inequalities, and linear functions.
Course materials: Mathematics: Applications and Concepts, Course 3, Student
Edition (Glencoe Mathematics), 2005 Edition. We recommend purchasing the book
used as they can be found for as little as 0.99 plus s/h:
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0078668484/catholictreas-20 (click on Used).
Homework: 2-4 lessons per week with 15-20 homework problems per lesson, 1-2
short quizzes per week, and a chapter test approximately every other week.

Personal Finance: Math for Real Life *New


Total classes: 12
Class dates: Mondays, September 19 to December 12, 2016. No class October 31
for midterm break.
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: 8th Grade Math
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Math or Finance. For a full year credit, follow up
with Introduction to Statistics & Probability in the Spring Semester.

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Fee: $170.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. 190.00 after July 15 for all
12 classes. ($210 after Sept. 11)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Everyone needs math, and will use it in their personal life.
This course is geared towards learning how to manage your money, how to invest,
the dangers of debt, building wealth and saving for college, bargain shopping,
insurance and real estate mortgages. This class is for every high school student,
whether they are going to college or work after high school. Everyone needs to
know how to live a debt free existence.
Course materials: Dave Ramsey, Foundations in Personal Finance, ISBN: 978-09816839-6-6 (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0981683967/catholictreas-20)
Homework: A student should spend approximately 5 hours on homework each
week.

Saxon Algebra 1, Part One


This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to also register for the Part Two in the Spring
Semester.

Total classes: 14 live classes, plus 14 recorded lectures.


Class Dates: Mondays, September 12 to December 19, 2016. No class October 31,
2016.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes for live classes. 30 minutes for recorded classes.
Prerequisite: Saxon 8/7, Algebra , or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 9th grade and up.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Math
Fee: $195.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $215 after July 15 for all 14
live and 14 recorded classes. ($235 after Sept. 4)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Students will study all concepts in Algebra 1 from linear to
nonlinear equations, graphing and numerical studies.. In its entirety this course
involves all concepts needed to fulfill national requirements for Algebra I. The topics
to include but not be restricted to, operations with integers, rules of multiplicative
identity and additive identity, equation solving, exponential function relations,
quadratic function relations and their graphs, Cartesian graphing, polynomial
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relations and functions, radicals and their properties as well as some work with
geometric properties as a background for use in Algebra II.
Course materials: Saxon Algebra I Homeschool Kit, Third Edition
(www.emmanuelbooks.com/product_detail.cfm/ID/1508/OID/3324/Saxon-MathHomeschool-Kits/)
Homework: 4-5 assignments of 15-20 problems per lesson.

Foerster Algebra 1, Part One


This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to also register for the Part Two in the Spring
Semester.

Total classes: 14 live classes plus 14 recorded classes.


Class dates: Tuesdays, September 6 to December 13, 2016. No class on Nov. 1 for
Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes for live classes. 30 minutes for recorded classes.
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra
Suggested grade level: 9th to 10th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Math
Fee: $195.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $215 after July 15 for all 14
live and 14 recorded classes. ($235 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Students will be required to watch a recorded 30-minute
lecture each week and attend class for discussions and problem solving. Algebra 1
explores all avenues of linear equations, some non-linear equations and problem
solving. Students will use all of their basic math skills to solve problems, graph
equations, and think using the skills we develop. The instructor is available for
Skype conferencing once a week if needed.

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Course Materials: Foerster's Algebra 1 (Third Edition, 1994), ISBN-13: 9780201860948 ISBN-10: 0201860945
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0201860945/catholictreas-20). We recommend
purchasing the text used as it is considerably cheaper than new.
Homework: 4-5 lessons per week with 15-20 problems to work per lesson

Foerster Algebra 2, Part One


This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to also register for the Part Two in the Spring
Semester.

Total classes: 14 live classes plus 14 recorded classes.


Class dates: Tuesdays, September 6 to December 13, 2016. No class on Nov. 1 for
Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes for live classes. 30 minutes for recorded classes.
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Suggested grade level: 10th grade and up
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Math
Fee: $195.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $215 after July 15 for all 14
live and 14 recorded classes. $235 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Foerster Algebra 2 will pick up where we left of in Foerster
Algebra 1 with solving complex algebraic equations, complex fractions and
exploring rational as well as irrational numbers. Students will also begin their
exploration of trigonometric functions, as well as using the geometry that they have
learned to find lengths and measures of angles. Students will continue with the
ideas of solving for a variable, but now use vector analysis to go along with it. This
is a great next step after Algebra 1, and will lead into geometry smoothly.
Course materials: Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications (Prentice
Hall Classics): www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131657100/catholictreas-20
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Homework: 4-5 lessons per week with 15-20 problems to work per lesson

Holt-McDougal-Larson Algebra 2, Part One


This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to also register for the Part Two in the Spring
Semester.

Total classes: 14 live, interactive classes plus 3 to 5 recorded lessons each week.
Class dates: Tuesdays, September 6 to December 13, 2016. No class on Nov. 1 for
Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Office Hours: Thursdays from 5:30-6:00 PM Eastern (by appointment)
Prerequisite: Algebra I (Geometry may be taken before or after Algebra 2)
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Math or Algebra 2
Fee: $185 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $215 after July 15 for all 14
classes plus recorded lectures. ($235 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Thomas Frederick, MS
Course description: This class is designed with online education in mind. Daily
video lessons maximize student-teacher contact time. Each Live class is an
individualized study session in which the class works together solving student
generated problems and answering questions from the week before. The goal of
Algebra 2 is to build upon the concepts taught in Algebra 1 and Geometry while
adding new concepts to the students repertoire of mathematics. Algebra 2
continues the study of linear, quadratic, polynomial and exponential functions and
introduces rational, logarithmic and trigonometric relationships. Additional topics
covered include matrices, sequences and conic sections. A focus on application of
concepts learned to solving real world problems will be a learning outcome.
Graphing calculators and online resources will be introduced often as learning aids
and preparation for 21 century learning.
Course materials: Holt McDougal Larson Algebra 2 (2007), ISBN-13: 978-0-61892393-9 ISBN-10: 0-618-92393-4
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0618923934/catholictreas-20). A TI 83 or 84
Graphing Calculator *(a FREE app can be downloaded for the Android Phone, Mac or
PC but not for IOS)
Homework: Weekly lessons will include prerecorded videos, note sheets, practice
problems, and a quiz or test. Homework questions will be assigned from the
textbook along with solutions for students to self-check progress. Each unit will have
a quiz or test at the end, which will be graded by the instructor in the Moodle
interface. Students will be expected to watch daily prerecorded videos, complete
daily homework (3-4 times per week). The instructor will host a live class once a
week for one hour as well as hold weekly office hours (by appointment) for 30
minutes, if extra help is needed.

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Jurgensen, Brown, Jurgensen Geometry, Part One


This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to also register for the Part Two in the Spring
Semester.

Total classes: 14 live classes plus 14 recorded classes.


Class dates: Tuesdays, September 6 to December 13, 2016. No class on Nov. 1 for
Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 1:30 PM Eastern (12:30 Central; 11:30 Mountain; 10:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes for live classes. 30 minutes for recorded classes.
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or equivalent coursework
Suggested grade level: 10th grade and up.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Math
Fee: $195.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $215 after July 15 for all 14
live and 14 recorded classes. ($235 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Jurgensen, Brown, and Jurgensen is a complement text to the
Foerster Algebra series. Students will study two and three dimensional shapes as
well as lines, rays and similar figures in a plane. Deductive reasoning will be used
throughout the text to immerse students in proofs and the varying postulants and
theorems that are used. Basic as well as more advanced constructions will be used
along with algebra to connect algebra with the geometry that they are learning. We
will be using the college entrance tests as a guide for the tests and quizzes so that
students are familiar with the types of questions they will be expected to know and
answer.
Course materials: Geometry by Jurgensen, Brown and Jurgensen ISBN# 0-39577120-X, www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/039577120X/catholictreas-20.
Homework: 4-5 assignments per week with 15-20 problems per lesson

Saxon Advanced Mathematics: Pre-Calculus, Part One

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This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to also register for the Part Two in the Spring
Semester.

Total classes: 14 live classes plus 14 recorded classes.


Class Dates: Mondays, September 12 to December 19, 2016. No class October 31,
2016
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes for live classes. 30 minutes for recorded classes.
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Geometry.
Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Pre-Calculus or Math
Fee: $210.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $230 after July 15 for all 14
live and 14 recorded classes. ($250 after Sept. 4)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: We will explore all the algebraic & trigonometric concepts;
both linear and nonlinear plus functions, complex numbers, and concepts involving
trigonometry & polar coordinates. This course will fulfill requirements for Precalculus and ready students for High School and college advanced topics math
including Calculus.
Course materials: Saxon Advanced Mathematics and Incremental Development,
Edition 2 (www.emmanuelbooks.com/product_detail.cfm/ID/1508/OID/3328/SaxonMath-Homeschool-Kits/), with the test and homeschool pack, a scientific calculator
(TI 30X or the like), graph paper, ruler, protractor, compass, and pencil. Graphing
calculators are useful, but not necessary. Instructor will provide a free weekly
lecture in addition to the live, interactive classes.
Homework: 4-5 assignments per week with 15-20 problems to work per lesson.

Philosophy

Formal Logic I
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Thursdays, September 15 to December 15, 2016. No class November
24 for Thanksgiving and December 8 for Feast of Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
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Prerequisite: None.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Logic or Formal Logic.
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Sept. 7)
Instructor: Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
Course Description: The emphasis on feelings and de-emphasis on proper, logical
thinking has left many Americans prey to advertisers and demagogues. A training in
logic can help a reader or listener see the truth and falsehood of statements made
on the editorial page or on talk radio shows, so he can make proper judgments
about important matters. This six-week course establishes the rudiments of formal
logicthe construction and detection of valid syllogism and formal and informal
fallacies. The emphasis will be on examples taken from popular media.
Course outline:
Class 1-2: Terms
Class 4 to 7: Propositions
Class 8 to 11: Syllogisms
Class 12: Practical applications and review
Course materials: Traditional Logic: Introduction to Formal Logic by Martin
Cothran (Memoria Press), ISBN# 1930953100. We suggest purchasing early and
used for the best price
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1930953100/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Logic exercises each week. Final assignment is to analyze a
paragraph taken
from a source for logic. Homework is graded by the instructor.

Philosophy: An Introduction to The Summa Theologica by


St. Thomas Aquinas, Part One
Note: This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to also register for Part Two in the
spring semester.
Total classes: 12

Class dates: Fridays, September 9 to December 9, 2016. No class Oct. 21 for


midterm break or Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.

Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes)
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. However, bright younger students would be
acceptable.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Philosophy or Theology
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12 classes.
($215 after Sept. 1)
Instructor: Dave Palmer, MTS
Course description: The timeless philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, when properly
understood, can be an invaluable help to all people today, including young people in high
school and those preparing for college. For in it the eternal truths of the Catholic faith shine
brightly, revealing to man the truths about the nature of God, the angels, other creatures
and himself. We learn our purpose in life and the pathway back to God, our creator and end,
through a life based on Gods grace, the Sacraments and a life of virtue. Most people never
begin studying St. Thomas Aquinas because they think it will be too complicated or above
their heads. This course is presented in a fun and interactive manner and will help students
answer the most fundamental questions about their lives, the most perplexing questions
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about human nature, and come to a better understanding of who we are as made to the
image and likeness of God.
Course materials: The Summa by St. Thomas Aquinas can be found online and other
reading materials for class will be provided. Nothing needs to be purchased.
Homework: Will consist of taking a weekly short quiz and answering short essay question
based on class material each week. Other assignments will involve connecting what is being
learned to issues in the news of the day.

St. Thomas on the Human Person *New


Total classes: 12
Class dates: Thursdays, 8 September to 15 December, no class 13 October, 24
November, or December 8.
Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: none
Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Philosophy
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Aug. 31)
Instructor: Jean Rioux, Ph.D.
Course description: St. Thomas' account of the human person expounds upon
what philosophers and theologians from ancient times to his day have said about
ourselves and our unique place in God's universe. While Thomas discusses and
references his views on human nature in nearly all his works, his ex professo
treatment of the question can be found in questions 75 through 89 of the first part
of his Summa Theologiae. While the context of this treatise is theological, Thomas'
consideration includes an extended and integrated philosophical account of what
we are, what we can expect of life, and why. Addressing issues as wide-ranging as
whether and to what degree we can really know the world about us, upon what
basis we can stake our claim to free action, and whether we can certainly know, as
Socrates is to have said, that "our souls will truly exist in another world!", Thomas
brings his brilliance to bear upon a discussion and resolution of life's most important
questions.
Course materials: Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Prima Pars, questions 7589 (selections) | materials will be provided by the instructor as a freelydownloadable PDF file.
Homework: Homework for each session will consist, first, of a close reading of the
assigned materials, using online class preparation software designed by Dr. Rioux.
Written assignments will consist of students' careful, short-essay responses to two
or three prompts covering the last class' material, graded by Dr. Rioux. Students
should expect to spend 3 to 4 hours outside of class time on the reading and
assignments each week.

Science

Introduction to Earth Science *New


This course only accepts 15 students.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Thursdays, September 15 to December 15, 2016. No class Nov. 24 for
Thanksgiving or Dec. 8 for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Starting time: 5:00 PM Eastern (4:00 Central; 3:00 Mountain; 2:00 Pacific)
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Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade. Interested high school students are also
welcomed to join us.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester of Earth Science
Fee: $145 if your register on or before July 15, 2016. $165 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($185 after Sept. 7)
Instructor: MacBeth Derham
Course description: A brief introduction to the geological wonders of the earth
with an emphasis on the properties of matter. Will include simple demos, history of
science, and suggestions for field trips.
Course materials: The Practical Geologist: The Introductory Guide to the Basics of
Geology and to Collecting and Identifying Rocks by Dougal Dixon, ISBN #
0671746979 (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0671746979/macbethsopinion20)
Homework: Weekly quiz, occasional biography of a geologist for presentation to
the class (super short), reading in the text in preparation for class.

Middle School Life Science: The Human Body *New


Total classes: 12
Class dates: Tuesdays, September 6 to November 29, 2016. No Class November 1
for All Saints Day.
Starting time: 1:30 PM Eastern (12:30 Central; 11:30 Mountain; 10:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: 1 semester Science or Life Science
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP
Course description: This course covers the simple basics of the human body,
system by system. It focuses more on anatomy though basic physiology is covered.
Note: the reproductive system is NOT covered in this course.
Course materials: All materials will be supplied FREE, except for inexpensive,
easy-to-find lab materials.
Homework: Weekly quizzes, anatomy worksheets, and some simple labs. Quizzes
are graded automatically by the computer; written homework is graded by the
instructor.

Physical Science - Part One *New


This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register also for Part Two in the
spring semester. With consent of the instructor, Part One and Part Two may be
taken in two consecutive years. Part One must be taken before Part Two. Part One
will only be offered in the fall and Part Two only in the spring.
Total classes: 14 live classes plus 14 recorded lectures
Class dates: Thursdays, September 8 to December 22, 2016. No class Nov. 24 for
Thanksgiving or Dec. 8 for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. (Note: the Dec.
22nd class is an optional review.)
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 50 minutes
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Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th to 9th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Physical Science
Fee: $165 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $185 after July 15 for all 28
classes. ($205 after Aug. 31)
Instructor: Kathy Dutton
Course description: We will be studying the matter and forces that God created
our universe with. In Part I, we will learn about Matter, Motion, Forces, Work, and
Energy and discover how these concepts are important in our live. Together, Part
One and Part Two of this course will be an excellent preparation for high school
Chemistry and Physics.
Course outline: Please email Mrs. Dutton at kathys.chemistry@gmail.com for the
full outline or to ask questions about the course.
Course materials and technology:
1. Text: Holt Science and Technology: Physical Science (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston,
2007) ISBN: 0-03-046228-26. We recommend buying used
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0030462282/catholictreas-20).
2. Calculator
3. A word processing program (such as Microsoft Word)
4. Access to a scanner with PDF capabilities
Homework: Approximately 2 to 2.5 hours outside of class each week. Each section
will have a short homework assignment, each chapter will have a quiz, and each
unit will have a test. There will be occasional hands-on activities that will only
require household items. Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer questions during
scheduled office hours or via the class discussion (forum). Mrs.Dutton will grade all
completed assignments and give an overall grade for this course.

Botany *New
This is a one-semester course.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Tuesdays Sept. 6, 2016 - Oct. 25, 2016
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes.
Prerequisite: Basic science knowledge
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 2/3 semester Botany or Science. Take Health
Science in the spring for full credit (or see additional course materials below).
Fee: $120.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $140 after July 15 for all 8
classes. ($160 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Christine Hamilton Ph.D.
Course description: Not only is botany fun, it is an important subject to learn.
Plants play an integral role in the wellbeing of the human race. Think about plant
use in pharmaceuticals, fuel, industrial & household chemicals, paper, essential oils,
and so on. This is a semester-long course that introduces students to the plant
kingdom and related ideas. It will directly prepare students for biology and collegelevel botany courses.
Course outline:
1.
What is Plant Biology? /The Nature of Life
2.
Cells
3.
Tissues, Roots, Soils and Stems
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4.
Leaves, Flowers, Fruits and Seeds
5.
Water in Plants
6.
Metabolism and Growth
7.
Plant Names and Classifications
8.
Ecology and Biomes
Course materials: Required: Introductory Plant Biology 10th Edition. Available
inexpensively used
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00N4GTW6K/catholictreas-20). Colored
pencils, pens, paper, and a composition book.
Optional: For the student who wants to learn more or get extra credit from their
parent: A Walk in the Woods by Bryson
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B017BH2RE6/catholictreas-20) and
www.amjbot.org/.
Homework: Expect to spend approximately 2 hours outside of class each week
reviewing vocabulary, reading, drawing, and completing quizzes. Quizzes are
graded by the computer for immediate feedback. Students will create a keepsake
book of their plant drawings.

Geology, Part One *New


Note: This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the spring
semester.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Tuesdays Sept. 6, 2016 - Oct. 25, 2016
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of high school level science.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1/2 semester of Geology or Science
Fee: $120.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $140 after July 15 for all 8 classes.
($160 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Christine Hamilton Ph.D.
Course description: The purpose of this course is to offer an opportunity for students to
explore aspects of geology as it relates to the real world. Students will be exposed to
activities related to mineral/rock identification, plate tectonics, oil/coal exploration, ground
water quality, geologic history and mapping techniques (Part Two).
Course outline:
Week 1: Observing and Measuring Earth Materials and Processes.
Observing Earth Materials and Processes of Change. Measuring Earth Materials and
Relationships. Density, Gravity, and Isostasy. Isostasy and Earth's Global Topography.
Week2: Plate Tectonics and the Origin of Magma.
Is Earth's Size Increasing, Decreasing, or Staying About the Same? What Drives Plate
Tectonics? The Origin of Magma. Measuring and Evaluating Plate Tectonics.
Week 3: Mineral Properties, Uses and Identification.
Mineral Properties and Uses. Mineral Identification and Appreciation. Mineral Resources and
Commodities.
Week 4: Rocks and the Rock Cycle.
Introduction to Rocks and the Rock Cycle. Rock Samples and the Rock Cycle.
Week 5: Igneous Rocks and Volcanic Hazards.
Igneous Processes and Rocks. Description and Interpretation of Igneous Rock Samples.
Volcanic Hazards and Human Risks.
Week 6: Sedimentary Rocks, Processes, and Environments.

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Sedimentary Processes and Rocks. Hand Sample Analysis and Interpretation. Sedimentary
Structures and Environments. Interpretation of a Stratigraphic Sequence.
Week 7: Metamorphic Rocks, Processes, and Resources.
Metamorphic Processes and Rocks. Description and Interpretation of Metamorphic Rock
Samples.
Week 8: Dating of Rocks, Fossils, and Geologic Events.
Determining Relative Ages of Rocks Based on Their Physical Relationships. Using Fossils to
Determine Age Relationships. Determining Absolute Ages by Radiometric Dating. Infer the
Geologic History of Two Field Sites. Construct and Interpret a Subsurface Geologic Profile.
Course materials: Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 6th Ed. We recommend
purchasing used to save money
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0130463337/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Weekly vocabulary, reading, and quizzes. Expect to spend 1-2 hours/week on
homework outside of class.

Biology I, Part One


It is highly suggested, though not mandatory, students also register for Biology I: LAB, Part
One (see below).
This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the
spring semester.
Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered twice. Choose the day and time that works
best for you. If both fill early, we will consider adding a third day/time.
Total classes: 14
Class dates:
Tuesdays, September 6 to December 13, 2016. No class on Nov. 1 for Feast of the
Immaculate Conception.
Fridays, September 9 to December 16, 2016. No class Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.
Starting time:
Tuesdays: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
Fridays: 3:00 PM Eastern (2:00 Central; 1:00 Mountain; Noon Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes, plus an extra 15 - 20 minutes on LAB days
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Biology or Science
Fee: $175.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 14 classes.
($215 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Christine Hamilton, Ph.D.
Course description: Prepares the student for ACT/SAT biology. Students are expected to
take notes during class and ask questions. Notes will help with weekly quizzes, quizzes are
open book. This Biology class is a general overview of high school Biology presented from a
Catholic perspective. Students should have access to a microphone for the Q&A game at the
end of class, as time permits.
Course materials: Prentice Hall Biology ISBN-13: 978-0131662551 ISBN-10: 0131662554
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131662554/catholictreas-20)
Homework: Expect to spend 2 hours each week on vocabulary study, reading, and

quizzes.. Vocabulary is assigned alongside the weekly reading for better


understanding of the material and to prepare the student for the live lecture. Most
of the computer-graded quiz material is based on vocabulary and what is presented
in class. Students who also sign up for the LAB portion of the course (see below) will
meet 30 minutes before the lecture.

LAB for Biology I, Part One


You must be registered in Biology I, Part One in order to register for the LAB component.
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There is no meeting time for LAB. It is added to the Biology I course.


Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Biology I, Part One
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Fee: $30 on or before July 15, 2016; $40 after July 15. ($60 after Aug. 29)
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Biology with Lab.
Instructor: Christine Hamilton, Ph.D.
Course description: There will be 6 labs that are explicitly aligned with the Biology Part
One classes. Biology Part One Labs are to be performed with minimum equipment and will
consist of common household supplies.
Course materials and technology: Pencil and paper. Materials will be listed at the
beginning of the semester for each week.

Anatomy & Physiology, Part One


This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to sign up for Part Two in the spring semester.
Total classes: 14
Class dates: Wednesdays, September 7 to December 14, 2016. No class November 23 for

Thanksgiving.
Starting time: 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
Duration: 60-75 min
Prerequisite: High School Biology
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: One full semester Anatomy & Physiology or Science
Fee: $195 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $215 after July 15 for all 14 classes.
($235 after Aug. 30)
Instructor: Christine Hamilton Ph. D.
Course description: High school level in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology
with dissection. Complete study of the basic principles of the human biology and its
functions. Where appropriate, discussion of contemporary bioethical issues from the
perspective of the Churchs moral magisterium will be engaged. The lab component will
focus in depth on the organ systems of the body, their anatomy and physiology. These
include the sensory, motor and integrative systems, special organs of sense, endocrine,
cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, urinary, digestive, reproductive systems, as well as
embryonic and fetal development. A special emphasis will be placed on the human identity
and status of the embryo and fetus, incorporating a scientifically sound pro-life apologetics
approach for students to take with them into their college and graduate level clinical
training.
Course outline:
Introduction to Anatomy
Cells
Tissues
Skeletal
Muscular
Nervous
Senses
Endocrine
Blood
Circulatory
Digestive
Respiratory
Urinary
Reproductive
Course materials: Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Tenth edition. Can
be found inexpensively used.
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0077221354/catholictreas-20)

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Homework: Weekly vocabulary, reading and quizzes. 2-4 hours/week. Students are

expected to read the assigned chapter or chapters and write their vocabulary words
to prepare for the live lecture and computer graded weekly quizzes. Live labs will
enhance the organ and sensory learning experience.

Physics I, Part One


Note: This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the spring.
Total classes: 14
Class dates: Thursdays, September 8 to December 15, 2015. No class November 24 for
Thanksgiving.
Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)
Duration: 75 minutes
Prerequisite: Algebra I. Geometry is beneficial.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 10th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Science or Physics I
Fee: $200 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $225 after July 15 for all 14 classes.
($245 after Aug. 31)
Instructor: Thomas Frederick, MS
Course description: This 14-week course is the first course in a two course series in
introductory Physics concepts. The title of conceptual means we will not rely too heavily
on advanced mathematical calculations. Instead, we will stick to principles, overarching
concepts, and major theories and how they apply to our everyday lives. Students will have
live instruction once a week. And frequent online interactives and simulations that will
assist them in understanding and applying knowledge. Topics covered will include: Scientific
Methods, Linear Motion, Vectors & Projectile Motion, Newtons Laws & Gravitation, Work &
Power, Simple Machines, Energy, and Momentum. The course is a survey of topics in physics
with the goal of leading toward further study (Advanced Placement or College Physics).
Students will build in their natural intuitionand break some commonly held
misconceptions. Students will learn how the cosmos that God created works and apply the
laws of physics to every day examples in their lives. Students will learn that physics is phun!
Course materials: Conceptual Physics Paul Hewitt (2006) ISBN: 0-13-166301-1
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131663011/catholictreas-20). We suggest buying
used to save considerable money.
Homework: Weekly reading from the textbook as well as online resources will be assigned.
Homework questions will be assigned from the textbook (along with solutions for students to
self-check progress). Students will also be assigned interactive online activities that will help
them to better understand and apply concepts learned in class. Each unit will have a quiz or
test at the end, which will be graded by the instructor.

Chemistry I, Part One


This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register also for Part Two in the
spring semester.
It is highly suggested, though not mandatory, that students also register for
Chemistry I -Lab, Part One (see below).
Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 6 to December 20, 2016. No
class Nov. 1 for All Saints Day, Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving, or Dec. 8 for the Feast of
the Immaculate Conception.
Total classes: 28
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes)
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Prerequisite: Algebra I, previous or concurrent (Available Live or through Unlimited


Access); a Middle School Physical Science is helpful.
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Chemistry or Science
Fee: $185 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $205 after July 15 for all 28
classes. ($225 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Kathy Dutton
Course description: We will be studying God's creation at the atomic level and
discovering how marvelous it is. This college-prep Chemistry course, over both
semesters, will cover a wide range of topics including: Structure of Matter, States of
Matter, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Equilibrium, and Thermochemistry. We
will also consider how Chemistry is important in our day-to-day life.
Course outline: Please email Mrs. Dutton at kathys.chemistry@gmail.com for the
full outline or to ask questions about the course.
Course materials and technology:
1. Text: Chemistry, Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman (Prentice Hall, 2008) ISBN:
0-13-251210-6. We recommend buying used.
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0132512106/catholictreas-20)
2. Calculator
3. A word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and a spreadsheet with
graphing capabilities program (such as Microsoft Excel)
4. Access to a scanner with PDF capabilities
Homework: Approximately 3 - 4 hours outside of class on homework and tests.
Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer questions during scheduled office hours or
via the class discussion (forum). Mrs. Dutton will grade all completed assignments
and tests and give an overall grade for this course.

Chemistry I - Lab, Part One


You must be registered in Chemistry I, Part One in order to register for the
lab component.
All labs will have a pre-recorded video (found on the course page) with an
introduction to the lab, a lab demonstration, and a guidance through the lab report.
Labs will be touched on during class.
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Chemistry I, Part I
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Chemistry with Lab
Fee: $40 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $45 after July 15 for all 7 labs.
($65 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Kathy Dutton
Course description: We will do approximately 7 labs covering topics such a Lab
Safety, Separating Mixtures, Atomic Modeling, Periodic Trends, Conductivity. As
closely as possible, the topics covered in the lab will correlate with and support
what we are discussing in class.
Course outline: Please email Mrs. Dutton at kathys.chemistry@gmail.comfor the
full outline or to ask questions about the course.
Course materials and technology:
1. To be announced. The kit will be from Quality Scientific Labs. We are currently
working on a kit specifically designed for this course. The anticipated cost will be
between $150 and $200. This kit will contain all the materials needed (except some
household supplies) for both semesters of lab.
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2. Calculator.
3. A word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and a spreadsheet with
graphing capabilities program (such as Microsoft Excel).
4. Access to a scanner with PDF capabilities.
Homework: Time required to complete each lab should average to about 2 hours;
some will take more, and others will take less time. Also, there will be weeks with
little or no lab work. Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer questions during
scheduled office hours or via the class discussion (forum). Mrs. Dutton will grade all
completed labs and give an overall grade for this course.

Spanish

Spanish I, Part One


This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to also register for the
spring semester.
Total classes: 12, plus 18 recorded lectures
Class dates: Thursdays, September 8 to December 15, 2016. No class Oct. 20,
Nov. 24, or Dec. 8.
Starting time: Thursdays, Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00
Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: One full semester Spanish or Foreign Language
Fee: $225 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $250 after July 15 for all 12
classes and 18 recorded lectures. ($270 after Aug. 31)
Instructor: Irma Luz Schmitt, M.A.
Course description: In this course the student will learn the meaning, pronunciation and

spelling of common vocabulary and basic Spanish grammar. This course covers the basics of
Spanish as a Second Language. Part One of the course teaches the meaning and pronunciation
of the alphabet, words and phrases and it emphasizes how to write sentences using articles,
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between them. Also taught is how to write questions and answers using some interrogative words
like Qu?, Quin?, Dnde? Cundo?
Through repetition and memorization of common phrases as well as by
watching videos, listening to recordings and playing games, the student will learn
and practice new vocabulary and basic grammar.
During the week prior to each class, the student will be required to watch a
video of Spanish grammar. During the live class, students will interact with the
teacher and each other to practice what they learned in the video and have the
opportunity to ask questions.
Every other week, the students will be asked to watch a video of Spanish
pronunciation. They will learn and practice how to pronounce a specific sound in
Spanish in each class and will be asked to practice a list of words and record them.
During the next live class, the pronunciation of these words will be reviewed.
Course outline:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

The alphabet, greetings and introduce yourself in Spanish


Nouns
Articles
Adjectives
Demonstrative adjectives
Verb ser and pronouns
Yes/No Questions, Yes/No Answers
Interrogative words: Qu? Quin?
Interrogative Word: Dnde?
Interrogative word: Cuntos?
Interrogative Word: Cundo?
General Review

Course materials: Spanish Middle / High School (Skills for Success), ISBN
#088724758X (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/088724758X/catholictreas-20)
Homework: Practice is very important to learn a new language. Before each class,
students are required to watch videos and PowerPoint presentations, listen to
audios, complete workbook pages, memorize phrases and complete any other
assignments posted on the course page for that week in order to be ready to
participate in the live class. Students should assign at least one hour every day to
practice their Spanish.

Spanish II, Part One


This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to also register for the
spring semester.

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Total classes: 12, plus 18 recorded lectures


Class dates: Thursdays, September 8 to December 15, 2016. No class Oct. 20,
Nov. 24, or Dec. 8.
Starting time: 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Spanish I or equivalent
Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: One full semester Spanish or Foreign Language
Fee: $225 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $250 after July 15 for all 12
classes and 18 recorded lectures. ($270 after Aug. 31)
Instructor: Irma Luz M. Schmitt, M.A.
Course description: In this course, the students will delve into Spanish grammar
and learn the conjugation of irregular verbs in the present tense, the conjugation of
verbs in the past tense and some common grammar structures. Every week a list of
new vocabulary will be introduced and practiced as well.
Through repetition and memorization of common phrases as well as by
watching videos, listening to recordings and playing games, the student will learn
and practice new vocabulary and basic grammar.
During the week prior to each class, the student will be required to watch a
video of Spanish grammar. During the live class, students will interact with the
teacher and each other to practice what they learned in the video and have the
opportunity to ask questions.
Every other week, the students will be asked to watch a video of Spanish
pronunciation. They will learn and practice how to pronounce a specific sound in
Spanish in each class and will be asked to practice a list of words and record them.
During the next live class, the pronunciation of these words will reviewed.
Course outline (week by week):
1
Review Interrogative Words Qu? Quin?Cundo?
2
Review Interrogative Words Dnde? Cmo? and Ser vs. Estar
3
Review Regular Conjugation of ar,-er,-ir verbs
4
Stem-changing verbs Poder
5
Stem-Changing verbs Querer and Pensar
6
Stem-Changing verbs Pedir
7
Stem-Changing verbs Jugar
8
Irregular yo-form verbs Salir
9
Irregular yo-form verbs Hacer
10
Irregular yo-form verbs Conocer and Saber
11
Present Progressive
12
General review
Course materials: Exercises in Spanish Grammar, Book 1, HS701R. We
recommend purchasing early and used to get the best price.
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0883139715/catholictreas-20)
Homework: Practice is very important to learn a new language. Before each class,
students are required to watch videos and PowerPoint presentations, listen to
audios, complete workbook pages, memorize phrases and complete any other
assignments posted on the course page for that week in order to be ready to

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participate in the live class. Students should assign at least one hour every day to
practice their Spanish.

Speech and Communications

Leadership and Interpersonal Communication


This course will be offered again in the spring semester. If it fills up, you can sign up for the
spring course.
Total classes: 6
Class dates: Mondays, October 3 to November 7, 2016.
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th
High school credit: semester Communications or Life Skills
Instructor: Lisa Mladinich
Fee: $97 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $117 after July 15 for all 6 classes. ($137
after Sept. 25)
Course description: This course teaches foundational and critical leadership and
communication skills, including self-management practices for becoming a person of
positive influence.
Course outline:
Class 1: The skills of leadership: What it takes to be a leader, servant leadership, and
transformational leadership
Class 2: Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
Class 3: Conflict Management and Leadership
Class 4: Active listening, empathy, and wise decision making for leadership
Class 5: Personal speaking skills: voice, body language, and connecting with your listener
Class 6: Faith-filled leadership: The actions of leadership
Course materials: All course materials are provided FREE online from the instructor.

Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 2 to 4 hours of work per


class, depending upon your students skill level, of reading, short writing
assignments, and automated quizzes. Final grade issued by the instructor

Debate and Argumentation *New


Total classes: 13
Class dates: Wednesdays, September 7 to December 7, 2016. No class November 23 for Thanksgiving.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Debate; Speech; or Communications
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 if you register after July 15 for all 13 classes.
($215 after Aug. 30)
Instructor: Kevin OBrien
Course description: Students will learn the art of argumentation and forensics and will be challenged
to hone their skills of presentation and oral communication as they participate in a number of exercises,
including a Mock Presidential Debate, a Mock Trial with closing arguments to the jury, and Mini Debates
on issues that affect our faith and culture.
Course outline:
1. What is Debate - Demos and Terms
2. Preparing to Debate - Structure and Rule
3. Mock Presidential Debate - Part I
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4.
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Mock Presidential Debate - Part II


Errors of Logic and Argumentation
Critique of Famous Debates
Mini Debate - Part I
Mini Debate - Part II
Changing Sides - Pro and Con in Debates
Changing Sides - Understanding the Opposition
Mock Trial - Part I
Mock Trial - Part II
Review
Course materials: Handouts in the form of PDFs provided FREE by the instructor
Homework: Assignments and readings and debate prep. Three hours per week on
average.

Test Prep

Science ACT/SAT Prep *New


This 1-semester course will be offered again in the spring semester. Choose the
course that best fits your scheduled ACT/SAT.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Wednesdays September 7, 2016 to November 2, 2016
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of high school science
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Fee: $80.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $90 after July 15 for all 8 classes.
($110 after Aug. 30)
Instructor: Christine Hamilton Ph. D.
Course description: In this course students will work on understanding test questions,
strategizing skills, study habits, and practice tests. Students will be prepared for the Science
portion of the ACT. The SAT itself does not include science. However, students can choose
subject tests through the SAT to show proficiency in specific subjects, including science.
Students planning on a science-related career should seriously consider the SAT subject
tests. For students planning on taking the ACT, the science section includes a wide range of
science content and tests scientific skill more than specific knowledge. It measures the
interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the
natural sciences. Whether you choose the SAT subject tests or the ACT, this course will help
you be more successful.
Course outline:
1. What to expect.
2. Date Representation
3. Conflicting viewpoints
4. Research Summaries
5. Manage Your Time
6. Test Taking Strategies
7. Practice Tests
8. Checklist
Course materials: Pencils, paper, and a composition book.
Homework: Read and complete worksheets. Expect to spend an hour to 2 hours per

week with homework outside of the class lecture and review. Practice tests during
classes 7 and 8.

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Theology

Middle School Catechesis: The Baltimore Catechism (Part


1: The Creed) *New
Part 2: The Ten Commandments will be taught in the spring semester. Students can
take one or both courses.
Total classes: 14
Class dates: Fridays, September 9 to December 16, 2016. No class Nov. 25 for
Thanksgiving.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Religion or Catechism
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 14
classes. ($215 after Sept. 1)
Instructor: Gary Michuta
Course description: This course is a great way to start off learning the basics of
the Faith. The Baltimore Catechism is broken into three parts. Part 1 studies the
Creed and answers such questions as the purpose of our existence, God and His
perfections, the Trinity, the Incarnation, the marks of the Church, and much more.
The basic structure of the course follows the time-honored Baltimore Catechism and
supplemented by new Catechism of the Catholic Faith.
Course outline:
Class 1 - What is a Catechism? (How to use the Baltimore Catechism and the CCC)
Class 2 - The Purpose of Man's Existence
Class 3 - God and His Perfections
Class 4 - The Unity and Trinity of God
Class 5 - Creation and the Angels
Class 6 - The Creation and Fall of Man
Class 7 - Actual Sin
Class 8 - The Redemption
Class 9 - The Holy Ghost and Grace
Class 10 - The Virtues and the Gifts of the Holy Ghost
Class 11 - The Catholic Church
Class 12 - The Marks and Attributes of the Church
Class 13 - The Communion of Saints and Forgiveness of Sins
Class 14 - The Resurrection of the Body
Course materials: Required, The Baltimore Catechism (available free online).
Homework: Lessons 2-14 will have an online quiz to help reinforce key ideas in
each lesson. The quizzes generally are ten muliple choice questions. There will also
be a final exam to review material from the semester. Quizzes and the exam are
automatically graded by the computer so that students have immediate feedback.
Parents give the final grade.

Middle School Beginning Apologetics


Formerly: Middle School Beginning Apologetics I and II
Due to popularity of this course it is being offered twice: Once in the fall and once
again in the spring semester.
Total classes: 12
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Class dates: Mondays, September 12 to December 5, 2016. No class Oct. 10 for


midterm break.
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: One full semester Apologetics or Religion
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Sept. 4)
Instructor: Gary Michuta
Course description: This course will provide the first steps into the field of
apologetics. Students will learn how to spot faulty arguments, how to find important
passages in the Bible, and the basic steps on how to defend the Faith.
Course outline:
Class 1: Basics On How to Explain and Defend the Faith
Class 2: Bible Basics: What is the Bible? What it is, how its structured, where to find
things.
Class 3: Using Catholic Resources / Apologetic Research
Class 4: Learning Proof texts: Salvation / Answering Objections
Class 5: Learning Proof texts: Peter and the Papacy / Answering Objections
Class 6: Learning Proof texts: The Eucharist / Answering Objections
Class 7: Learning Proof texts: Mary
Class 8: What are the Early Church Fathers?
Class 9: More Logical Fallacies
Class 10: What is Propaganda?
Class 11: Answering Common Objections
Class 12: Using the Web in Apologetic Research
Course materials: Provided free from the instructor. An optional reading list will
also be provided for students (and parents!) who want to learn more. Students need
to make sure they have a working microphone.
Homework: Each class will have a multi-choice quiz. There will also be a final exam
to review material from the semester. Quizzes and exam are automatically graded
by the computer so students have immediate feedback. Students will be
encouraged to review the material and practice the responses. Parents assign the
final grade.

Making Sense of Mary: Biblical Background for Marian


Apologetics
Total classes: 10
Class dates: Tuesdays, September 13 to November 22, 2016. No class Nov. 1 for
All Saints Day.
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Theology or Apologetics
Fee: $150 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $170 after July 15 for all 10
classes. ($190 after Sept. 5)
Instructor: Gary Michuta
Course description: Making Sense of Mary is not your average apologetics class.
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Instead of memorizing proof-texts, we are going to uncover how Scripture and the
early Christians understood Marys role in Gods perfect plan of redemption
beginning in Genesis with Adam, Eve, and the Serpent and tracing the prophetic
echoes of that event all the way to the Book of Revelation. Well see why Mary plays
such an important and indispensible role in Gods plan. How the Kingdom of David
sheds light on Marys mission both on earth and in Heaven. How being members of
the Body of Christ affects our relationship to Mary and finally what the Woman
clothed with the sun in Revelation 12 tells us about Mary and our battle against the
Evil One. The class will be based on Gary Michutas upcoming book, Making Sense
of Mary.
Course outline:
Class 1: The Temptation and Fall of Adam and Eve
Class 2: Marys Role in Gods Perfect Plan of Salvation
Class 3: The First Gospel
Class 4: Old Testament Prophecies about Mary
Class 5: Mary: The Queen mother of the Kingdom
Class 6: One Christ: Head and Body
Class 7: Daughter Zion
Class 8: The Woman of Revelation 12
Class 9: Apologetics
Class 10: Who were the brothers of the Lord?
Course materials: Making Sense of Mary by Gary Michuta [Grotto Press],
www.handsonapologetics.com/MSoM.html
Homework: Weekly reading and quizzes, plus a final exam to review material from
the semester. Quizzes and the exam are automatically graded by the computer so
that students have immediate feedback. Parents give the final grade.

Answering the Ultimate Protestant Objections on


Salvation, Justification, and Purgatory (Catholic
Apologetics) *New
Total classes: 7
Class dates: Wednesdays, September 21 to November 2, 2016.
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Introduction to Apologetics (available through Unlimited Access), or
equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: semester Apologetics or Theology. For a full
credit, add another theology course or add the optional reading list provided by the
instructor.
Fee: $105 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $125 after July 15 for all 7
classes. ($145 after Sept. 13)
Instructor: Gary Michuta
Course description: Three areas that Protestants will most likely attack and
Catholics are least prepared to answer are questions concerning salvation,
justification, and Purgatory. This class will help prepare students to understand
these subjects and to competently explain and defend the Faith against its
detractors.
Course outline:
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Class 1: Why are these topics so important to Protestants?


Class 2: Understanding Justification
Class 3: Answering Protestant objections for Justification.
Class 4: Salvation Issues: What are the major points of conflict?
Class 5: Answering Protestant objections concerning Salvation
Class 6: The biblical and historic roots of the doctrine of Purgatory
Class 7: Answering Protestant objections to Purgatory from its existence to
indulgences.
Course materials: Students need a Catholic Bible (or access to an online Bible)
and something to take notes. The instructor will provide an additional reading list for
the students (and parents!) who want to learn more.
Homework: Each class will have a multi-choice quiz. There will also be a final exam
to review material from the semester. Quizzes and the exam are automatically
graded by the computer so that students have immediate feedback. Parents give
the final grade. Students will be encouraged to review the material and practice the
responses.

An Introduction to the Catholic Faith: The Didache, Part


One *New
This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in
the spring semester.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Mondays, September 12 to December 5, 2016. No class Oct. 10 for
midterm break.
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Theology
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Sept. 4)
Instructor: Christopher Zehnder, MA
Course description: This class would explore basic Catholic doctrines about God
and Christ, following the Nicene Creed. It would discuss the call to holiness, God's
existence, divine revelation, the Trinity, man's creation, original sin, the Incarnation,
the Paschal Mystery, the Holy Spirit and his work, and the Church, and the
Resurrection of the Body.
Course materials: Introduction to Catholicism, by the Rev. James Socias; part of
the Didache series published by the Midwest Theological Forum and Ignatius Press
(http://tinyurl.com/didachehsc1).
Homework: Students read assigned portions of the text, Introduction to
Catholicism. Student will have two tests each semester, graded by the instructor.

The Theology of the Body: An Integral Vision of Man


(Living Our Faith Series)
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Tuesdays, September 6 to December 6, 2016. No class on Nov. 1 for
All Saints Day or November 15 when Miss Ashour will be at the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops in DC.
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Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
High school credit: 1 full semester Theology
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Aug. 29)
Course Instructor: Miss Ashour, MTS; M Hum
Course Rationale: In order to live the abundant life that Jesus said He came to
bring, we need to know who we are, made in Gods image and likeness. A new
vision of such anthropology has been given to us by God through Saint Pope John
Paul IIs Theology of the Body (TOB). A deep, proper study of this work brings with it
a renewal of the person who embraces such teachings. The late Holy Fathers
biographer, George Weigel, called it a time bomb set to go off sometime after the
Popes death. Angelo Cardinal Scola remarks that every area of Catholic thought can
be undergirded by the Theology of the Body; thus, this course will not only offer an
opportunity for ongoing renewal for the student but also a basis to explore other
areas of his/her faith with TOB as a foundation. Pope John Paul himself said about
his work: And this theology of the body is the basis of the most appropriate method
of the pedagogy of the body, that is, of mans education (or rather, selfeducation)....Here [In wrong view of science in seeing the body only as an object of
manipulation] we touch problems that often need fundamental solutions, which are
impossible without an integral vision of man St. John Paul II (TOB 59:3) (emphases
his).
Course Description: This 12-week course overview of Pope John Pauls Theology
of the Body will give a birds eye perspective of the whole of TOB. Far from
relegating TOB to the area of sex and sexuality, TOB provides meaningful tools to
see ones life in the context of Jesus love for His Church and the life and love of the
Blessed Trinity. A special emphasis will be made regarding the vocational call to the
priesthood, religious life, and married life, and how both celibacy for the Kingdom
(JPIIs words) and marriage mirror and inform each other. Then, we will move to
more specifics in Part Two of TOB. Caveat: Coursework subject to change based on
the discretion of the online instructors assessment.
Course Reading: The reading will assist the student in delving into a deep
understanding of the human person, especially in the area of vocational
discernment, sexuality, and self-mastery. Most of the reading is intended to help the
student understand the mind of the Church. Most will not be discussed in class, nor
will the student be quizzed on the assigned reading. The power points with Miss
Ashours incarnational diagrams which make accessible heady concepts will be
the springboard for rich discussion and where quizzes questions are based. For the
first days class: Please read the required reading from the Bible and Letter to
Families
Required Reading:
1. The BibleGenesis 1-3 and Ephesians 5
2. The Catechism of the Catholic Church #s 355-682 (Read 47 paragraphs a week)
3. The Documents of Vatican II, especially Gaudium et Spes 47-62 (2 paragraphs a
week)
4. Letter to Families (Pope John Paul) (This gives a good TOB outlook in
abbreviated form)

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5. The short essay The Weight of Glory in the longer collection with the same
name: The Weight of Glory and short essay Man or Rabbit, both by CS Lewis.
All can be found online for free.
Optional Reading for those who want to earn extra credit:
1. Peter Kreefts Heaven: The Hearts Deepest Longing (his best book), Ignatius
Press, www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898702283/catholictreas-20
2. Jason Everts The Theology of His Body; The Theology of Her Body, Ascension
Press (Parents should read first, but my homeschooled nephew of 15 years old said
it really helped him),
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/193421759X/catholictreas-20
Coursework:

Weekly Online Computer-graded Quizzes (Be finished before the start of the
next class) (25%)

Major Project (Grading Rubric will be posted) (25%) A fun, creative outlet to
show learning!

Major Grade of Weekly Reflections (Minimum-1 page; Maximum-2 pages The


student is to reflect on diagrams and learning in class and write an informal
reflection. It needs to be uploaded on Moodle before 5am Eastern time Tuesday
mornings) (30%)

Assigned Reading (Honor policyEvery week, upload to Moodle the Reading


Completion Document. PLEASE do not be scrupulous. Read for 30 minutes a day or
2 hours a week and give yourself a 100! Or, if you really did not keep up with it,
then see rubric and give yourself the appropriate grade (20%).

Extra CreditParent must write an email saying, My son/daughter (FULL


NAME) has read Jason Everts and Dr. Kreefts book. (3 points per book added to
final grade).
Time Commitment to Study: A minimum of 2 1/2 hours a week (30 minutes a
day) for reading, study, doing quizzes, working on and completing the project, and
writing the weekly reflection.

Ecclesiology and Sacramental Theology: TOB, the Church,


and the Sacraments (Living Our Faith Series)
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Tuesdays, September 6 to December 6, 2016. No class on Nov. 1 for
All Saints Day or November 15 when Miss Ashour will be at the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops in DC.
Starting time: 1:30 PM Eastern (12:30 Central; 11:30 Mountain; 10:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
High school credit: 1 full semester Theology
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 after July 15 for all 12
classes. ($215 after Aug. 29)
Course Instructor: Miss Ashour, MTS; M Hum
Course Description: The students in this course will study the nature of the
Church, that is, how She is in the nature of a sacrament (Lumen Gentium), along
with all of her other aspects from the perspective of Saint John Pauls Theology of
the Body. Jesus Christ as the Bridegroom of His Bride, the Church, extends Himself
through time via the Church who holds the Deposit of Truth and the Deposit of
Grace through the Liturgy and the Sacraments and the Teaching Office. Such topics
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serve as a great segue into Mariology, a study of the Mother and Paradigm of the
Church. Indeed, Pope John Paul II, whose motto Totus Tuus is directed toward Our
Lady, continues to lead the Church into the threshold of hope for the new
millennium; therefore, we will do a careful study of his thought in much of
the corpus of his writing. Finally, we will examine the thoughts of Pope Emeritus
Benedict XVI, who has written extensively on the Church and on the Liturgy. Caveat:
Coursework subject to change based on the discretion of the online instructors
assessment.
Course Goal: The final goal of this course is for each student to glorify the Father
as a person fully alive (Ireneas) growing in intimacy with Jesus Christ, the Head of
the Church and His Body, the Church through the power of the Holy Spiritthe Soul
of the Church.
Course Reading: The reading assignments give the student the flavor of the
Churchs understanding of Herself and the Sacraments; rarely will we discuss the
reading assignments. Rather, I give the readings to help the students bolster their
understanding of what we are learning in class, as well as giving students good
resources for their own growth. Quizzes are not based on the readings but from
weekly power points with Miss Ashours incarnational diagrams making accessible
heady concepts. For the first days class: see the required reading listed under Week
1.
Required Reading:
1. The BibleThe Institution of the Last Supper in all 3 synoptic Gospels and Johns
Washing of the Feet; all of the book of Ephesians; Hebrews 5-13
2. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (See assignments below)
3. The Documents of Vatican II, especially Sacrosanctum Concilium and Lumen
Gentium (see assignments below)
4. Ecclesia de Eucharistia (Pope John Pauls encyclical on the Eucharist and Its
relationship to the ChurchRead 6 paragraphs a week)
5. The short essay The Weight of Glory in the longer collection with the same
name: The Weight of Glory and short essay Man or Rabbit, both by CS Lewis.
All can be found online for free.
Optional Reading for those who want to earn extra credit:
1. Peter Kreefts Catholic Christianity, Ignatius Press,
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898707986/catholictreas-20
2. Dr. Joyce Littles The Catholic Church and the Culture War: Secular Anarchy or
Sacred Order (out of print but can be found used online),
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898705479/catholictreas-20
Coursework:
Weekly Online Computer-graded Quizzes (Be finished before the start of the
next class) (25%)
Major Project (Grading Rubric will be posted) (25%) A fun, creative outlet to
show learning!

Major Grade of Weekly Reflections (Minimum-1 page; Maximum-2 pages The


student is to reflect on diagrams and learning in class and write an informal
reflection. It needs to be uploaded on Moodle before 5am Eastern time Tuesday
mornings) (30%)

Assigned Reading (Honor policyEvery week, upload to Moodle the Reading


Completion Document. PLEASE do not be scrupulous. Read for 30 minutes a day or
2 hours a week and give yourself a 100! Or, if you really did not keep up with it,
then see rubric and give yourself the appropriate grade (20%).
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Extra CreditParent must write an email saying, My son/daughter (FULL


NAME) has read Dr. Kreefts and Dr. Littles book. (3 points per book added to final
grade).
Time Commitment to Study: A minimum of 2 1/2 hours a week (30 minutes a
day) for reading, study, doing quizzes, working on and completing the project, and
writing the weekly reflection.

Writing: Aquinas Writing Advantage


See Table of Contents for Aquinas Writing Advantage Scope and Sequence to help determine
the best writing courses for your student(s).

WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Punctuation and Grammar I (MS 7/6-1)


* This course is scheduled during three time slots in the fall semester only; the
course will not be offered live in the spring semester.
* This is a two-part course; register for the Essentials 1 and 2 courses together, to
receive one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for Essentials 1 and 2 in the
same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 6
Class dates and starting times:
Tuesdays, September 6 to October 11, 2016
2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
OR
Wednesdays, September 7 to October 12, 2016
11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
OR
Wednesdays, September 7 to October 12, 2016
1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: No class prerequisite. However, your student will need Word 2007 or
later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade
Suggested credit: semester Writing or English. Combine with Writing Essentials
2 for full credit.
Fee: $89 if you register on or before July 15, 2016; $109 after July 15 for all 6
classes. ($129 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This is an essential writing course for all beginning middle
school students, designed to give your middle school student confidence and the
ability to use punctuation and grammar well. This foundational course will help your
student not struggle with commas, the semicolon and colon, and the most
challenging ideas within proper grammar for middle school students.

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Course outline:
Class 1: Solid commas in a series and comas with conjunctions
Class 2: Solid commas within clauses and tough constructions
Class 3: Solid tense, competing punctuation, and quotations
Class 4: Sticky-pair sentence construction (if-then, not only-but also) and tough
grammar
Class 5: Using colons and semicolons correctly
Class 6: Introducing tricky punctuation details and end punctuation
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Book: Simplified Punctuation and
Grammar for Middle School Students, Book 1, by Erin Brown Conroy. Ordering
information forthcoming.
Homework: Weekly quizzes, with an estimated two to three hours per week for
homework outside of class time. Quizzes are graded automatically by the computer
for instant feedback.

WRITING ESSENTIALS 2: Excellent Sentence and Paragraph Writing I


(MS 7/6-2)
* This course is scheduled during three time slots in the fall semester only; the
course will not be offered live in the spring semester.
* This is a two-part course; register for the Essentials 1 and 2 courses together, to
receive one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for Essentials 1 and 2 in the
same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 6
Class dates and starting times:
Tuesdays, October 18 to December 6, 2016. No class Nov. 1 for All Saints day or
Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving break.
2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
OR
Wednesdays, October 19 to November 30, 2016 No class Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving.
11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
OR
Wednesdays, October 19 to November 30, 2016 No class Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving.
1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10 Pacific)
Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Punctuation and Grammar I (MS
7/6-1). You may take the prerequisite course live or through Unlimited Access
(previously or concurrently). Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or
the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade
Suggested credit: semester Writing or English.
Fee: $89 if you register on or before July 15, 2016; $109 after July 15 for all 6
classes. ($129 after Oct. 10)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA

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Course description: This is an essential writing course for all middle school
students, to make sure your student has strong middle school writing foundations in
place. Your student will learn how to create well-crafted sentences and paragraphs
including the absolute must-have knowledge and practice for the use of nouns,
verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound
sentence structures. Your student will also cover capitalization, end punctuation,
and the use of quoted material. Even if your student has learned the composition of
a sentence and paragraph in elementary materials, this course uses higher-level
vocabulary and structures. This course can help your student finally master the
details that are holding him or her back from writing well.
Course
Class 1:
Class 2:
Class 3:
Class 4:
Class 5:
Class 6:

outline:
Nouns, verbs, and capitalization in sentences
Adjectives, adverbs, and end punctuation in sentences
Prepositions, prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures
Using quotes in dialogue and academic writing
Transitions and connectives in sentences
Putting it all together: Transitions and linear sentences in paragraph writing

Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Book: Simplified Writing


Foundations: Sentences and Paragraphs for Middle School Students, by Erin Brown
Conroy. Ordering information forthcoming.
Homework: Estimated one to three hours per week for homework outside of class
time, depending on the students ability. All writing assignments are graded by the
instructor.

SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 1: Foundations of


Composition I (MS 8/7-1)

* This course, a continuation of the Simplified Writing series for 8/7 students, is
scheduled during three time slots in the fall semester only; the course will not be
offered live in the spring semester.
* This is a two-part course; register for the Simplified Writing 1 and 2 courses
together, to receive one full semester of credit (14 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for Simplified Writing 1 and 2
in the same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 8
Class dates and starting times:
Tuesdays, September 6 to October 25, 2016
3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
OR
Thursdays, September 8 to October 27, 2016
2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
OR
Thursdays, September 8 to October 27, 2016
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3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)


Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Punctuation and Grammar I (MS
7/6-1). Students may take the requisite course live or in Unlimited Access. Your
student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to
a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 8th or accelerated 7th grade
Suggested credit: semester Writing or English. Combine with Simplified Writing
2 for full credit.
Fee: $177 if you register on or before July 15, 2016; $197 after July 15 for all 8
classes. ($217 after Aug. 29)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course introduces middle school students to the skills
and habits creating strong and clear writing foundations for high school level
writing. The course covers the purposes of writing, including expression, informing,
and persuading; the effect of audience on writing; and how to sculpt a piece of
writing with direction, including the characteristics of an effective introduction,
body, and conclusion. Students continue to perfect effective topic sentences, linear
writing, and transitions with specific feedback from the instructor.
Course outline:
Class 1: Writing for a purpose and audience: the why of writing
Class 2: Great word choice: how to choose the right word
Class 3: Strong sentences: how to write a great sentence
Class 4: Clear paragraphs: what makes a great paragraph/linear writing that makes
sense to the reader
Class 5: Writing with direction: great introductions and the hook
Class 6: Writing with direction: great introductions and the thesis
Class 7: Writing with direction: the body (of your paper) and how to make it
shapely
Class 8: Writing with direction: the conclusion
Course materials: eBook: Simplified Writing for Middle School Students, Book 1,
by Erin Brown Conroy. Ordering information forthcoming.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with grading and direct feedback from the
instructor. Estimated three to four hours per week for homework outside of class
time, depending on the students ability.

SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 2: Introduction to


Essays and Papers I (MS 8/7-2)

* This course, a continuation of the Simplified Writing series for 8/7 students, is
scheduled during three time slots in the fall semester only; the course will not be
offered live in the spring semester.
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* This is a two-part course; register for the Simplified Writing 1 and 2 courses
together, to receive one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for Simplified Writing 1 and 2
in the same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 6
Class dates and starting times:
Tuesdays, November 8 to December 20, 2016. No class Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving
break.
3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
OR
Thursdays, November 3 to December 15. No class Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving.
2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
*NOTE: The fifth class is held on FRIDAY, December 9, at 1:00 PM Eastern; there is
no Thursday class that week
OR
Thursdays, November 3 to December 15. No class Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving.
3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
*NOTE! The fifth class is held on FRIDAY, December 9, at 1 PM EDT; there is no
Thursday class that week
Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 1: Foundations
of Composition I (MS 8/7-1). Students may take the requisite courses live or in
Unlimited Access. Your student will also need Word 2007 or later version or the
ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 8th or accelerated 7th grade
Suggested credit: semester Writing or English.
Fee: $97 if you register on or before July 15, 2016; $117 after July 15 for all 6
classes. ($137 after Sept. 25)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This is a writing course that takes the foundational writing
skills learned in the Simplified Writing 1 course and puts into critical practice, with
specific feedback and coaching regarding how your student's writing can improve.
Students will brainstorm and craft the outline of an essay and a short paper during
the course, introducing hooks, thesis statements, and connecting sentences in an
essay/papers introduction and creating outlines. Attention will be given to writing
with a Christian worldview.
Course outline:
Class 1: Writing structure and skill: practicing the introduction, hook, and thesis
Class 2: Writing structure and skill: practicing outlines and the
conclusion/concluding statements
Class 3: Writing an essay: rough drafts
Class 4: Writing a paper: five types of papers & practicing the introduction, hook,
and thesis
Class 5: Writing a paper: practicing outlines and concluding statements; revising an
essay
Class 6: Writing a paper: rough drafts; editing an essay
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Course materials: eBook: Simplified Writing for Middle School Students, Book 1,
by Erin Brown Conroy. Ordering information forthcoming.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with grading and direct feedback from the
instructor. Estimated three to four hours per week for homework outside of class
time, depending on the students ability.

HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential


Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1)
* This course is offered during four time slots in the fall semester only; the course
will not be offered in the spring semester.
* This is a two-part course; take the 9-1 and 9-2 courses together, to receive one full
semester of credit (14 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for 9-1 and 9-2 courses in the
same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 6
Class dates and starting times:
Mondays, September 12 to October 17, 2016
11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
OR
Mondays, September 12 to October 17, 2016
2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
OR
Wednesdays, September 9 to October 14, 2016
10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
OR
Fridays, September 7 to October 12, 2016
10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: No class prerequisites. Your student will need Word 2007 or later
version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 9th grade; all grade levels accepted
Suggested credit: semester Writing or English. Combine with High School
Simplified Writing 1 for a full semester credit.
Fee: $89 if you sign up on or before July 15, 2016; $99 after July 15 for all 6 classes.
($119 after Aug. 30)
Instructors: Lisa Mladinich (Mondays) and Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD
(Wednesdays and Fridays)
Course description: This is an essential writing course for all high school students.
Give your high school student exactly whats needed for high school and college
writingincluding the confidence and the ability to use punctuation and grammar
well. Dont let your student strugglemaster commas, tense, colons, semicolons,
dashes, ellipses, and more. This class will give your student the strong foundation
needed to finally master the details that are holding him or her back from writing
well. Sentence constructions in the course are upper level, meant to challenge and
prepare your student for upper-high school and college courses.
Course outline:
Class 1: Mastering commas in a series and commas with conjunctions using
complex sentences
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Class 2: Mastering commas and clauses and tough constructions, including multiple
ideas, connectors, and transitions
Class 3: Mastering tense, competing punctuation, quotations, dashes, and ellipses
Class 4: Sticky-pair sentence construction (if-then, not only-but also) and tough
grammar in upper-level constructions
Class 5: Mastering colons and semicolons with leading sentence constructions
Class 6: Mastering tricky punctuation details, end punctuation, and the most
common grammar challenges
Course materials: eBook: Elements of Writing for High School Students by Erin
Brown Conroy. Ordering information forthcoming
Homework: Weekly quizzes graded automatically by the computer for immediate
feedback. Estimated two to four hours per week for homework outside of class time,
depending on the students ability.

HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational


Writing Skills (HS 9-2)
* This course is offered during four time slots in the fall semester only; the course
will not be offered in the spring semester.
* This is a two-part course; take the 9-1 and 9-2 courses together, to receive one full
semester of credit (14 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for Essentials 1 and 2 courses
in the same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 8
Class dates and starting times:
Mondays, October 24 to December 19, 2016. No class Nov. 21 for Thanksgiving
Break
11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
OR
Mondays, October 24 to December 19, 2016. No class Nov. 21 for Thanksgiving
Break
2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
OR
Wednesdays, October 19, to December 14, 2016. No class Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving
Break.
10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
OR
Fridays, October 21, to December 16, 2016. No class Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving
Break.
10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes.
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1). Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability
to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 9th grade; however, all students are welcome.
Suggested credit: semester Writing or English. Combine with High School
Writing Essentials 1 for a full semester.
Instructor: Lisa Mladinich (Mondays) and Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD
(Wednesdays and Fridays)
Fee: $177 on or before July 15, 2016; $197 after July 15 for all 8 classes. ($217
after Oct. 11)
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Course description: This high school writing overview course is designed to give
the teen skills that make writing strong and clear, lacking nothingable to
articulate ideas well in writing for all high-school level work. Students will learn how
to further perfect strong sentences and paragraphs; learn nine basic forms of
rhetoric; focus on linear academic writing for a purpose; practice transitions and
connectives, parallelism, paraphrasing, and summary; review punctuation as it
influences excellence in writing (comma, semicolon, colon, and dash use);
recognizing and correcting common grammar struggles; understand the
characteristics of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion; overview
prewriting, drafting, and editing skills; and practice sculpting a piece of writing with
direction that receives specific feedback from the instructor.
Course outline:
Class 1: Audience, purpose, and word choice
Class 2: Perfecting strong sentence and paragraph construction
Class 3: Nine forms of rhetoric (and what they have to do with great writing)
Class 4: Linear writing for a purpose: more strong sentences and paragraphs
Class 5: How to effectively use transitions/connectives and parallelism
Class 6: Punctuation and excellent writing: the comma, colon, semicolon, and dash;
conquering common grammar struggles
Class 7: The introduction, body, and conclusion; prewriting for success
Class 8: Drafting for success; editing and polishing your writing
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets
for College Success by Erin Brown Conroy. Available from
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00B7AB90W/catholictreas-20.
(Download the Kindle app for free to easily read on your computer, tablet, or mobile
device.)
Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct
feedback from instructor. Expect an estimated five hours per week for homework
(outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 2: Beyond the FiveParagraph Essay (HS 9-4) *NEW
* This course is offered once in the Fall Semester and once in the Spring Semester.
Total Classes: 8
Class dates: Wednesdays, September 21 to November 9, 2016.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in
Unlimited Access. Your student will also need Word 2007 or later version or the
ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: This critical course is open to all students who have the
prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. Because the content of this
course is foundational for all high school essay writing, it is highly suggested that
students enroll in this course.
Suggested credit: semester Writing or English. Combine with High School
Writing Essentials 2 (HS 9-3) in the spring for a full semester. You can also combine
with a literature course for a full English credit.

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Fee: $157 if you register on or before July 15; $177 after July 15 for all 8 classes.
($197 after Sept. 13)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: The Five Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay
writing for years. This course helps your student understand and practice writing
essays in the Five Paragraph Essay form as well as learning what makes an essay
exceptional. Students will craft essays and practice becoming comfortable with
thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be
paid to how to write essays that capture the attention and flow from beginning to
end, with meaning.
Course outline:
Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where youll write them
Class 2: The traditional five paragraph essay
Class 3: What makes an essay great Research an essay and brainstorming with
the then what? question; taking your thoughts to the end of the line
Class 4: What makes an essay great Writing an essay and examples and analysis
of form, parallelism, and rhythm
Class 5: What makes an essay great Transitional tricks, answering the readers
questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending
Class 6: What makes an essay great Storytelling and creative elements
Class 7: What makes an essay great Analyzing three essays
Class 8: Revising and editing your essays
Course materials: TBA, ordering information forthcoming. Word 2007 or later
version or the ability to convert documents to Word-compatible documents.
Homework: Homework: Weekly quizzes, with an estimated two to three hours per
week for homework outside of class time. Quizzes are graded automatically by the
computer for instant feedback. Course includes skill-building sheets with corrections
guide. Personalized question time will be offered in class to insure a strong
understanding of concepts.

VOCABULARY AND WRITING, Part One (HS 10-1)


* This course is offered once in the Fall Semester only.
* Parts One and Two can be taken interchangeably.
* This is a two-part course; it is expected that students will enroll in both semesters.
Total Classes: 14
Class dates: Fridays, September 9 to December 16, 2016. No class Nov. 25 for
Thanksgiving.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong
Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Your student will need Word 2007 or later
version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 10th grade; however, all students are welcome
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Vocabulary & Writing, Writing, or English.
Fee: $197 if you register on or before July 15, 2016; $217 after July 15 for all 14
classes. ($237 after Sept. 1)
Instructor: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD
Course description: In this course (the first of two successive courses), your
student will learn to use the upper-level vocabulary words related to writing that are
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needed for high school advanced writing, Advanced Placement (AP) English
Language and Composition courses, the ACT and SAT, advanced writing courses,
and all of college writingand an introduction of the concepts associated with the
terms.. Over 350 words will be learned and practiced this semester. Course work will
be simple yet critical for your students future success. Because vocabulary is the
#1 indicator of success on college entrance testing, if you want your student to not
only score well on testing but also be able to be prepared for college writing and
vocabulary, this course is for you.
Course outline:
Class 1: Writing for a Purpose and Audience
Class 2: Worldview, Critical Thinking, & Passive/Active Voice
Class 3: Writing Effective Sentences; Diction & Syntax
Class 4: Writing Effective Paragraphs: Structure, Linear Writing, Active writing,
Transitions and Connectives
Class 5: Punctuation and its Effect on Writing
Class 6: Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics for Clarity
Class 7: Types of Writing
Class 8: Point of View, Tone, & Voice
Class 9: Style
Class 10: Techniques & Devices of Organization for Coherence
Class 11: More Techniques & Devices of Organization
Class 12: Composing Methods
Class 13: Characteristics of an Effective Argument
Class 14: Research Methods
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Book: EB Conroys Simplified
Vocabulary Guide. Ordering information is forthcoming.
Homework: Studying for tests on the vocabulary identification and use. Students
will take weekly in-system quizzes and complete weekly writing assignments using
the new vocabulary. Assignments are graded by the instructor.

FICTION WRITING 1: Plot & Structure (HS 11-1)


Series description:
* There are eight courses in the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series. Students can
jump into the series at any time. Students are encouraged to take The Heros
Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers and/or Screenwriting, and the courses may be
taken at the same time as the series courses or following the series courses.
* Each Foundational Course shares critical information on one of the key elements of
fiction writing. All eight courses are designed to give your student the skills to write
his/her own book and a solid foundation of story and form for college literature
courses.
Total classes: 4
Class dates: Thursdays, September 8 to September 29, 2016
Starting time: 10:30 AM Eastern (9:30 Central; 8:30 Mountain; 7:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Prerequisites can be taken either live or through Unlimited
Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 11th grade; however, all students are welcome
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Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Creative Writing. Take this course with HS 11-2
(Description & Setting) and HS 11-3 (Characters & Dialogue) for a full semester of
credit (12 weeks).
Fee: $89 if you register on or before July 15, 2015; $99 after July 15 for all 4 classes.
($119 after Aug. 31)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course teaches the key components of writing a gripping
plot for fiction books of any genre. Designed for writing fiction for middle grade,
young adult, and adult plots, the course covers great openings (the opening line,
hook, drop into action, and inciting incident); development (doors of no return,
peaks, and the rising plot line); creating tension and intrigue; and the climax and
finish.
Course outline:
Class 1: Great openingsthe opening line, hook, drop into action, and inciting
incident
Class 2: Developing your plotdoors of no return, peaks, and the rising plot line
Class 3: Creating tension and intriguetricks, tips, and the plant
Class 4: Great endingscreating a strong climax and finish
Course materials: All materials are provided FREE via the instructor.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from Professor
Brown Conroy, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework
outside of class time that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

FICTION WRITING 2: Description & Setting (HS 11-2)


Series description:
* There are eight courses in the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series. Students can
jump into the series at any time. Students are encouraged to take The Heros
Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers and/or Screenwriting, and the courses may be
taken at the same time as the series courses or following the series courses.
* Each Foundational Course shares critical information on one of the key elements of
fiction writing. All eight courses are designed to give your student the skills to write
his/her own book and a solid foundation of story and form for college literature
courses.
Total classes: 4
Class dates: Thursdays, October 6 to October 27, 2016
Starting time: 10:30 AM Eastern (9:30 Central; 8:30 Mountain; 7:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Prerequisites can be taken either live or through Unlimited
Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 11th grade; however, all students are welcome
Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Creative Writing. Take this course with HS 11-1
(Plot & Structure) and HS 11-3 (Characters & Dialogue) for a full semester of credit
(12 weeks).
Fee: $89 if you register on or before July 15, 2015. $99 after July 15 for all 4 classes.
($119 after Sept.28)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course teaches key components of using excellent
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description and crafting a strong and memorable setting for your fiction book. The
course covers when a good writer uses description and setting (timing and amount
of use); types of description (sensory, metaphor and simile, figures of speech, and
literary techniques); principles and techniques of memorable settings; and how to
integrate description and setting into plot, structure, and character development.
Course outline:
Class 1: Description and Setting: Timing and the Basics of their Use
Class 2: Types of DescriptionThe senses, metaphor and simile, figures of speech,
and literary techniques
Class 3: Principles and techniques of memorable settings (including examples to
learn by)
Class 4: How to integrate description and setting into plot, structure, and character
development
Course materials: All materials are provided FREE via the instructor.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from Professor
Brown Conroy, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework
outside of class time that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

FICTION WRITING 3: Characters and Dialogue (HS 11-3)


Series description:
* There are eight courses in the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series. Students can
jump into the series at any time. Students are encouraged to take The Heros
Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers and/or Screenwriting, and the courses may be
taken at the same time as the series courses or following the series courses.
* Each Foundational Course shares critical information on one of the key elements of
fiction writing. All eight courses are designed to give your student the skills to write
his/her own book and a solid foundation of story and form for college literature
courses.
Total classes: 4
Class dates: Thursdays, November 3 to December 1, 2016. No class Nov. 24 for
Thanksgiving.
Starting time: 10:30 AM Eastern (9:30 Central; 8:30 Mountain; 7:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Prerequisites can be taken either live or through Unlimited
Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 11th grade; however, all students are welcome
Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Creative Writing. Take this course with HS 11-1
(Plot & Structure) and HS 11-2 (Description & Setting) for a full semester of credit
(12 weeks).
Fee: $89 if you register on or before July 15, 2015. $99 after July 15 for all 4 classes.
($119 after Oct. 26)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course teaches the key components of creating dynamic
characters and dialogue for fiction books of any genre. Designed for writing fiction
for middle grade, young adult, and adult plots, the course covers how to develop
characters, the character arc, how do develop dialogue, and how to weave dialogue

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into character development and action. The course will also center on how to
implement your Catholic worldview into your characters and dialogue.
Course outline:
Class 1: Types of characters, developing characters fully, introducing your character
Class 2: Character arc: Your lead characters inner change
Class 3: Dialogue how-tos, dos, and donts
Class 4: Showing your character in the dialogue: weaving dialogue with your
character and the action
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. All materials are provided FREE via
the instructor.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from Professor
Brown Conroy, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework
outside of class time that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

BUSINESS WRITING 1: Professional Business Writing


Essentials (HS 11-9) *NEW
Series description: There are currently two one-semester courses in the Business
Writing series. Students can take the Business Writing courses in any order;
however, this course is only offered in the Fall Semester.
Total Classes: 8
Class dates: Wednesdays, September 21 to November 9, 2016
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students should be able to competently use Microsoft Word.
Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 11th grade; however, all students are welcome
Suggested credit: 2/3 a semesters credit; add the composition of your own
documents from the coursework to create a full semester credit.
Fee: $157 if you sign up on or before July 15, 2016; $177 if you sign up after July 15
for all 8 classes. ($199 after Sept. 13)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: Learn how to present yourself professionally in multiple areas
of writing! Because business writing is distinctive from academic or creative writing,
writing powerfully in your dealings with others in any organization, mastering
business writing is essential. In this course, youll write letters and professional
correspondence, create a professional resume, and write pieces critical to getting a
job. Whether you plan on entering college, getting a job right out of high school, or
building your own business as an entrepreneur right now, this course is for you.
Course outline:
Class 1: What is business writing? (Business Writing Overview)
Class 2: Writing business reports (business writing vs. academic writing),
entrepreneurial writing, and professionalism in writing for business
Class 3: Writing formal letters: letters of complaint, opinion letters/letters to the
editor, and letters of request
Class 4: Resumes: What theyre for, who uses them, and why you need one (writing
to get a job)
Class 5: Resumes: Your Resumes form, structure, and content
Class 6: Cover letters what they are and how to write them
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Class 7: Marketing writing what it is, who uses it, and an introduction of how to
write a text to sell
Class 8: Little Writing Tasks that are really big: social media and business; the
business email; inter-office communication including the memo, organizational
texts, and agendas; and organizational writing to keep on task
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. All materials are provided FREE via
the instructor.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from Professor
Brown Conroy, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework
outside of class time, including reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

ADVANCED RHETORIC & WRITING 1: Rhetoric, Figures of


Speech, Essays, & Papers (HS 12-1)
* Foundational for All High School Students and Essential for College-Bound
Students
* Registration is limited to 12 students. If the course fills, sign up for the waiting list
or email us for other options.
* This class is offered both Fall and Spring Semesters.
Total classes: 10
Class dates: Wednesdays, September 7 to November 9, 2016
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing
Skills (HS 9-2) is required (live classes or Unlimited Access). Exceptions are granted
only with written permission from the instructor. Your student will also need Word
2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible
document.
Suggested grade level: 12th; however, all students with the prerequisites
complete are welcome
Suggested credit: 1 semester Writing or English
Fee: $217 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $237 after July 15 for all 10
classes. ($257 after Aug. 30)
Instructor: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD
Course description: This course content is known as a prerequisite for many
colleges for college-bound students. Designed to give the teen skills that make
writing strong and clear, your student will learn methods of rhetoric and how to use
the skills in all of the main conventions of writing used in collegeincluding indepth use of nine basic forms of rhetoric (rhetorical modes); be able to identify and
use major rhetorical strategies and figures of speech; and pre-write, draft, and edit
a comparison and contrast paper, including use of the hook, thesis, introduction
construction, conclusions, and rewriting with specific, individual feedback from the
instructor. Vocabulary related to upper-level writing will be introduced and
integrated into the learning. Specific class time will be used to show how to edit and
revise upper-level work.
Course outline:
Class 1: The academic paper; advanced academic writing with strong thesis
construction, hooks, and introductions
Class 2: Rhetorical Mode 1: Narration; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech
(tropes, aposiopesis, apostrophe, chiasmus, epithet)

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Class 3: Rhetorical Mode 2: Comparison and Contrast; creating a thesis and hook for
your paper
Class 4: Rhetorical Mode 3: Illustration and Exemplification; rhetorical strategies and
figures of speech (litotes, zeugma, euphemism, idiom)
Class 5: Rhetorical Mode 4: Description; drafting your papers outline
Class 6: Rhetorical Mode 5: Process Analysis; rhetorical strategies and figures of
speech (hyperbole, metonymy, metaphor, mixed metaphor, extended metaphor);
prewriting for papers
Class 7: Rhetorical Mode 6: Definition; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech
(bathos, caricature, deus ex machine, epiphany)
your papers rough draft
Class 8: Rhetorical Mode 7: Cause and Effect; advanced methods of draft revision 1
Class 9: Rhetorical Mode 8: Division and Classification; advanced methods of draft
revision 2; formatting advanced academic works (brief style guide introduction)
Class 10: Rhetorical mode 9: Argumentation; integrating rhetorical strategies into
upper-level writing
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets
for College Success, by Erin Brown Conroy:
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00B7AB90W/catholictreas-20. (Download the
Kindle app for free to easily read on your computer, tablet, or mobile device.) Also
required is 2) Simplified Writing 102: EB Conroy's Top 10 Tips for Using the
Rhetorical Modes in Academic Writing. Ordering information for 102 is forthcoming.
Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct
feedback from the instructor. Estimate four to five hours per week for homework
(outside of class time); this includes reading, writing, and responding to instructor
feedback.

HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 5: Punctuation and


Grammar II (HS X-5) *NEW
Fully Understanding Punctuation & Grammar
* This course is for students who want to confirm and excel in their skills.
* This course is offered before school begins, during the Fall Semester, and during
the Spring Semester.
* Note: Though offered on different days, this courses dates fit the schedule to
immediately follow the HS 9-1 Punctuation and Grammar I course. Sign up for both
Punctuation and Grammar I and II courses during the Fall and Spring Semesters.
Total classes: 6
Class dates: Mondays, October 24 to December 5, 2016. No class November 21 for
Thanksgiving Break.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central, 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Note: Because this courses dates fit the schedule to immediately follow the
weeks of HS 9-1 Punctuation and Grammar I, you can sign up for both Punctuation
and Grammar I and II courses during the Spring semester if desired.
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required. HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential
Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1). Prerequisite can be taken as a live course or
through Unlimited Access. Your student will also need Word 2007 or later version or
the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

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Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Writing or English. Add another course for full
credit.
Fee: $99 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $119 after Nov. 15 for all
6 classes. ($139 after Oct. 16)
Instructor: Lisa Mladinich
Course description: This course continues your students understanding of
punctuation and grammar with instruction and exercises taking your student to
college-level understanding. Students will move beyond common understanding to
mastering the skills. If you want your teen to never struggle with punctuation and
grammar and be able to be skillful in upper-level, college-prep punctuation and
grammar, this is the course for you.
Course outline:
Class 1: The power of punctuation; what punctuation does (and doesnt do) for your
writing, and how you can harness that power
Class 2: Complete comma understanding and practice: identification of commas
with multiple clause sentences (the sentence/non-sentence trick)
Class 3: Complete comma understanding and practice: typical comma errors and
editors choices with commas
Class 4: Common, unusual, and rare comma placement in common, unusual, and
rare places
Class 5: Semicolons, colons, and commas used together correctly
Class 6: End punctuation issues, quotation mark errors, and quotes within quotes
issues
Class 7: Citations, references, footnotes, and research-centric punctuation
Class 8: Mastering punctuation in the SAT and ACT
Course materials: TBA, ordering information forthcoming. Word 2007 or later
version or the ability to convert documents to Word-compatible documents.
Homework: Homework: Weekly quizzes, with an estimated two to three hours per
week for homework outside of class time. Quizzes are graded automatically by the
computer for instant feedback. Course includes skill-building sheets with corrections
guide. Personalized question time will be offered in class to insure a strong
understanding of concepts.

HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 6: Essay Writing


Practicum (HS X-6) *NEW
For students who want to confirm, practice, and excel in their skills using essays
and papers from outside sources.
This workshop only takes 12 students. Make sure to register early to ensure a seat.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Fridays, September 15 to November 4, 2016
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Prerequisite can be taken as a live course or through
Unlimited Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to
convert a document to a Word-compatible document. Can be taken concurrently
with other writing courses for extra practice.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 2/3 semester Writing or English. Add another course for full
credit.
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Fee: $127 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $147 after Nov. 15 for all
8 classes. ($167 after Sept. 7)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This is a practicum course; your student will learn
strategies to successfully complete all types of academic essays and papers,
contest essays, and college entrance essays (non-timed but deadline-oriented
essays and papers). But most importantly, during the course, your student will bring
his or her own essay or paper from outside sources, to work on (other courses
papers or essays, essays for scholarships, essays for college entrance and
competitive essays for prizes). If the student does not have an outside work (or
works) to perfect, the student will research and choose at least two (2) collegescholarship essays to work on during the course. This is a great time to get specific
help for top-notch essay and paper writing, write that essay for getting into college,
and enter that essay contest with a professional editor helping you do your best. We
will apply all of the principles of great essay writing taught in the AWA courses and
students will receive personalized feedback on their work.
Course outline:
Class 1: Understanding academic essays and papers; type and style; outlining and
creating a guide before you write
Class 2: Understanding college entrance essays; creating essay content that helps
get you into the college of your choice
Class 3: Understanding competitive essays for prizes and scholarships; working with
prescribed topics and meeting (and exceeding) guidelines
Class 4: Researching and expanding your essay or paper
Class 5: Rough drafting vs. revising vs. editing
Class 6: True revision and editing
Class 7: Following standard form; presentation guidelines for success
Class 8: Shortening your time in the process of writing; how to make writing easier
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version; all course materials provided FREE
by the instructor
Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments and direct feedback
from the instructor, with an estimated four to five hours per week for homework
(outside of class time) that includes researching, reading, writing, and responding to
feedback.

FICTION WRITING: The Heros Journey & Mythic Structure


for Writers, Part One (HS X-9)
This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in
the spring semester. This course can be taken with any of other fiction writing
courses if desired.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Thursdays, September 22 to November 10, 2016
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential
Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1). Your student will also need Word 2007 or later
version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Recommended: Because many of the concepts in this course dovetail into the
Fiction Series courses, it is recommended to have taken or be enrolled in any of the
11-level fiction courses before or while taking this course, but it is not required.
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Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. However, those in middle school who
have written or are writing their own fiction work, and have the prerequisites, are
encouraged to enroll.
Suggested credit: 2/3 Creative Writing, Writing, or English. For a full credit keep
writing daily and working your craft.
Fee: $157 if you register on or before July 15, 2016; $177 after July 15 for all 8
classes. ($197 if you register after Sept. 14)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This is an advanced fiction writing course that delves into the
use of archetypes in what is called "The Hero's Journey," the mythic structure that
many claim all stories follow. This course will cover the different kinds of typological
characters who appear in stories, applying that knowledge to the crafting of your
own fiction book and to upper-level literature. The course can be taken in
conjunction with any of the other fiction writing courses offered with Homeschool
Connections. Whether you plan on going into fiction writing (books, screenwriting,
poetry) or simply want to expand your ability to write in advanced styles, this
course is for you.
Course outline:
Class 1: Archetypes and story in fiction writing
Class 2: The Hero
Class 3: The Mentor: The Wise Old Man or Woman
Class 4: The Threshold Guardian
Class 5: The Herald
Class 6: The Shapeshifter and the Shadow
Class 7: The Ally
Class 8: The Trickster
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Book: The Writers Journey: Mythic
Structures for Writers, 3rd Edition, by Christopher Vogler and Michele Montez
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/193290736X/catholictreas-20). NOTE:
The same book is used in both of the Advanced Fiction I and II courses.
Homework: Approximately two to four hours per week of reading and completing
coursework, depending on your skills level coming into the course. All homework is
graded with personal feedback given by the instructor.

FICTION WRITING: Screenwriting, Part One (HS X-11) *NEW


For students who want to excel in fiction writing skills and jumpstart college
literature courses; this is both a college and career preparatory course.
Sign up for Screenwriting Parts One and Two together, to complete the requisite
book; the course is complete with both semesters.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Fridays, September 16 to November 4, 2016
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: A thirst to create and a love of story in movies! No HSC course
prerequisites. However, it is helpful to either have completed some of the fiction
writing courses or to be in any of the fiction courses while taking the Screenwriting
course. Your student will also need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to
convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 9th to12th grade

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Suggested credit: 2/3 Screenwriting, Creative Writing, or English. For a full credit
keep writing daily and working your craft.
Fee: $157 if you register on or before July 15, 2016; $177 after July 15 for all 8
classes. ($197 after Sept. 8)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: As a fiction writing course, this is an Introduction to
Screenwriting where students learn the foundations of screenwriting and creating
scripts for movies. Students will learn how to design story for film, including
character development and with a focus on story line. Students will also craft
dialogue, discuss the conventions of good movies, and analyze classic and current
movies, to be able to craft scenes and a screenplay. Students will also be expected
to read through screenplays and watch films related to learning the craft.
Course outline:
Week 1: Screenplay fundamentals: What is a screenplay? How does a screenplay
differ in story from other fiction?
Week 2: What is the format of a screenplay? (Foreword, Introduction)
Week 3: What is a logline? (Chapter One)
Week 4: Crafting loglines and reading scripts
Week 5: The Ten Genres of Film, Part 1 (Chapter Two)
Week 6: The Ten Genres of Film, Part 2 (Chapter Two)
Week 7: Archetypes and Film (Chapter Three)
Week 8: The Beat Sheet (Chapter Four)
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Book: The Writers Journey: Mythic
Structures for Writers, 3rd Edition, by Christopher Vogler and Michele Montez
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/193290736X/catholictreas-20). NOTE:
The same book is used in both of the Advanced Fiction (Parts One and Two) courses.
Homework: Approximately two to four hours per week of reading and completing
coursework, depending on your skills level coming into the course. All homework is
graded with personal feedback given by the instructor.

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Spring 2017: Middle School and High School


Registration closes one week before the first class. (We can re-open registration if
requested with an additional $20 fee per course.)

Computer Programming

Computer Programming 101


This course is limited to 15 students.
Total classes: 15
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to May 2. No classes January 24 for the March
for Life and April 11 for Holy Week.
Starting time: 5:00 PM Eastern (4:00 Central; 3:00 Mountain; 2:00 Pacific). Subject
to change.
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes (85 minutes)
Prerequisite: Installation of the Python 2 and Python 3 programming languages
(free downloads from http://www.python.org) should be accomplished prior to the
start of the first class. Install Python 2 first, then Python 3 so that the default version
is Python 3 (though both would be available). Python 3 is the current version and
the future of Python... this is the version we will focus on. Python is available for
multiple computer operating systems. Student should have a general familiarity
with computers the ability to open applications, use menu-driven commands, and
type using the keyboard so that the emphasis of time can be placed on specific
programming lessons.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. 7th to 8th grade is acceptable if the
student has had previous exposure to programming in Python or other programming
languages.
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Computer Programming
Fee: $225 if you register on or before November 15, 2015. $250 after Nov. 15 for all
15 classes. ($270 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Domenico Ruggiero
Course description: This is an entry-level course for students with little to no
programming experience. It is also for those who are familiar with programming
with an interest in learning Python. Computer programming develops creativity,
reasoning, and problem solving skills. It provides an opportunity for the programmer
to create a completely new piece of software that can be used and shared with
others. During development, the programmer thinks through the proper sequence
of instructions and logic needed by the computer to execute the program. And when
programs dont perform as expected, problem solving techniques are utilized to
troubleshoot and resolve the issue.
Students will be writing executable code starting in the first lecture of the
course and build upon their skills throughout the course with an ever-expanding set
of commands. At the conclusion of the course, students will have an opportunity to
share computer programs of their own design. Custom game development will also
be discussed during the course through the use of the Python PyGame module.
Topics related to programming, such as computer hardware, will also be discussed
when applicable.

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The Python programming language is a modern computer language (and


there are MANY out there) and is one of the easiest languages to use. Python is
widely used in many industries with many success stories found at
https://www.python.org/about/success/. Once the basics of programming are
mastered, individuals find it easier to learn more complex programming languages
and utilize their unique qualities to perform specific functions best suited for those
languages. Gaining an understanding of computer programming is a skillset that will
serve students well personally and professionally.
Course materials: See prerequisite section for a list of required software
applications. Extensive handouts and online resources provided free by the
instructor. Python documentation. Some book recommendations will be provided
but are not required for purchase.
Homework: Assignments will build on expanding knowledge base. Some
assignments will have a Catholic theme to them. Assignments may include, but are
not limited to, (1) writing small programs that perform a specific task or solve a
specific problem by writing the code provided by the instructor, (2) reviewing
printed code and identifying where problems exist, (3) reading resources to learn
more about the various features and capabilities of Python, (4) online quizzes which
provide immediate scoring feedback, and (5) open creativity periods where the
student will develop programs of their own design around their interests. In this
course, students have an option to share their programs with fellow students via a
short in-class demonstration. All assignments are given and graded by the
instructor.
Students will also collaborate with fellow students and mentor them when needed
so as to reinforce their knowledge by helping others. Students can expect 2 to 5
hours of time per week (outside of class time) dedicated to homework, which is
dependent upon the students typing rate and proficiency by keeping up with the
studies. Additional time, if available, is encouraged so that the student can
experiment with personal programs, reverse-engineer other programs to learn
how/why they work, and maintain proficiency through repeated practice.
Regular feedback will be provided to the students and their parents to ensure
that all are aware of the progress being made throughout the course.

German

German I, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear.
Please email if you are unsure about prerequisites.
Total classes: 32
Class dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, January 9 to May 17, 2017. No classes
Jan. 23 for the March for Life, Mar. 1 for Ash Wednesday, Apr. 12 and 17 for Easter,
and 2 additional spring break days in March TBD
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: German I, Part One or equivalent
Suggested grade level: 8th and 9th grade. Upper grades may also participate if
beginning German.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester German or Foreign Language
Fee: $220.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $245 if you register after
July 15 for all 32 classes. ($265 after Jan. 1)
Instructor: Alexis Mausolf, MA
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Course description: This eighteen-week course will continue to deepen a


students knowledge of German vocabulary, grammar and culture with bi-weekly
meetings. Each class will feature pronunciation practice, conversation, new
grammar concepts and cultural trivia. Students will complete regular homework,
quizzes and chapter tests, dictations and a short presentation at the end of the
semester. There will be an added emphasis on simple composition this semester.
To demonstrate that it is a living language, everything from nursery rhymes, songs,
and proverbs to commercials and cartoons will be incorporated as learning aids.
Course outline:
Week 1 Introduction and review of first semester material, reinforcement of cases
and verb conjugation, conversation practice
Week 2 Lesson13 - Vocabulary on body parts, expressions with weh tun,
pronouns, doctors and drugstores
Week 3 Lesson 14 - Home and furniture vocabulary, accusative pronouns, verbs
with irregular stem changes
Week 4 Lesson 15 - Days of the week and months, expressing dates, calendars
and birthdays, German holidays
Week 5 Lesson 16 - Weather expressions, seasons, inverted word order,
subordinate clauses
Week 6 Review and no class on Ash Wednesday
Week 7 Review of last four chapters, practice in writing and speaking, listening
exercises and testing
Week 8 Lesson 17 - School subjects, imperative address, irregular verbs
Week 9 Lesson 18 - Dative case with definite articles, the verb geben,
electronics vocabulary
Week 10 Lesson 19 - Dative case with indefinite articles and possessives, the verb
nehmen, city-themed vocabulary
Week 11 Lesson 20 Places and landmarks, dative prepositions and contractions
Week 12 Review on Monday, then off for Holy Week
Week 13 Easter Monday off, then review on Wednesday for testing
Week 14 Lesson 21 - Nationalities, countries and languages, the verb sprechen
Week 15 Lesson 22 - Animals vocabulary, predictions of noun genders
Week 16 Lesson 23 - Music vocabulary, dative pronouns, verbs wissen, gefallen,
and treffen
Week 17 Lesson 24 - Hobbies vocabulary, conversational past tense (present
perfect), auxiliary verbs
Week 18 Review of past four chapters, practice past tense of verbs, conversation
and testing
Course materials: German is Fun Book 1: Lively Lessons for Beginners by Elsie M.
Szecsy, published by Amsco. (best ordered directly from publisher
http://amscopub.com)
The Everything Learning German Book with CD, second edition, by Edward Swick,
MA. Published by Adams Media (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/159869989X/catholictreas20).
Homework: Learning a foreign language requires regular practice. Ideally, at least
half an hour per day should be spent on German, i.e. completing the grammar drills
assigned, memorizing vocabulary, reading for comprehension, taking tests or
quizzes, interacting online with classmates, listening to online German news
broadcasts, and generally becoming familiar with the language. All assignments are
given and graded by the instructor.
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German II, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear.
Please email if you are unsure about prerequisites.
This course only accepts 18 students.
Total classes: 32 grammar classes (each 55 minutes), plus 12 to 14 supplemental
conversation sessions (30-minutes each).
Class dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, January 9 to May 17, 2017, with the
addition of a 30-minute conversation session TBD depending on student schedules.
No classes Jan. 23 for the March for Life, March 1 for Ash Wednesday, Apr. 12 and 17
for Easter, and two additional spring break days in March TBD.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: German II, Part Two
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: One full semester credit for German or Foreign
Language
Fee: $230.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $255 if you register
after Nov. 15 for all 32 classes and conversation session. ($275 after Jan. 1)
Instructor: Alexis Mausolf, MA
Course description: This semester will enhance the students grasp of German
with a focus on reading and conversation. The class will meet three times per week:
two meetings will cover the mechanics of the language grammar and reading
and the third hour will be devoted to conversation. The course will feature
pronunciation practice, conversation, new grammar concepts and cultural trivia with
an emphasis on reading comprehension this year. Students will complete regular
homework, quizzes and chapter tests, dictations and two projects during the
semester. We will use everything from nursery rhymes, songs, and proverbs to
commercials and cartoons to aid the acquisition of this modern and living European
language.
Course outline:
Week 1 The simple past tense
Week 2 Simple past practice
Week 3 Numbers, times and dates
Week 4 The past perfect
Week 5 Review, first exam
Week 6 The future tense
Week 7 Reflexive pronouns and verbs
Week 8 More reflexives, second exam
Week 9 Relative pronouns
Week 10 The passive voice
Week 11 Passive voice, continued
Week 12 Infinitive phrases
Week 13 The subjunctive mood
Week 14 Subjunctive II
Week 15 Review, third exam
Course materials:
1. German Grammar Drills, Second edition, by Ed Swick
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2. Two Klett readers from the Stadt, Land, Fluss series. These are small German
chapter books to be used in addition to the grammar text. They are called Blinder
Passagier and Spannende Tour im Schwarzwald, both by Andrea Maria Wagner. One
can order these from the International Book Service at 1-800- 277-4247, or at
ibis@IBIService.com.
Homework: Expect to spend least hour per day on German. When not
completing grammar drills or homework assignments, students should be learning
vocabulary, listening online to the German news, reading and re-reading the texts
given and studying for the quizzes and tests. All assignments are given and graded
by the instructor.

Government/Law

Society and the Ethics of Life Issues


Total classes: 10
Class dates: Mondays, January 9 to March 27, 2017. No class Jan. 23 (March for
Life) or February 20, 2017 (Presidents Day)
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Government or Ethics
Fee: $175 if registered on or before November 15, 2016. $195 after November 15
for all 12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 1)
Instructors: Ed Rivet, MPA and Jason Negri, JD
Weekly Outline:
Week 1: Abortion Overview: Who, what, why, when, how
Week 2: Roe v. Wade and the legal landscape
Week 3: Abortion the Hard Truth
Week 4: Prolife activism - Conviction in Action
Week 5: End-of-life Issues 1 (removal of life-sustaining medical treatment; ERD's,
food & fluids)
Week 6: End-of-life Issues 2 (euthanasia; assisted suicide; legal stuff)
Week 7: Framing Messages
Week 8: Effective Communication
Week 9: Biotech Issues
Week 10: Reproductive Technology & the Brave New World
Course description: Learn about the life issues from movement veterans
who have first-hand experience working in the trenches. Learn the pro-life
facts and effective messaging / communication. The course will cover the legal and
ethical case for the pro-life position, an assessment of the current legal and political
landscape surrounding the issues, and tips on how to best present them to others.
Course materials: Twenty Answers: End of Life Issues, by Jason Negri, published
by Catholic Answers Press and available online at shop.catholic.com/20-answersend-of-life.html. Additional materials provided free by the instructors.
Homework: Weekly reading and automated quizzes. Essays and a reflection paper
will take the place of a final exam.

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A History of Government in Europe and America, Part Two


*New
This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Thursdays, January 12 to April 6, 2017. No class Feb. 23 for mid-term
break.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: A History of Government in Europe and America, Part One or
equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester World History or Government
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 after Nov. 15 for all
12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: Christopher Zehnder, MA
Course description: This course would explore the ideas and institutions that
influenced and formed political establishments in Europe and America. We will read
primary source documents, including excerpts from Aristotle and Plato, St. Thomas
Aquinas, St. Robert Bellarmine, Pope Leo XIII, John Locke, and American state papers
(Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, Anti-Federalist writings, and the
U.S. Constitution). We would seek to understand from whence our modern political
ideas arose and how they compare to political ideas proposed by Catholic tradition.
Course materials: The instructor will provide primary source texts in PDF format
free to students.
Homework: Students read assigned texts. The instructor will assign two short
essays each semester.

History

Lives of the Saints: Revealing the Glory of God, Part Two


*New
This is a 2-part course. However, students are welcome to join us midyear if there is
room in the course (there is no prerequisite).
Total classes: 10
Class dates: Wednesdays, January 11 to March 22, 2017. No class Mar. 1 for Ash
Wed.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11;00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: 3/4 semester History, Literature, or Religion
Fee: $150 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $170 after Nov. 15 for all
10 classes. ($190 after Jan. 3)
Instructor: Alison Stanley, JD
Course description: This course explores the lives of the saints, both past and
present. It is a combination of literature, art, history and religion. St. Ignatius of
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be discussed during the semester. It is not necessary to have taken Lives of the
Saints: Revealing the Glory of God I in order to take this class.
Course materials: Provided free by the instructor.
Homework: Approximately 30 minutes a week. Also, a final project will be
assigned (to be completed throughout the semester) and graded by the instructor.

Middle School U.S. History Part 2 (1847-1991) *New


This is the second part of a 2-part course. However, students are welcomed to join
us midyear if the course isnt full.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 25, 2017. No class Jan. 24, Mar. 7, Apr.
11, or April 18.
Starting time: 4:30 PM Eastern (3:30 Central; 2:30 Mountain; 1:30 Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: none
Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade
Suggested middle school credit: 1 full semester U.S. history
Fee: $155 if you register on or before Nov. 15, 2016. $175 if you register after Nov.
15 for all 12 classes. ($195 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Phillip Campbell
Course description: Following the outline of the popular From Sea to Shining Sea
textbook, Mr. Phillip Campbell picks up from the ashes of the Civil War and guides
Middle School students through the nation's emergence as an industrial power and
its role in the pivotal events of the 20th century, leading to the end of the Cold War.
Course outline:
Week 1: Slavery
Week 2: Outbreak of the Civil War
Week 3: Reconstruction and the Settling of the West
Week 4: Industrialism and Imperialism
Week 5: World War I
Week 6: The Roaring Twenties
Week 7: Depression
Week 8: World War II
Week 9: Cold War
Week 10: Cultural Collapse
Week 11: War and Stagnation
Week 12: The Age of Reagan
Course materials: Textbook, From Sea to Shining Sea by Christopher Zehnder
(www.catholictextbookproject.com/)
Homework: Weekly readings from the textbook and study questions. 2 hours per
week estimated.

American History: Lands of Hope and Promise, Part Two


*New
This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Mondays. January 16 to April 24, 2017. No class on Jan. 23 for the
March for Life or Apr. 17 for Easter.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
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Duration: 75 minutes (1 hour 15 minutes)


Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester American History
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 after Nov. 15 for all
12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 8)
Instructor: Christopher Zehnder, MA
Course description: This course examines the history of the major civilizations of
North America from the discovery of America in 1492 to the early 1970s. We will
discuss the events, cultural movements, and ideas that led to the founding of the
United States and contributed to its development as both a major power and
influence both in North America and the world as a whole. The course examines the
development of Latin America after the 18th century by examining concurrently the
history of Mexico and thus provides a counterpoint to U.S. history by looking at
how the ideas that predominated in Anglo-America worked themselves out in a very
different social and cultural context. In addition to the common themes discussed in
standard American history courses, this course highlights the role of the Catholic
Church and the Catholic faithful in U.S. and Latin American history and how
Catholics adjusted themselves to a civilization that in many respects was very
different from what they had known in Europe. The course is divided into two parts.
Part I (first semester) begins with Columbus' discovery of America to the beginning
of the Civil War in the United States. Part II (second semester) continues the story,
beginning with the Civil War and concluding with the beginnings of our
contemporary world in the early 1970s.
Course materials: The text for the course (both Part One and Part Two) is Lands of
Hope and Promise, A History of North America, published by and available from
www.catholictextbookproject.com/. The text is now available in hard cover.
Homework: Students read assigned portions of the text. Lectures focus on those
events and ideas that are the keys for understanding the historical periods under
consideration. The instructor will assign two short essays each semester.

Archaeology of the Ancient World *New


Total classes: 13
Class dates: Mondays. January 9 to April 24, 2017. No class on Jan. 23, Mar. 6, or
Apr. 17.
Starting time: 4:30 PM Eastern (3:30 Central; 2:30 Mountain; 1:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Archaeology or World History
Fee: $180 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $200 after Nov. 15 th for
all 13 classes. ($220 after Jan. 1)
Instructor: Phillip Campbell
Course description: This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of
archaeology, one of the most important disciplines in the study of history.
Archaeological principles will be discussed and demonstrated in case studies of
some of the world's most famous ancient sites. Students will put their learning to
work by writing a paper on an archaeological site of their choosing.
Course outline:
Week 1: Foundational Principles
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Week 2: Earth Movers


Week 3: The World of Pottery
Week 4: Dolomite Structures
Week 5: Cut Stone Masonry
Week 6: Ancient Burials
Week 7: Epigraphy
Week 8: Jewelry and Metalwork
Week 9: Ancient Weaponry
Week 10: The Tells of Canaan
Week 11: Catal Huyuk
Week 12: Mohenjo Daro
Week 13: A Visit to Crete
Course materials: Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods, and Practice (1st or
2nd edition) by Colin Renfew (www.amazon.com/gp/offerlisting/0500289123/unamsanccath-20); online resources also provided free by
instructor.
Homework: Weekly readings from the textbook, quizzes, and a paper assignment.
Estimated 2-3 hours weekly.

Latin
Students are taught both Ecclesiastical and Classical pronunciations in all
Homeschool Connections live, interactive Latin courses. This is so that students can
fully participate in Latin Mass as well be prepared for advanced Latin studies in
college.

Middle School Latin, Part Two


Due to the popularity of this course, it will be offered twice. Choose the day and
time that works best for your homeschool.
This is Part Two of 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear (there is
no prerequisite).
Total classes: 14
Class dates:
Mondays, January 16 to May 8, 2017. No Class January 23 for March for Life.
No class April 17 for Easter.
OR
Tuesdays, January 17th to May 9th 2017. No class January 24 for March for Life.
No class April 11 for Easter
Starting time:
Mondays: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
OR
Tuesdays: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th and 8th grade
Fee: $150 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $170 if you register after
Nov. 15 for all 14 classes. ($190 after Jan.8)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: Students will continue learning basic Latin grammar and
vocabulary through fun activities and homework assignments. They will also be
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encouraged to use certain online resources to help them develop good study habits.
This course will prepare students for Latin One. Materials will be supplied by the
instructor. We will explore both Classical and Ecclesiastical pronunciations.
Course materials: Latin dictionary with both a Latin to English as well as English to
Latin section (such as
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0877205612/catholictreas-20). Students are
not to use online Latin dictionaries. A working microphone with headphones is
mandatory. All other course materials provided free by the Mrs. Henry.
Homework: Students should spend a half hour a day, four days a week on their
homework.

Beginning Latin, Part Two


Due to the popularity of this course, it will be offered twice. Choose the day and
time that works best for your homeschool.
This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear but
need to email first for the placement test at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com if
they do not have the prerequisite.
Total classes: 14 classes
Class dates:
Mondays, January 16 to May 8, 2017. No Class January 23 for March for Life.
No class April 17 for Easter
OR
Tuesdays, January 17 to May 9, 2017. No class January 24 for March for Life.
No class April 11 for Easter.
Starting time:
Mondays: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
OR
Tuesdays: 11:30 am Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Beginning Latin, Part One or placement test (email
homeschoolconnections@gmail.com for test).
Suggested grade level: 9th grade and up.
Suggested high school credit: One full semester of Latin or Foreign Language
Fee: $180 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $200 after Nov. 15 for all
14 classes. ($220 after Jan. 8)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: Throughout this fourteen-week course, students will focus on
learning Latin grammar and vocabulary. They will explore both Classical and
Ecclesiastical pronunciations as well as the history behind this beautiful language.
Breakout rooms, Quizlet, and other materials supplemented by the instructor will be
utilized to encourage good study habits. The textbook, Wheelock's Latin, will be our
overarching guide for the course. Students will work on chapters 10-19 (chapters
are approximate and may vary slightly).
Course materials: Wheelocks Latin 7th Edition
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061997226/catholictreas-20) and other
materials supplemented by the instructor. Students are required to have a Quizlet
account (Free at www.quizlet.com). A working microphone with headphones is
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Homework: Students will have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes. In
addition to homework, they will be encouraged to study Latin for at least fifteen
minutes each day.

Intermediate Latin, Part Two


Due to the popularity of this course, it will be offered twice. Choose the day and
time that works best for your homeschool.
This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear but
need to email first for the placement test at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com if
they do not have the prerequisite.
Total classes: 14 classes
Class dates:
Mondays, January 16 to May 8 2017. No Class January 23 rd for March for Life.
No class April 17th for Easter
OR
Tuesdays, January 17th to May 9th 2017. No class January 24th for March for
Life. No class April 11th for Easter
Starting time:
Mondays: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
OR
Tuesdays: 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Intermediate Latin, Part One; or a score of 70% or higher on the
required entrance exam (email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com for exam).
Suggested grade level: 9th grade and up
Suggested high school credit: One full semester Latin or Foreign Language
Fee: $185 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $225 after Nov. 15 for all
14 classes. ($245 after Jan. 8)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: Students interested in continuing their Latin journey will find
that Latin Two is the right class for them! This fourteen-week course will focus on
deepening students understanding of advanced Latin grammar, vocabulary,
translation skills, and the history behind this beautiful language. Breakout rooms,
Quizlet, and other materials supplemented by the instructor will be utilized to
encourage good study habits. The textbook, Wheelock's Latin, will be our
overarching guide for the course. Students will work through chapters 31-40
(chapters are approximate and may vary slightly). Students will explore both
Ecclesiastical and Classical pronunciations.
Course materials: Wheelocks Latin 7th Edition
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061997226/catholictreas-20) and a Latin
dictionary with Latin to English and English to Latin sections (such as
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0877205612/catholictreas-20). Students are
not to use online Latin dictionaries. A working microphone with headphones is
mandatory.
Homework: Students can expect to spend a half hour a day (Monday Friday) on
their homework assignments and memorization.

Advanced Latin, Part Two *New

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This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear but
need to email first for the placement test at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com if
they do not have the prerequisite.
This course is limited to 20 students.
Total classes: 14
Class dates: Thursdays, January 19th to May 4th 2017. No class April 13 for Easter
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Advanced Latin, Part One. Or, a score of 70% or higher on the
entrance exam (given by the instructor). Email
homeschoolconnections@gmail.com for the exam.
Suggested grade level: 11th and 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: One semester Latin or Foreign Language
Fee: $200 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $225 after Nov. 15 for all
14 classes. ($245 after Jan. 11)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: Want to continue your Latin training and have some fun along
the way? Join us in Advanced Latin! Dont let the course name intimidate you. This
course isnt as scary as it sounds! In this class, students will begin to transition from
learning about grammar to applying it through translation. Students will have the
opportunity to translate texts from ancient Roman authors, Biblical passages, and
religious documents. This course focuses on helping students read and translate
Latin with proficiency. Students will love the seminar environment in which the
instructor will facilitate student-led discussions. We will explore both Ecclesiastical
and Classical pronunciations.
Course materials:
Required: Wheelocks Latin Reader 2e: Selections from Latin Literature
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060935065/catholictreas-20)
Allen and Greenoughs New Latin Grammar
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1585100277/catholictreas-20); and a Latin
dictionary (such as www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0877205612/catholictreas20).
A working microphone with headphones is mandatory.
Recommended: Wheelocks Latin 7th Edition
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061997226/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Students are expected to translate daily, spending about an hour on
their assignments.

Latin Composition Workshop *New


Can be taken independently or with another Latin course.
Students are welcomed to join us midyear. See prerequisite below.
Total classes: 14
Class dates: Thursdays, January 19th to May 4th 2017. No class April 13 for Easter
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: At least one year of High School Latin
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: One full semester of Latin or Foreign Language
Fee: $200 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $225 after Nov. 15 for all
14 workshops. ($245 after Jan. 11)
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Instructor: Emily Henry


Course description: Whether youve had one, two, or three years of High School
Latin, you will love this course! You can use it as a supplemental course to coincide
with your other Latin class or you can take it as a course on its own. Its up to you!
Latin Composition is an engaging, interactive workshop in which students will be
able to compose Latin phrases, stories, plays, etc. These activities will reinforce
what students have already learned in their respective Latin classes and will
strengthen their understanding of grammar. Each week, students will work together
based upon age and Latin experience in mini-workshops. Each group will have an
instructor-led composition assignment(s) that will be unique to their understanding
of Latin grammar and vocabulary. They will work together on their assignments and
then share different portions of their compositions with the entire class.
Course materials:
Required: Allen and Greenoughs New Latin Grammar
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1585100277/catholictreas-20); and a Latin
dictionary (such as www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0877205612/catholictreas20).
A working microphone with headphones is mandatory.
Recommended: Wheelocks Latin 7th Edition
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061997226/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Students will have mini composition assignments as homework in
addition to group assignments during class. The majority of their work, however, will
be done during our class time.

Life Skills

How to Be an Excellent Student: Note Taking, Test Taking,


and How to Get an A
Homeschool Connections offers this course free as it lays a foundation of study
skills to help students be successful in all of their other courses.
Total classes: 4
Class dates:
Fridays, January 13 to February 3, 2017
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th to 10th grade
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course is designed to help your student become strong,
confident, and able to study for any high school level course with success.
Course outline:
Class 1: Active listening and how to take notes effectively
Class 2: Active reading and how to study effectively
Class 3: Critical reading skills for comprehension
Class 4: Test-taking in a timed setting
Course materials: All materials provided free from the instructor.
Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 2 hours of work per class
(reading and automated quizzes).
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Literature

Middle School Greek Mythology


Due to the popularity of this single-semester course, it is offered twice this school
year. The same course is offered in the fall semester and again in the spring
semester. This is not a 2-part course.
Total classes: 10
Class dates: Thursdays, January 19 to March 23, 2017
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade. High school students are welcomed if
they are interested in the subject matter.
Fee: $150 if registered on or before November 15, 2016. $170 after Nov. 15 for all
10 classes. ($190 after Jan. 11)
Instructor: Emily Henry
Course description: In this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of
Greek mythology and its influence on the Western World. Students will be
encouraged both to read the stories and to think critically about them. We will focus
on mastery of content as well as how the morals of the stories compare with Biblical
truths. We will be exploring the idea of heroes and heroines, right and wrong, fate,
and the standards which the Greeks upheld. Throughout the course, we will
measure all our analysis of the stories in light of Biblical truths.
Course materials: D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0440406943/catholictreas-20) There will also
be a recommended (optional) reading list for students and parents who want to
learn more (provided after registration).
Homework: Students can expect to have weekly reading assignments from our
textbook as well as other material supplemented either by the teacher or the
parent. Students will answer weekly reading questions to assist with comprehension
and to prepare them for the class discussion. In addition to our weekly lecture, there
will be in-class reading quizzes, group activities, and projects. There will be at least
one exam, one essay, and several quizzes throughout the course.

A Mastery of Mysteries *New


Total classes: 13
Class dates: Wednesdays, January 11 to April 19, 2017. No class March 1 for Ash Wednesday and April
12 for Holy Week.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 if you register after Nov. 15 for all 13
classes. ($215 after Jan. 3)
Instructor: Kevin OBrien
Course description: In this course, students will strive to become mystery masters! We will read some
of the greatest mystery stories of all time, including tales of detectives such as Sherlock Holmes, Father
Brown, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and mysteries by Christian writers such as Dorothy Sayers, G. K.
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Chesterton and others. We will not only examine the structure and content of mystery stories, but also try
our hand at writing our own short mysteries! Plus mini-mysteries will be read and solved in every class
session.
Course outline:
Introduction and Mini-Mysteries
Sherlock Holmes - Part I
Sherlock Holmes - Part II
Father Brown - the Anti-Holmes
Chestertons other Mysteries
Agatha Christie - Part I
Agatha Christie - Part II
Dorothy Sayers
Nancy Drew
The Hardy Boys
Mystery Dinner Theater
Student Mysteries - Part I
Student Mysteries - Part II
Course materials: Public domain mysteries will be provided by the instructor. Each student will need to
purchase or borrow Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062196537/catholictreas-20), The Mousetrap and Other Plays by
Agatha Christie (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062094467/catholictreas-20), and The Secret of
the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book One),
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0448095017/catholictreas-20.
Homework: Quizzes and Final Exam. Students will be asked to write a final project mystery story to be
graded by the instructor. Plan on about four hours of homework, mostly reading, per week.

Drama and the Human Spirit

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Total classes: 13
Class dates: Thursdays, January 12 to April 6, 2017
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Literature or English
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 if you register after Nov. 15 for all 13
classes. ($215 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: Kevin OBrien
Course description: This is the High School version of our popular class for Middle School Students.
From its beginning in ancient Greece and from its inception in England in the context of the liturgy,
drama has always been about man's relation to God (or "the gods"). This survey course will examine
some of the great works of drama and comedy, focusing on how dramatic art grapples with the question
of the meaning of life and the revelation of God in the human heart.
Course outline:
Ancient Greek Drama
Classical Roman Drama
Early Medieval Drama - Mystery, Miracle and Morality Plays
Shakespeare - Tragedy - Macbeth
Shakespeare - Comedy - Much Ado about Nothing
Moliere - The Forced Marriage
Commedia del Arte
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Restoration Drama
Melodramas of the Early 19th Century
Ibsens A Dolls House
George Bernard Shaw vs. G. K. Chesterton
Theater of the Absurd
American Theater and Course Review
Course materials: All materials will be provided as PDFs by the instructor.
Homework: Tests, Reading, Midterm, and Final exams. Expect about three hours of
homework per week.

A World Without God *New

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Total classes: 13
Class dates: Thursdays, January 12 to April 6, 2017
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester credit Literature, Theology, or Philosophy
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 if you register after Nov. 15 for all 13
classes. ($215 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: Kevin OBrien
Course description: St. John tells us, You have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many
antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. But what is the nature of this antichrist
or this anti-Christian spirit, so prevalent in the world today? How does it fight against God? What sort of
world does it create? What are its goals and assumptions? We will look at this spirit of defiance that puts
man in place of God and identify its nature, its philosophy, its goals, where it most contradicts the
Catholic Faith, and how ordinary people can combat it. We will do this by studying the art and literature
that shows us what happens when men try to build this world without God, including reading all or
parts of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, 1984 by George Orwell, The Turn of the Screw by Henry
James, Father Elijah by Michael OBrien and selections by philosophers such as Nietzsche, Camus and
Voegelin.
Course outline:
Christ vs. Antichrist
Man as God - Macbeth - Part I
Man as God - Macbeth - Part II
The Spirit of Friedrich Nietzsche
Nihilism and the Christian Critique
Heaven or Hell on Earth? - 1984 - Part I
Heaven or Hell on Earth? - 1984 - Part II
Hilaire Belloc on the Modern Heresy of the World without God
Eric Voegelin on the Closed System and Unreality
Henry James The Turn of the Screw as the Haunted World without God
Visions of the Apocalypse - Selections from Father Elijah by Michael OBrien
Antidotes to the Antichrist
Review
Course materials: Public domain material will be provided as PDFs by the instructor. Students must
purchase or borrow 1984 by George Orwell
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451524934/catholictreas-20), The Great Heresies by Hilaire
Belloc (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0991560671/catholictreas-20), and Father Elijah by
Michael OBrien (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898706904/catholictreas-20).
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Homework: Reading, quizzes, final exam, mid-term paper, final paper graded by
the instructor. Plan on about four hours of homework per week.

The Odyssey by Homer


If this course fills and closes early, we will consider adding a second day/time.
Total classes: 6
Class dates: Wednesdays, January 18 to February 22, 2017
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: The ability to understand and enjoy the book.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade.
Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Literature or English. Add a writing course for a
full semester of English.
Fee: $90 if you register on or before November 15, 2015. $105 after Nov. 15 for all
6 classes. ($125 after Jan. 10)
Instructor: Joseph Pearce
Course description: Homer is at the foundation of Western Civilization and is
arguably, with the possible exception of Dante and Shakespeare, the greatest writer
that Western Civilization has produced. Professor Pearce will guide us through
Homers classic work, examining the ways in which its moral vision harmonizes with
that of Christianity, offering timeless insights into the human condition.
Course outline:
Week One: Books I-IV: Recklessness and self-destruction; the will of Zeus; Penelope
besieged; the impotence of Telemachos; the metaphor of the burial shroud; the
unworthy suitors; Agamemnons death; the pious wisdom of Menelaos; Helen and
the madness of Aphrodite; Menelaos the prophet; the pride of Aias punished;
Agamemnons murder as metaphor; the piety of Penelope.
Week Two: Books V-VIII: The will of Zeus; Odysseus rejects immortality; Odysseus
naked trust in the gods; naked innocence, piety and prayer; the wisdom of Alkinos;
Homers self-portrait?; a theology of grace; Odysseus martial prowess; a parable on
adultery; forgiveness and reconciliation; a chaste love; Odysseus weeps for Troy;
Week Three: Books IX-XII: Back to the Beginning; Odysseus the pirate; the LotusEaters; the Cyclopes; Nobody wins but Somebody loses; the curse of Polyphemos;
ruined by their own folly; Circe and more ruinous folly; voyage to the land of the
Dead; Teiresias the prophet; Antikleia dies of a broken heart; the Dead as Shadows;
the sins and virtues of women; the judgment of the dead; Sirens; Skylla and
Charybdis; the cattle of Helios; arrives at Ogygia.
Week Four: Books XIII-XVI: A prayer for families; home alone; enduring grief in
silence; xenia and loyalty; Helens prophecy; the humility of Odysseus; Odysseus
Passion.
Week Five: Books XVII-XX: Odysseus the beggar in his own house; refusing the
beggar his own food; Penelopes prayer for the beggar; the piety of Odysseus;
Penelopes modesty; Penelopes beguiling enchantment; Penelope and Odysseus;
the contest of the bow proposed; Penelopes profound love for Odysseus.
Week Six: Books XXI-XXIV: Penelope announces the contest of the bow; Telemachos
comes of age; Penelope rebukes the suitors; Penelope sent away; Odysseus strings
and shoots the bow; Homer spares himself; suitors killed by their own
recklessness; immoral women punished; Penelope and Odysseus speak as one;
Penelope as anti-Helen; marriage till death do us part; Penelope as anti-Helen
reiterated; Odysseus reunited with his father; the gods as the bringers of peace.
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Course materials: The Odyssey by Homer. Make sure to obtain the Richmond
Lattimore translation, HarperPerennial edition, ISBN #0-06-093195-7
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060931957/catholictreas-20)
Homework: Homework entails daily reading and weekly quizzes (20 minutes).

Seeing Typology in Literature *New


Total classes: 10
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 31 to April 18. No class February 21 for midterm
break or April 11 for Easter.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade as well as Parents who Homeschool
Suggested high school credit: 3/4 Semester Literature or Typology.
Fee: $120 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $140 if you register
after Nov. 15. ($160 after Jan. 23)
Instructor: Henry Russell, Ph.D.
Course description: To read the great works of literature with maximum
understanding, the principles of Typology which apply to human life need to be
applied to the reading of great authors, whether Christian or otherwise. This
approach opens up the moral and spiritual richness that cause works of art to last or
be forgotten. This course will help make clear why Literature is central to a
Classical Catholic education and provides an approach to teaching it.
Course outline:
Class One: Dante Selections (PDF)
Class Two: Dante Selections (PDF)
Class Three: Gawain and the Green Knight 1 st Half
Class Four: Gawain and the Green Knight 2 nd Half
Class Five: King Arthur Selections (PDF)
Class Six: Chaucer, The Nuns Priests Tale (PDF)
Class Seven: Nathaniel Hawthornes The Ministers Black Veil (PDF)
Class Eight: Katherine Anne Porters The Jilting of Granny Weatherall (PDF)
Class Nine: Flannery OConnors A Good Man is Hard to Find (PDF)
Class Ten: Flannery OConnors Greenleaf (PDF)
Course materials: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Burton Raffel translation,
ISBN #0451628233
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451628233/catholictreas-20). PDF files
provided free from the instructor, which will be provided in advance to registered
students by request.
Homework: Expect to spend approximately 2 hours of reading per week. The
instructor provides computer-generated (and graded) quizzes each week.

Math

Glencoe Middle School Math 1, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite.
Total classes: 14 live plus 10 pre-recorded

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Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 25. No classes January 24 for the March
for Life and April 11 for Holy Week.
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central, 9:00 Mountain, 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes live classes, 10-20 minutes recorded
Prerequisite: Students should have already been introduced to fractions and
should be able to perform basic math operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying,
dividing).
Suggested credit: 1 full semester math.
Suggested Grade Level: 6th (advanced 5th graders welcome)
Fee: $175.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. 195.00 after Nov.
15th for all 12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Emily Nardozzi, M.Ed.
Course description: Middle School Math 1 covers fractions, decimals, integers,
data analysis, algebraic expressions and equations, functions and inequalities, using
formulas, and surface area and volume in a way that will be easy to understand and
will provide a strong foundation for the coming math courses.
Course materials: Mathematics: Applications and Concepts, Course 1, Student
Edition (Glencoe Mathematics), 2006 Edition. We recommend purchasing the book
used as they can be found for as little as 0.99 plus
s/h: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0078652537/catholictreas-20 (click on
Used).
Homework: 3-4 lessons per week with 10-20 homework problems per lesson, 2
short quizzes per week, and a chapter test approximately every other week

Glencoe Middle School Math 2, Part Two *New


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite.
Total classes: 14 live plus 5-7 pre-recorded
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 25. No classes January 24 for the March
for Life and April 11 for Holy Week.
Starting time: 12:30 PM Eastern (11:30 Central, 10:30 Mountain, 9:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes live classes, 10-20 minutes recorded
Prerequisite: Middle School Math (Glencoe), Part One or the equivalent.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester math.
Suggested grade level: 7th (advanced 6th graders welcome)
Fee: $175.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. 195.00 after Nov.
15th for all 12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Emily Nardozzi, M.Ed.
Course description: Middle School Math 2 covers many of the same topics as
Middle School Math 1, but each topic is discussed more in depth and with more
application. We will still be doing a lot of work with fractions, decimals, integers,
data analysis, algebraic expressions and equations, functions and inequalities, using
formulas, and surface area and volume. We will add to this list ratios and
proportions and more applications of fractions and percentages. This course is
designed to prepare students for Pre-Algebra.
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Course materials: Mathematics: Applications and Concepts, Course 2, Student


Edition (Glencoe Mathematics), 2006 Edition. We recommend purchasing the book
used as they can be found for as little as 0.99 plus
s/h: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0078652634/catholictreas-20 (click on
Used).
Homework: 2-4 lessons per week with 10-20 homework problems per lesson, 1-2
short quizzes per week, and approximately one chapter test every other week

Glencoe Pre-Algebra, Part Two *New


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite. Email us if you are unsure.
Total classes: 14 live plus 5-7 pre-recorded classes
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 25. No classes January 24 for the March
for Life and April 11 for Holy Week.
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain, 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes live classes, 10-20 minutes recorded
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra, Part One or the equivalent.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester math.
Suggested grade level: 8th (advanced 7th graders welcome)
Fee: $175.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. 195.00 after Nov.
15th for all 12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Emily Nardozzi, M.Ed.
Course description: Pre-Algebra is a course designed to prepare students for
Algebra 1. We will spend time performing basic operations on integers and rational
numbers, as well as work on solving one and two-step equations with both integers
and rational numbers. This course also covers real numbers and the Pythagorean
theorem, proportions, algebra, geometry, percentages, area and volume,
probability, statistics, inequalities, and linear functions.
Course materials: Mathematics: Applications and Concepts, Course 3, Student
Edition (Glencoe Mathematics), 2005 Edition. We recommend purchasing the book
used as they can be found for as little as 0.99 plus
s/h: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0078668484/catholictreas-20 (click on
Used).
Homework: 2-4 lessons per week with 15-20 homework problems per lesson, 1-2
short quizzes per week, and a chapter test approximately every other week

Introduction to Probability and Statistics *New


Total classes: 12
Class dates: Mondays, January 9 to April 3, 2017. No class January 23 for March
for Life.
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Math or Statistics
Fee: $170.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. 190.00 after Nov.
15th for all 12 classes. ($210 after Jan. 1)
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Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA


Course description: We will explore all areas of probability and statistics starting
with what is data, discrete v. continuous, analog and digital data. We will then
move on to data displays, surveying, measures of central value, measures of spread
(including standard deviation, quartiles, and interquartile rage), comparing
univariate and bivariate data, correlation, probability, combinations and
permutations and random variables. This course is designed as an introduction to
data analysis to ready a student for college level statistics.
Course materials: Statistics for Dummies ISBN # 9-780470-911082,
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0470911085/catholictreas-20
Homework: A student should expect to spend 5 hours on homework per week.

Saxon Algebra 1, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite. Email us if you are unsure.
Total classes: 14 live classes, plus 14 recorded lectures.
Class dates: Mondays, January 9 to April 24, 2017. No class January 23 for March
for Life and April 17 for Easter Monday.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes for live classes. 30 minutes for recorded classes.
Prerequisite: Algebra I, Part One or equivalent
Suggested grade level: 9th grade and up.
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Algebra I or Math
Fee: $195.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $215 after Nov. 15 for
all 14 live and 14 recorded classes. ($235 after Jan. 1)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Students will study all concepts in Algebra 1 from linear to
nonlinear equations, graphing and numerical studies.. In it's entirety this course
involves all concepts needed to fulfill national requirements for Algebra I. The topics
to include but not be restricted to, operations with integers, rules of multiplicative
identity and additive identity, equation solving, exponential function relations,
quadratic function relations and their graphs, Cartesian graphing, polynomial
relations and functions, radicals and their properties as well as some work with
geometric properties as a background for use in Algebra II.
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Course materials: Saxon Algebra I Homeschool Kit, Third Edition


(www.emmanuelbooks.com/product_detail.cfm/ID/1508/OID/3324/Saxon-MathHomeschool-Kits/)
Homework: 4-5 assignments of 15-20 problems per lesson.

Foerster Algebra 1, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite. Email us if you are unsure.
Total classes: 14 live classes plus 14 recorded classes.
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 25. No classes January 24 for the March
for Life and April 11 for Holy Week.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes for live classes. 30 minutes for recorded classes.
Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Part One or equivalent
Suggested grade level: 9th to 10th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Math
Fee: $195.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $215 after Nov. 15 for
all 14 live and 14 recorded classes. ($235 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Students will be required to watch a recorded 30-minute
lecture each week and attend class for discussions and problem solving. Algebra 1
explores all avenues of linear equations, some non-linear equations and problem
solving. Students will use all of their basic math skills to solve problems, graph
equations, and think using the skills we develop. The instructor is available for
Skype conferencing once a week if needed.
Course Materials: Foerster's Algebra 1 (Third Edition, 1994), ISBN-13: 9780201860948 ISBN-10: 0201860945
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0201860945/catholictreas-20). We recommend
purchasing the text used as it is considerably cheaper than new.

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Homework: 4-5 lessons per week with 15-20 problems to work per lesson

Foerster Algebra 2, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite. Email us if you are unsure.
Total classes: 14 live classes plus 14 recorded classes.
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 25. No classes January 24 for the March
for Life and April 11 for Holy Week.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes for live classes. 30 minutes for recorded classes.
Prerequisite: Algebra 2, Part One or equivalent
Suggested grade level: 10th grade and up
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Math
Fee: $195.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $215 after Nov. 15 for
all 14 live and 14 recorded classes. ($235 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Foerster Algebra 2 will pick up where we left of in Foerster
Algebra 1 with solving complex algebraic equations, complex fractions and
exploring rational as well as irrational numbers. Students will also begin their
exploration of trigonometric functions, as well as using the geometry that they have
learned to find lengths and measures of angles. Students will continue with the
ideas of solving for a variable, but now use vector analysis to go along with it. This
is a great next step after Algebra 1, and will lead into geometry smoothly.
Course materials: Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications (Prentice
Hall Classics): www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131657100/catholictreas-20
Homework: 4-5 lessons per week with 15-20 problems to work per lesson

Holt-McDougal-Larson Algebra 2, Part Two


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This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite. Email us if you are unsure.
Total classes: 14 live, interactive classes plus 3 to 5 recorded lessons each week.

Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 25. No classes January 24 for the March
for Life and April 11 for Holy Week.
Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Office Hours: Thursdays from 5:30-6:00 PM Eastern (by appointment)
Prerequisite: Algebra 2, Part One or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Math or Honors Algebra 2
Fee: $185 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $215 after July 15 for all 14 live classes
and 36+ recorded classes. ($235 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Thomas Frederick, MS
Course description: This class is designed with online education in mind. Daily video
lessons maximize student-teacher contact time. Each Live class is an individualized study
session in which the class works together solving student generated problems and
answering questions from the week before. The goal of Algebra 2 is to build upon the
concepts taught in Algebra 1 and Geometry while adding new concepts to the students
repertoire of mathematics. Algebra 2 continues the study of linear, quadratic, polynomial
and exponential functions and introduces rational, logarithmic and trigonometric
relationships. Additional topics covered include matrices, sequences and conic sections. A
focus on application of concepts learned to solving real world problems will be a learning
outcome. Graphing calculators and online resources will be introduced often as learning aids
and preparation for 21 century learning.
Course materials: Holt McDougal Larson Algebra 2 (2007), ISBN-13: 978-0-618-92393-9
ISBN-10: 0-618-92393-4 (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0618923934/catholictreas-20).
A TI 83 or 84 Graphing Calculator *(a FREE app can be downloaded for the Android Phone,
Mac or PC but not for IOS)
Homework: Weekly lessons will include pre recorded videos, note sheets, practice
problems, and a quiz or test. Homework questions will be assigned from the textbook along
with solutions for students to self-check progress. Each unit will have a quiz or test at the
end, which will be graded by the instructor in the Moodle interface. Students will be
expected to watch daily videos, complete daily homework (3-4 times per week). The
instructor will host a live class once a week for one hour as well as office hours (by
appointment) for 30 minutes.

Jurgensen, Brown, Jurgensen Geometry, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite. Email us if you are unsure.
Total classes: 14 live classes plus 14 recorded classes.
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 25. No classes January 24 for the March
for Life and April 11 for Holy Week.
Starting time: 1:30 PM Eastern (12:30 Central; 11:30 Mountain; 10:30 Pacific)
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Duration: 55 minutes for live classes. 30 minutes for recorded classes.


Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or equivalent coursework
Suggested grade level: 10th grade and up.
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Math
Fee: $195.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $215 after Nov. 15 for
all 14 live and 14 recorded classes. ($235 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Jurgensen, Brown, and Jurgensen is a complement text to the
Foerster Algebra series. Students will study two and three dimensional shapes as
well as lines, rays and similar figures in a plane. Deductive reasoning will be used
throughout the text to immerse students in proofs and the varying postulants and
theorems that are used. Basic as well as more advanced constructions will be used
along with algebra to connect algebra with the geometry that they are learning. We
will be using the college entrance tests as a guide for the tests and quizzes so that
students are familiar with the types of questions they will be expected to know and
answer.
Course materials: Geometry by Jurgensen, Brown and Jurgensen ISBN# 0-39577120-X, www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/039577120X/catholictreas-20
Homework: 4-5 assignments per week with 15-20 problems per lesson

Saxon Advanced Mathematics: Pre-Calculus, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite. Email us if you are unsure.
Total classes: 14 live classes plus 14 recorded classes.
Class dates: Mondays, January 9 to April 24, 2017. No class January 23 for March
for Life and April 17 for Easter Monday.
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes for live classes. 30 minutes for recorded classes.

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Prerequisite: Algebra II and Geometry.


Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade.
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Math
Fee: $210.00 if you register on or before November 16, 2015. $230 after Nov. 15 for
all 14 live and 14 recorded classes. ($250 after Jan. 1)
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: We will explore all the algebraic & trigonometric concepts;
both linear and nonlinear plus functions, complex numbers, and concepts involving
trigonometry & polar coordinates. This course will fulfill requirements for Precalculus and ready students for High School and college advanced topics math
including Calculus.
Course materials: Saxon Advanced Mathematics and Incremental Development,
Edition 2 (www.emmanuelbooks.com/product_detail.cfm/ID/1508/OID/3328/SaxonMath-Homeschool-Kits/), with the test and homeschool pack, a scientific calculator
(TI 30X or the like), graph paper, ruler, protractor, compass, and pencil. Graphing
calculators are useful, but not necessary. Instructor will provide a free weekly
lecture in addition to the live, interactive classes.
Homework: 4-5 assignments per week with 15-20 problems to work per lesson.

Philosophy / Logic

Formal Logic II
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Thursdays, January 12 to April 6, 2017. No class Feb. 23 for mid-term
break.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Logic I: Introduction to Formal Logic or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade.
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Logic or Formal Logic II
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 after Nov. 15 for all
12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: Robert F. Gotcher, Ph.D.
Course description: This course continues the exploration of formal logic begun in
the "Introduction to Formal Logic" course. It looks closely at a wide variety of
syllogism. such as Enthymemes, conditional, disjunctive, conjunctive,
polysyllogisms, sorites, and dilemmas. Examples are taken from famous
philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, and Hume.
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Course materials: Traditional Logic, Book II: Advanced Formal Logic (Classical
Trivium Core Series) by Martin Cothran (Jun 1, 2000) and Traditional Logic II, Key by
Martin Cothran (Jun 1, 2008). Can be found at www.memoriapress.com or your
favorite used curriculum forum.
Homework: Weekly logic exercises graded by the instructor.

Philosophy: An Introduction to The Summa Theologica by


St. Thomas Aquinas, Part Two
Note: This is a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us mid year (email us if you are
unsure if you meet the prerequisite).
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Fridays, January 13 to April 7, 2017. No class Feb. 24 for midterm break.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes)
Prerequisite: Part One of this course (Fall 2015 or Unlimited Access) or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. However, bright younger students would be
acceptable.
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Philosophy or Theology
Fee: $175 if you register on or before Nov. 15, 2016. $195 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes.
($235 after Jan. 5)
Instructor: Dave Palmer
Course description: The timeless philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, when properly
understood, can be an invaluable help to all people today, including young people in high
school and those preparing for college. For in it the eternal truths of the Catholic faith shine
brightly, revealing to man the truths about the nature of God, the angels, other creatures
and himself. We learn our purpose in life and the pathway back to God, our creator and end,
through a life based on Gods grace, the Sacraments and a life of virtue. Most people never
begin studying St. Thomas Aquinas because they think it will be too complicated or above
their heads. This course is presented in a fun and interactive manner and will help students
answer the most fundamental questions about their lives, the most perplexing questions
about human nature, and come to a better understanding of who we are as made to the
image and likeness of God.
Course materials: The Summa by St. Thomas Aquinas can be found online and other
reading materials for class will be provided. Nothing needs to be purchased.
Homework: Will consist of taking a weekly short quiz and answering short essay question
based on class material each week. Other assignments will involve connecting what is being
learned to issues in the news of the day.

Science

Introduction to Ornithology (The Study of Birds) *New


This course only accepts 15 students.
Total classes: 13
Class dates: Thursdays, January 12 to April 6, 2017.
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Starting time: 5:00 PM Eastern (4:00 Central; 3:00 Mountain; 2:00 Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade. Interested high school students are also
welcomed to join us.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Ornithology or Biology
Fee: $155 if your register on or before November 15, 2016. $175 after Nov. 15 for
all 13 classes. ($195 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: MacBeth Derham
Course description: A look at birds' anatomy and behavior, with an emphasis on
identifying the familiar birds of North America.
Course materials: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America (Peterson Field
Guides) by Roger Tory Peterson, ISBN # 0618966145
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0618966145/macbethsopinion-20)
Homework: Memorizing and identifying common birds for weekly quiz. Each
student will give one presentation on any bird for the class.

Middle School STEM Engineering *New


Total classes: 12
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 4, 2017. No Class March 21 for mid-term
break.
Starting time: 1:30 PM Eastern (12:30 Central; 11:30 Mountain; 10:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Science
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 after Nov. 15 for all
12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP
Course description: Each week we will cover an engineering topic through class
lecture Internet resources on Moodle. At the end of class, an engineering challenge
is posted relating to that topic and students spend the week engineer a solution
using simple, common materials. These solutions will be shown to the class the
following week.
Course materials: All books and information will be supplied FREE. Students will
need various common items in order to complete the weekly challenges (list will be
provided).
Homework: Completing the weekly challenges. This is graded by the instructor as
a simple pass/fail. Students will also take a short open-book quiz, automatically
graded, each week relating to the engineering topic covered.

Physical Science, Part Two *New


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Please email for permission if you would like to
join us midyear.
Total classes: 20 live classes plus 20 recorded lectures
Class dates: Thursdays, January 5 to May 25, 2017. Easter break will be April 10 to
17.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Part One
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Suggested grade level: 7th to 9th grade


Suggested credit: 1 full semester Physical Science
Fee: $200 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $220 after Nov. 15 for all
40 classes. ($240 after Dec. 28)
Instructor: Kathy Dutton
Course description: We will be studying the matter and forces that God created
our universe with. In Part I, we will learn about Atoms, Interaction of Matter,
Electricity, Waves, Light and Sound, and discover how these concepts are important
in our lives. Together, Part I and Part II of this course will be an excellent preparation
for high school Chemistry and Physics.
Course outline: Please email Mrs. Dutton at kathys.chemistry@gmail.com for the
full outline or to ask questions about the course.
Course materials and technology:
1. Text: Holt Science and Technology: Physical Science (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston,
2007) ISBN: 0-03-046228-26. (We recommend buying used. It can be purchased at
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0030462282/catholictreas-20)
2. Calculator
3. A word processing program (such as Microsoft Word)
4. Access to a scanner with PDF capabilities
Homework: Approximately 2 to 2.5 hours outside of class each week. Each section
will have a short homework assignment, each chapter will have a quiz, and each
unit will have a test. There will be occasional hands-on activities that will only
require household items. Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer questions during
scheduled office hours or via the class discussion (forum). Mrs. Dutton will grade all
completed assignments and give an overall grade for this course.

Spaceflight Operations and Related Sciences (SOARS)


Total classes: 15
Class dates: Thursdays, January 12 to April 27, 2017. No class April 13 for Easter
Break.
Starting time: 5:00 PM Eastern (4:00 Central; 3:00 Mountain; 2:00 Pacific).
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes (85 minutes)
Prerequisite: All virtual astronauts should report for duty with their imaginations
and a love for learning! General familiarity with spacecraft, astronomy, radio
communications, and the related subject areas is a plus, but not required.
IMPORTANT SOFTWARE NOTE: These free software applications are primarily
designed for the Windows operating system. Some of them also work on other
computer operating systems (Mac, Linux, etc.). If your operating system isnt
supported by the software, there may be ways to get these software applications to
work via virtual machine (e.g., Wine emulation), dual-boot, or other methods.
Alternatively, parents should consider enrolling their students in the class even if
their computer doesnt support every software application with the understanding
that their student may not be able to actively do some of the activities due to the
software limitations, but will still take advantage of the many other learning
opportunities in the class through in-class examples, doing their class project, online
web-based resources, and more. Not having a Windows computer should not be an
impediment to enrolling in the course.
[1] Orbiter Space Flight Simulator (OSS) is available from
http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk. Please refer to the website for minimum computer
hardware requirements. Some graphics cards have difficulty displaying some ship
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consoles (they look like holes cut out where flight instruments should be but you
see the outside instead). Please test to ensure that the software displays them
properly or the student will have greater difficulty controlling the ship (not a limiting
factor for the class). The Orbiter Space Flight Simulator works on Windows
98/2000/XP/Vista/Win7 and possibly Windows 10.
[2] Access to a spreadsheet application like MS Excel (not free but possibly already
installed on your computer) or Open Office Calc (free download at openoffice.org) is
recommended for some data analysis.
[3] Fldigi (Fast and Light Digital modem program) is a modem program for most of
the digital modes used by radio amateurs today: CW, PSK, MFSK, RTTY, WEFAX, and
others. Version 3.22.08 (or greater) is available as a free download from
http://www.w1hkj.com website. Fldigi should run on all POSIX/X11 systems (*BSD,
Linux, Solaris, etc.). It has also been ported to Mac OS X (10.4 or newer) and
Windows (2000 or newer).
[4] Celestia 3D astronomy software (free download at
http://sourceforge.net/projects/celestia/) for simulating/visualizing astronomical
events. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
[5] Orbitron and it can be downloaded from http://www.stoff.pl/ for use in viewing
the current and predicted position of orbiting satellites. Works on Windows
9x/2k/Me/XP/2003/Vista, Linux [with Wine emulation].
[6] HDSDR software defined radio software available from http://www.hdsdr.de/ for
interfacing with any SDR hardware you have/acquire or for listening to recordings of
radio signals provided by the instructor. HDSDR works on Microsoft Windows
2000/XP/Vista/8/8/7.1/10.
[7] WXtoImg software is available from http://www.wxtoimg.com/ and is used to
decode weather satellite signals images. WXtoImg works on Windows, Linux, and
Mac OS.
Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Space Science
Fee: $225 if you register on or before November 15, 2015. $250 after Nov. 15 for all
15 classes. ($275 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: Domenico Ruggiero
Course description: This course is a jam-packed assortment of space-related
sciences taught by a former NASA Space Shuttle Engineer. The variety of topics
covered in this course could each be courses in themselves. The approach taken
here is to present some very interesting aspects of the subjects in a way that
doesnt over-simplify the topics. Recognizing that homeschool students are
exceptionally bright and are capable of understanding the fundamentals of complex
subjects and researching additional material, the course material will be presented
in a manner that captivates the childs attention, makes them more aware of the
depth of knowledge still to be gained, and then shows them how to learn more by
providing a plethora of resources that the child will explore on their own and with
the collaboration of fellow students.
Class discussions will also be peppered with these subjects/topics:

Material science why certain materials are used and why some are not

Circuits and electronics

Sensors and other instrumentation

Sun science: Sunspots, radiation, solar wind, solar flares, Coronal Mass
Ejections (CMEs), and how space weather affects the Earth.

Earth observation science: Meteorology, Infrared, satellite imagery


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OSS: Traveling from the Earth to the Moon and back

Use of computers and software in spacecraft, especially during long-distance


trips

Work stories, lessons learned, and other valuable real-world advice

The importance of public speaking skills


Course materials: See prerequisite section for a list of required software
applications. Extensive handouts, online resources, and software applications are to
be utilized. Purchase of a small pad of green engineering paper would be useful
when making hand-made plots. This paper type also makes for a cool sciencelooking notepad with its small-grid boxes useful for making impromptu
plots/drawings. Book recommendations will be provided but are not required for
purchase. Encouraged experimentation may require the purchase of related
supplies, but this is optional and at the discretion/interest of the student and parent.
Homework: Assignments will vary based on subject area. Where applicable,
assignments will have a Catholic theme to them. Assignments may include, but are
not limited to, (1) answering questions related to topics covered during the lectures,
(2) researching related materials, (3) using the spaceflight simulator to accomplish
a mission using newly gained knowledge of orbital mechanics (astrodynamics), (4)
using online software defined radio stations and specially designed software to tune
in ground-based and satellite radio signals, (5) using 3D space-related software
applications to learn more about planetary motion and the occurrences of eclipses,
(6) tracking the current and predicted location of satellites and the International
Space Station, (7) using software to decode radio signals into text and images like
real ground controllers, and (8) a few online quizzes and submitted assignments.
In this course, students have a required class project which promotes more of a
deep-dive into a subject/topic of the students choosing. Students work on these
projects through a majority of the course. The finished project will be shared with
fellow students via submitted documentation and via a short in-class presentation
at an in-class SOARS Virtual Conference. This fosters not only an opportunity to
pursue topics of particular interest to the student, but to also give them valuable
research, writing, and public-speaking experience in a fun and friendly setting. The
SOARS Virtual Conference is a highlight for the students each semester.
Throughout the course, students will collaborate with fellow students and
mentor them when needed so as to reinforce their knowledge by helping others.
Students can expect a variable 3 to 6 hours of time per week dedicated to
homework and progress towards their class project. Additional time, if available, is
encouraged so that the student can experiment with specific personal interests. All
assignments are given and graded by the instructor.
Regular feedback will be provided to the students and their parents to ensure
that all are aware of the progress being made throughout the course.

Health Science
Total classes: 10

Class dates: Tuesdays January 10 to March 14, 2017


Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of high school science.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: semester Science or Health. For a full credit you can
add Nutrition (Live Summer 2016 or recorded in Unlimited Access) or other course.

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Fee: $120.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $140 after Nov. 15 for all 10
classes. ($160 after Sept. 5)
Instructor: Christine Hamilton Ph. D.
Course description: Identify skills, knowledge and resources to become and stay

healthy. Encourages good eating habits, heighten safety awareness, and help each
student learn to respect others and to properly care for his body, that most
marvelous creation of God. Human sexuality will not be discussed.
Course outline:
Week 1: Health Education
Week 2: Health Education
Week 3: Human Development
Week 4: Life Saving Skills (intro to CPR)
Week 5: Life Saving Skills (CPR)
Week 6: Life Saving Skills (CPR and Standard First Aid)
Week 7: Physical Education
Week 8: Physical Education
Week 9: Sports Fitness
Week 10: Sports Nutrition
Course materials: Glencoe Health, Student Edition, 2006
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0078726549/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Weekly vocabulary, reading, CPR practice and quizzes. Expect to spend an hour
to 2 hours each week on homework outside of class lectures and review.

Geology, Part Two


This is a 2-part course. Students who wish to join us midyear should email to check
on prerequisites. It is highly recommended that students sign up for both semesters
of Geology.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Tuesdays January 10 to February 28, 2017
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Geology, Part One or equivalent
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade.
Suggested high school credit: 2/3 semester of Science or Geology.
Fee: $120.00 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $140 after July 15 for all 8 classes.
($160 after Jan. 2)

Instructor: Christine Hamilton Ph.D.


Course description: The purpose of this course is to offer an opportunity for
students to explore aspects of geology as it relates to the real world. Students will
be exposed to activities related to mineral/rock identification, plate tectonics,
oil/coal exploration, ground water quality, geologic history and mapping techniques
(semester 2).
Course outline:
Week 1: Topographic Maps and Aerial Photographs.
Introduction to Topographic Maps. Topographic Profiles and Vertical Exaggeration.
Analysis of the Ontario, California Topographic Map. Analysis of Your Topographic
Quadrangle Map. Aerial Photographs.
Week 2: Geologic Structures, Maps, and Block Diagrams.
Structural Geology. Block Diagrams. Analysis of a Geologic Map.
Week 3: Stream Processes, Landscapes, Mass Wastage, and Flood
Hazards.
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Stream Processes and Landscapes. Stream Processes and Landscapes Near Voltaire,
North Dakota. Stream Processes and Landscapes near Ennis, Montana. Rio Grande
River Meander Evolution. Stream Erosion and Mass Wastage at Niagara Falls. Flood
Hazard Mapping, Assessment, and Risk.
Week 4: Ground Water Processes, Resources, and Risks.
Caves and Karst Topography. Location and Movement of Ground Water in the
Floridian Limestone Aquifer. Land Subsidence Hazards Caused by Ground Water
Withdrawal. Home Septic Systems and Ground Water Contamination.
Week 5: Glacial Processes, Landforms, and Indicators of Climate Change.
Glacial Processes and Landforms. Glaciation in Wisconsin . Comparing Topographic
Profiles of Glaciated Valleys. Glacier National Park, Montana. Nisqually GlacierA
Global Thermometer?
Week 6: Dryland Landforms, Hazards, and Risks.
Eolian Processes, Dryland Landforms, and Desertification. Death Valley, California.
Dryland Lakes. Dryland Hazards and Risks in Nebraska's Sand Hills.
Week 7: Coastal Processes, Landforms, Hazards, and Risks.
Dynamic Natural Coastlines. Human Modification of Shorelines. The Threat of Rising
Seas.
Week 8: Earthquake Hazards and Human Risks.
Simulate Earthquake Hazards to Estimate Risks. Graphing Seismic Data and
Locating the Epicenter of an Earthquake. Analysis of Active Faults Using Aerial
Photographs. Determining Relative Motions Along the New Madrid Fault Zone.
Tracking Earthquake Hazards in Real Time and Assessing Their Impact.
Course materials: Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 6th Ed. We recommend
purchasing used to save money
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0130463337/catholictreas-20).

Homework: Students will be expected to read the assigned chapter(s), write the
vocabulary words, attend the live lecture, complete the weekly computer graded
quizzes and submit worksheets for grading. Approximately 2-3 hours/week.

Biology I, Part Two


This is a 2-part course. Students who wish to join us midyear should email to check on
prerequisites.
It is highly recommended, though not mandatory, students also register for LAB: Biology I,
Part Two (see below).
Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered twice. Choose the day/time that works best
for you.
Total classes: 14
Class dates:
Tuesdays, Tuesdays, January 10 to April 25. No classes January 24 for the March for Life
and April 11 for Holy Week.
Fridays, January 13 to April 28, 2017. No class Feb. 24 for midterm break and April 14 for
Good Friday.

Starting time:
Tuesdays: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
Fridays: 3:00 PM Eastern (2:00 Central; 1:00 Mountain; Noon Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes, plus an extra 15 - 20 minutes on LAB days
Prerequisite: Biology, Part One or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Biology or Science
Fee: $175.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 after Nov. 15 for all 14
classes. ($215 after Jan. 2)
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Instructor: Christine Hamilton, Ph.D.


Course description: Prepares the student for ACT/SAT biology. Students are expected to
take notes during class and ask questions. Notes will help with weekly quizzes, quizzes are
open book. This Biology class is a general overview of high school Biology presented from a
Catholic perspective. Students should have access to a microphone for the Q&A game at the
end of class, as time permits.
Course materials: Prentice Hall Biology ISBN-13: 978-0131663551 or ISBN-10: 0131662554
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131662554/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Weekly vocabulary, reading, and quizzes. Approximately 1 to 2 hours per week.

LAB for Biology I, Part Two


You must be registered in Biology I, Part Two in order to register for the LAB component.
There is no meeting time for LAB. It is added to the Biology I course.
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Biology I, Part Two
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Fee: $30 on or before November 15, 2016; $40 after Nov. 15. ($60 after Jan. 2)
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Biology with Lab.
Instructor: Christine Hamilton, Ph.D.
Course description: There will be 6 labs that are explicitly aligned with the Biology Part 2
classes. NOTE: ALL LABS FOR BIOLOGY PART TWO WILL BE DISSECTION. If the student is in
any way uncomfortable with hands on animal dissection, they should opt out of this Lab.
Course materials and technology: Student Dissection Kit. http://www.amazon.com/TheScience-Shop%C2%AE-Student-Dissection/dp/B001ELQ6U2/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?
ie=UTF8&qid=1426466862&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=high+school+dissection+animals Eye
Dissection Kit http://www.amazon.com/Young-Scientists-Eye-DissectionKit/dp/B007XE93LI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426467183&sr=8-1&keywords=cow+eye
Access to a printer and scanner. Webcam, microphone and headset for students to engage in
live labs.

Anatomy & Physiology, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite. Email us if you are unsure.
Total classes: 14
Class dates: Wednesdays, January 11 to April 19, 2017. No class March 1 for Ash
Wednesday or April 12 for Holy Week.
Starting time: 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
Duration: 60 to 75 minutes
Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology, Part One or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: One full semester of Anatomy & Physiology or
Science
Fee: $195 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $215 after July 15 for all 14 classes.
($235 after Jan. 3)

Instructor: Christine Hamilton Ph. D.


Course description: High school level in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology
with dissection. Complete study of the basic principles of the human biology and its
functions. Where appropriate, discussion of contemporary bioethical issues from the
perspective of the Churchs moral magisterium will be engaged. The lab component will
focus in depth on the organ systems of the body, their anatomy and physiology. These
include the sensory, motor and integrative systems, special organs of sense, endocrine,
cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, urinary, digestive, reproductive systems, as well as
embryonic and fetal development. A special emphasis will be placed on the human identity
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and status of the embryo and fetus, incorporating a scientifically sound pro-life apologetics
approach for students to take with them into their college and graduate level clinical
training.

Course outline:
Introduction to Anatomy
Cells
Tissues
Skeletal
Muscular
Nervous
Senses
Endocrine
Blood
Circulatory
Digestive
Respiratory
Urinary
Reproductive
Course materials: Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Tenth edition. Can
be found inexpensively used.
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0077221354/catholictreas-20)
Homework: Weekly vocabulary, reading and quizzes. 2-4 hours/week. Students are

expected to read the assigned chapter or chapters and write their vocabulary words
to prepare for the live lecture and computer graded weekly quizzes. Live labs will
enhance the organ and sensory learning experience.

Physics I, Part Two


Note: This is a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us mid year (email us if you are
unsure if you meet the prerequisite).
Total classes: 14

Class dates: Thursdays, January 12 to April 20, 2017. No class April 13 for Easter
Break.
Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)
Duration: 75 minutes
Prerequisite: Physics, Part One or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 10th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Science or Physics I
Fee: $200 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $225 after July 15 for all 14 classes.
($245 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: Thomas Frederick, MS
Course description: This 14-week course is the first course in a two course series in
introductory Physics concepts. The title of conceptual means we will not rely too heavily
on advanced mathematical calculations. Instead, we will stick to principles, overarching
concepts, and major theories and how they apply to our everyday lives. Students will have
live instruction once a week. And frequent online interactives and simulations that will
assist them in understanding and applying knowledge. Topics covered will build on concepts
learned in Conceptual Physics Part I and will include: Circular Motion, Stability & Center of
Gravity, Rotational Mechanics, Einsteins Theory of Relativity, Temperature & Heat Transfer,
Waves, Sound & Light, Electrostatics, Electricity, and Electric Circuits. The course is a survey
of topics in physics with the goal of leading toward further study (Advanced Placement or
College Physics). Students will build in their natural intuitionand break some commonly
held misconceptions. Students will learn how the cosmos that God created works and apply

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the laws of physics to every day examples in their lives. Students will learn that physics is
phun!
Course materials: Conceptual Physics Paul Hewitt (2006) ISBN: 0-13-166301-1.
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131663011/catholictreas-20). We suggest buying
used to save considerable money.
Homework: Weekly reading from the textbook as well as online resources will be assigned.
Homework questions will be assigned from the textbook along with solutions for students to
self-check progress. Students will also be assigned interactive online activities that will help
them to better understand and apply concepts learned in class. Each unit will have a quiz or
test at the end, which will be graded by the instructor.

Chemistry I, Part Two


This is a 2-part course. Students who wish to join us midyear should email to check
on prerequisites.
It is highly suggested, though not mandatory, that students also register for
Chemistry I -Lab, Part Two.
Total classes: 40
Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 3 to May 25, 2017. Easter break will
be April 10 -17.
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes)
Prerequisite: Algebra I, previous or concurrent (Available Live or through Unlimited
Access); a Middle School Physical Science is helpful.
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Chemistry or Science
Fee: $250 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $275 after Nov. 15 for all
40 classes. ($295 after Dec. 26)
Instructor: KathyDutton
Course description: We will be studying God's creation at the atomic level and
discovering how marvelous it is. This college-prep chemistry course, over both
semesters, will cover a wide range of topics including: Structure of Matter, States of
Matter, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Equilibrium, and Thermochemistry. We
will also consider how Chemistry is important in our day-to-day life.
Course outline: Please email Mrs. Dutton at kathys.chemistry@gmail.com for the
full outline or to ask questions about the course.
Course materials and technology:
1. Text: Chemistry, Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman (Prentice Hall, 2008) ISBN:
0-13-251210-6. We recommend buying used.
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0132512106/catholictreas-20)
2. Calculator
3. A word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and a spreadsheet with
graphing capabilities program (such as Microsoft Excel)
4. Access to a scanner with PDF capabilities
Homework: Approximately 3 - 4 hours outside of class on homework and tests.
Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer questions during scheduled office hours or
via the class discussion (forum).Mrs.Dutton will grade all completed assignments
and tests and give an overall grade for this course.

Chemistry I - Lab, Part Two


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You must be registered in Chemistry I, Part Two in order to register for the
lab component.
All labs will have a pre-recorded video (found on the class page) with an
introduction to the lab, a demonstration, and a guidance through the lab report.
Labs will be touched on in during class.
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Chemistry I, Part Two
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Chemistry Plus Lab
Fee: $50 on or before November 15, 2016; $55 after Nov. 15 for all 10 labs. ($75
after Dec. 26)
Instructor: Mrs.KathyDutton
Course description: We will do approximately 10 labs covering topics such as
Enthalpy of Ice, Freezing Point Depression, Analysis of a Hydrate, Mole Ratios and
various types of reactions including Reversible Reactions, Decomposition Reactions,
Double Replacement Reactions, Acid-Base Reactions, and Redox Reactions. As
closely as possible, the topics covered in the lab will correlate with and support
what we are discussing in class.
Course outline: Please email Mrs. Dutton at kathys.chemistry@gmail.com for the
full outline or to ask questions about the course.
Course materials and technology:
1. To be announced. The kit will be from Quality Scientific Labs. We are currently
working on a kit specifically designed for this course. The anticipated cost will be
between $150 and $200. This kit will contain all the materials needed (except some
household supplies) for both semesters of lab.
2. Calculator.
3. A word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and a spreadsheet with
graphing capabilities program (such as Microsoft Excel).
4. Access to a scanner with PDF capabilities.
Homework: Time required to complete each lab should average to about 2 hours,
some will take more and others will take less time. Also, there will be weeks with
little or no lab work. Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer questions during
scheduled office hours or via the class discussion (forum). Mrs. Dutton will grade all
completed labs and give an overall grade for this course.

Spanish

Spanish I, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear if they
have the prerequisite and there is room.
Total classes: 12, plus 18 recorded lectures
Class dates: Thursdays, January 12 to April 6, 2017. No class Feb. 23 for midterm
break.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
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Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Spanish I, Part One or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: One full semester Spanish or Foreign Language
Fee: $225 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $250 after Nov. 15 for all
12 classes and 18 recorded lectures. ($270 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: Irma Luz M. Schmitt, M.A.
Course description: In this course the student will learn the meaning, pronunciation and

spelling of common vocabulary and basic Spanish grammar. This course covers the basics of
Spanish as a Second Language. Part Two of the course introduces the student to the conjugation
of regular verbs in present tense and the conjugation and usage of some irregular verbs like ser,
estar, ir, venir, tener, gustar, etc. The student continues to write conversations that integrate the
usage of verbs in the present tense. By the end of part I, the student will be able to write and
speak simple conversations in Spanish.
Through repetition and memorization of common phrases as well as by
watching videos, listening to recordings and playing games, the student will learn
and practice new vocabulary and basic grammar.
During the week prior to each class, the student will be required to watch a
video of Spanish grammar. During the live class, students will interact with the
teacher and each other to practice what they learned in the video and have the
opportunity to ask questions.
Every other week, the students will be asked to watch a video of Spanish
pronunciation. They will learn and practice how to pronounce a specific sound in
Spanish in each class and will be asked to practice a list of words and record them.
During the next live class, the pronunciation of these words will be reviewed.
Course outline (week by week):
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Ser and comparatives


Estar and Location
Ser vs. Estar
Tener
Possessive Adjectives
Ir
Venir
Regular conjugation of -ar verbs
Regular conjugation of er, -ir verbs
Gustar
Interrogative Words Review

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12 Verbs Review
Course materials: Spanish Middle / High School (Skills for Success), ISBN
#088724758X (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/088724758X/catholictreas-20)
Homework: Practice is very important to learn a new language. Before each class,
students are required to watch videos and PowerPoint presentations, listen to
audios, complete workbook pages, memorize phrases and complete any other
assignments posted on the course page for that week in order to be ready to
participate in the live class. Students should assign at least one hour every day to
practice their Spanish.

Spanish II, Part Two


This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students may join us midyear if they meet the
prerequisite. Email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com if you need help
determining prerequisites.
Total classes: 12, plus 18 prerecorded lectures
Class dates: Thursdays, January 12 to April 6, 2017. No class Feb. 23 for midterm
break.
Starting time: 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Spanish II, Part One or equivalent
Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: One full semester Spanish or Foreign Language
Fee: $225 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $250 after Nov. 16 for all
12 classes and 18 recorded lectures. ($275 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: Irma Luz M. Schmitt, M.A.
Course description: In this course, the students will delve into Spanish grammar
and learn the conjugation of irregular verbs in the present tense, the conjugation of
verbs in the past tense and some common grammar structures. Every week a list of
new vocabulary will be introduced and practiced as well.

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Through repetition and memorization of common phrases as well as by


watching videos, listening to recordings and playing games, the student will learn
and practice new vocabulary and basic grammar.
During the week prior to each class, the student will be required to watch a
video of Spanish grammar. During the live class, students will interact with the
teacher and each other to practice what they learned in the video and have the
opportunity to ask questions.
Every other week, the students will be asked to watch a video of Spanish
pronunciation. They will learn and practice how to pronounce a specific sound in
Spanish in each class and will be asked to practice a list of words and record them.
During the next live class, the pronunciation of these words will be reviewed.
Course outline (week by week):
1

Direct Object and A Personal

Direct Object Pronouns

Indirect Object Pronoun

Prepositional Pronouns

Gustar and similar verbs

T commands

Negative T Commands

Irregular T commands

Past Tense of regular verbs

10 Past Tense of ir and ser


11 Past Tense of car and gar verbs
12 General review
Course materials: Exercises in Spanish Grammar, Book 1, HS701R. We
recommend purchasing early and used to get the best price.
(www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0883139715/catholictreas-20)

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Homework: Practice is very important to learn a new language. Before each class,
students are required to watch videos and PowerPoint presentations, listen to
audios, complete workbook pages, memorize phrases and complete any other
assignments posted on the course page for that week in order to be ready to
participate in the live class. Students should assign at least one hour every day to
practice their Spanish.

Speech and Communications

Leadership and Interpersonal Communication


This is not a Part Two course. It is offered twice in the school year due to its popularity.
Total classes: 6
Class dates: Fridays, February 10 to March 17, 2017.
Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th
High school credit: semester Communications or Life Skills
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Fee: $97 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $117 after Nov. 15 for all 6
classes. ($137 after Feb. 8)
Course description: This course teaches foundational and critical leadership and
communication skills, including self-management practices for becoming a person of
positive influence.
Course outline:
Class 1: The skills of leadership: What it takes to be a leader, servant leadership, and
transformational leadership
Class 2: Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
Class 3: Conflict Management and Leadership
Class 4: Active listening, empathy, and wise decision making for leadership
Class 5: Personal speaking skills: voice, body language, and connecting with your listener
Class 6: Faith-filled leadership: The actions of leadership
Course materials: All course materials are provided FREE online from the instructor.

Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 2 to 4 hours of work per


class, depending upon your students skill level, of reading, short writing
assignments, and automated quizzes. Final grade issued by the instructor.

Speech and Communications


Total classes: 12
Class dates: Wednesdays, January 11 to April 5, 2017. No class March 1 for Ash
Wednesday
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester credit Speech or Communications
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 if you register after
Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 3)
Instructor: Kevin OBrien
Course description: Effective communications and good public speaking begins
with an understanding of rhetoric - how a good argument is developed, how a good
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speech is structured, and how spoken communication differs from written


communication. In this course, we will examine the greatest speeches of the
greatest orators in history, analyzing what they wrote and (when audio or video of
their speeches exist) their style of delivery. And while Speech and Communications
is essential to success in the business world, it is also essential for understanding
and presenting arguments in support of the Catholic Faith, or even for persuading
others of anything that's important to you. The goal of this course, then, is twofold to learn to appreciate and analyze good verbal rhetoric, and to apply what we've
learned to come up with our own short speeches that are engaging, entertaining
and effective.
Course outline:
1. Introduction and Overview
2. The Great Orators of Greece and Rome
3. Public Speeches as Recounted in Scripture - The Prophets of the Old Testament and the
Apostles of the New Testament
4. The Rhetorical Structure and Dramatic Effect of Speeches in Shakespeare (selections
from Julius Caesar, Henry V, and Macbeth)
5. Religious Persuasion through the Ages - The Sermon on the Mount, Jonathan Edwards and
the Puritans, Bishop Fulton Sheen
6. Speeches by Students - Delivered and Critiqued during Class
7. Speeches by Students - Delivered and Critiqued during Class
8. Great Political Speeches of the 18th and 19th Centuries - Patrick Henry, Jefferson,
Wilbeforce, Lincoln
9. Great Political Speeches of the 20th Century Part II - JFK, Martin Luther King, Ronald
Reagan
10. The Use of Humor and Oratory for American Pop Culture - Mark Twain, Will Rogers, etc.
11. Speeches by Students - Delivered and Critiqued during Class
12. Speeches by Students - Delivered and Critiqued during Class

Course materials: Will be provided by the instructor in the form of PDFs and
eBooks; videos and audio recordings of speeches will be reviewed during class time.
Homework: Weekly reading. Each student will be required to write two short speeches (no
longer than five minutes each), with outlines to be approved by the instructor at least two
weeks before the speech is to be presented. Graded by the instructor. Expect about two
hours of homework per week.

Test Prep

ACT/SAT Science Prep


Total classes: 8
Class dates: Wednesdays January 11 to March 8, 2017, No class March 1 for Ash
Wednesday.
Starting time: 11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of high school science minimum.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Fee: $80.00 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $90 after Nov. 15 for all 8
classes. ($110 after Jan. 3)

Instructor: Christine Hamilton Ph.D.


Course description: In this course students will work on understanding test
questions, strategizing skills, study habits, and practice tests. Students will be
prepared for the Science portion of the ACT. The SAT itself does not include science.
However, students can choose subject tests through the SAT to show proficiency in
specific subjects, including science. Students planning on a science-related career
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should seriously consider the SAT subject tests. For students planning on taking the
ACT, the science section includes a wide range of science content and tests
scientific skill more than specific knowledge. It measures the interpretation,
analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural
sciences. Whether you choose the SAT subject tests or the ACT, this course will help
you be more successful.
Course outline:
1. What to expect.
2. Date Representation
3. Conflicting viewpoints
4. Research Summaries
5. Manage Your Time
6. Test Taking Strategies
7. Practice Tests
8. Checklist
Course materials: Pencils, paper, a composition book.
Homework: Read and complete worksheets. 1-2 hours/week.

Theology

Middle School Catechesis: The Baltimore Catechism (Part


2: The Commandments) *New
Students are welcome to join us midyear. There is no prerequisite for this course.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Fridays, January 13 to March 3, 2017
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: 2/3 semester Religion or Catechism. Combine with another
religion course for a full credit (live or Unlimited Access)
Fee: $120 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $140 after Nov. 15 for all
8 classes. ($160 after Jan. 5)
Instructor: Gary Michuta
Course description: This course is a great way to learn the basics of the Faith. The
Baltimore Catechism is broken into three parts. Part 12 studies the Commandments.
The basic structure of the course follows the time-honored Baltimore Catechism and
supplemented by new Catechism of the Catholic Faith.
Course outline:
Class 1 - The Two Great Commandments
Class 2 - The First Commandment of God
Class 3 - Honoring the Saints, Relics, and Images
Class 4 - The Second and Third Commandments of God
Class 5 - The Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Commandments of God
Class 6 - The Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Commandments of God
Class 7 - The Commandments of the Church; The First and Second Commandments
Class 8 - The Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Commandments of the Church
Course materials: Required, The Baltimore Catechism (available free online).

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Homework: Lessons will include an online quiz to help reinforce key ideas in each
lesson. The quizzes generally are ten multiple-choice questions. There will also be a
final exam to review material from the semester. Quizzes and the exam are
automatically graded by the computer so that students have immediate feedback.
Parents give the final grade.

Middle School Beginning Apologetics


Formerly: Middle School Beginning Apologetics I and II
This is a repeat of the fall semester course and NOT a Part Two course.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Wednesdays, January 11 to April 5, 2017. No class March 1 for Ash Wednesday.
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: No prerequisites
Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: One full semester Apologetics or Religion
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 after Nov. 15 for all
12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 3)
Instructor: Gary Michuta
Course description: This course will provide the first steps into the field of
apologetics. The students will learn how to spot faulty arguments, how to find
important passages in the Bible, and the basic steps on how to defend the Faith.
Course outline:
Class 1: Basics On How to Explain and Defend the Faith
Class 2: Bible Basics: What is the Bible? What it is, how its structured, where to find
things.
Class 3: Using Catholic Resources / Apologetic Research
Class 4: Learning Proof texts: Salvation / Answering Objections
Class 5: Learning Proof texts: Peter and the Papacy / Answering Objections
Class 6: Learning Proof texts: The Eucharist / Answering Objections
Class 7: Learning Proof texts: Mary
Class 8: What are the Early Church Fathers?
Class 9: More Logical Fallacies
Class 10: What is Propaganda?
Class 11: Answering Common Objections
Class 12: Using the Web in Apologetic Research
Course materials: Provided free from the instructor. An optional reading list will
also be provided for students (and parents!) who want to learn more. Students need
to make sure they have a working microphone.
Homework: Each class will have a multi-choice quiz. There will also be a final exam
to review material from the semester. Quizzes and the exam are automatically
graded by the computer so that students have immediate feedback. Students will
be encouraged to review the material and practice the responses. Parents assign
the final grade.

Discovering Your Authentic Beauty & Making Life Full and


Fun for Middle School Girls *New
Total classes: 6
Class dates: Mondays, January 9 to February 13, 2017
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Starting time: 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; 12 noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 7th to 9th grade
Suggested credit: semester Theology
Fee: $99 on or before November 15, 2016; $109 after November 15 for all 6
classes. ($129 after January 1, 2017.)
Instructor: Lisa Mladinich
Course description: This is an introduction to the rich teachings of the Catholic
Church on beauty and femininity, for girls 7 th to 9th grade. In a culture that degrades
femininity and causes painful confusion for girls about beauty, aging, and body
image, the Catholic understanding of beauty is truly a Godsend. Based on the
instructor's best-selling book, "True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of
Life," girls will come to understand their own beauty and worth in the eyes of God,
as well as the importance of cultivating virtue, healthy friendships, and an intimate
connection with Jesus in their souls.
Course outline:
Class 1: BEAUTY What beauty looks like for you; what it is to be a young woman of
beauty; why beauty is more than skin deep; the beauty of your actions; thinking
clearly and confidently; family support
Class 2: FEMININITY Teen life and femininity; how Catholic ideas about femininity
help us to be happy; what femininity means to you; finding your strengths; how
your healthy femininity can help change the world!
Class 3: MODESTY Gods image of us; images of modesty in our favorite media;
modesty in the way we look, act, and speak; virtues that make us strong women of
faith; ways to make fashion fun and modest
Class 4: FRIENDSHIPS How to be a great friend; friendships in literature and media;
friendships in the Bible and among the saints--and what they can teach us;
friendship struggles and how to overcome them
Class 5: MERCY The role of the Church in my life; prayer and why it's important to
me; forgiving others vs. holding grudges; what we need to know about forgiveness;
how prayer changes us and changes others
Class 6: VOCATIONS What its like to be a leader; serving others through prayer
and healthy relationships; the best way to think about learning; listening to God;
beauty and my own uniqueness; reaching for and respecting our (and others)
hopes and dreams
Course materials: Provided free by instructor, includes excerpts from "True
Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life," lives of the saints, documents of
the Church, and other relevant resources.
Homework: Weekly readings and assignments, with grading and direct feedback
from the instructor, with an estimated one to two hours per week for homework
outside of class time.

True Radiance! Discovering Your Authentic Beauty as a


Young Woman *New
Total classes: 6
Class dates: Mondays, February 20 to March 27, 2017
Starting time: 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; 12 noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
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Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade


Suggested credit: semester Theology
Fee: $99 on or before November 15, 2016; $109 after November 15 for all 6
classes. ($129 after February 12, 2017.)
Instructor: Lisa Mladinich
Course description: This course is an introduction to the rich teachings of the
Catholic Church on beauty and femininity for girls in high school. In a culture that
often degrades femininity and causes confusion for girls about true beauty, a
healthy body image, and a positive process of maturing, the Catholic understanding
of beauty is truly a Godsend. Based on the instructor's best-selling book, True
Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life, the students will come to
understand their own beauty and worth in the eyes of God, as well as the
importance of cultivating virtue, healthy friendships, and an intimate connection
with Jesus in their souls.
Course outline:
Class 1: TRUE BEAUTY How the Church defines beauty; how beauty helps us
access the intangibles of God; how God speaks through beauty; reasons that girls
and women are so attuned to beauty; some of the falsehoods of our culture
concerning beautyand how to resist them
Class 2: TRUE FEMININITY How Catholicism treasures femininity; the Blessed
Mother as a role model; the feminine genius; feminine strengths and weaknesses;
combating sin through cultivating virtue; what femininity means to you
Class 3: HEALTHY MODESTY An overview of the theology of the body; our
inherent dignity as daughters of God; modesty as a sign of goodness; honoring and
protecting what is sacred; reverencing the gift of life; the connection between purity
and love; becoming a savvy consumer of media; ways to be stylish and modest at
the same time
Class 4: HEALTHY FRIENDSHIPS The purpose of friendships; self-donation as a
core ideal; virtuous friendships; how to be a friend and how to have wonderful
friendships that last a lifetime; friendships with the saints and Holy Souls; cultural
pressures on friendship
Class 5: LIVING OUT MERCY True freedom through the gift of mercy; living a
lifestyle of forgiveness and acceptance; the healing power of the Eucharist and
Reconciliation; preparing our souls for heaven; prayer commitments that bear
lasting fruit sacrifice as a pathway to joy
Class 6: OUR CALLING, OUR VOCATIONS Changing the world by keeping our
eyes on heaven; praying for our future companions (spouses, friends, colleagues,
sisters in religious life); taking leadership roles; diligence in education; seeking ways
to serve; reverence in worship and prayer; Sacred Scripture and a Lexio Divina
outlook; understanding the importance of God's individual call to our hearts; respect
for the vocations of others
Course materials: All materials are provided by the instructor; materials include
excerpts from the instructors book; materials on the lives of the saints; documents
of the Church; and other relevant resources.
Homework: Weekly readings and assignments, with grading and direct feedback
from the instructor, with an estimated one to two hours per week for homework
outside of class time.

Angels and Demons *New


This course is limited to 20 students.
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Total classes: 12
Class dates: Mondays, January 9 to April 3, 2017. No class January 23 for March
for Life.
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade.
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Theology
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 after Nov. 15 for all
12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 1)
Instructor: Robert F. Gotcher, Ph.D.
Course Description: Scripture and Church tradition confirms the existence and
importance of angels and demons. Theologians, especially St. Thomas Aquinas, the
Angelic Doctor, have elaborated and systematized what we know about these
spiritual creatures. This course will look at what we know about angels and demons,
how we interact with them and they with us, and the important role both angels and
demons play in our salvation.
Course materials: TBD
Homework: Weekly Quiz. A 3 to 5 page paper on a topic taken from a list provided
by the instructor. Paper is graded and commented on by the instructor.

An Introduction to the Catholic Faith: The Didache, Part


Two *New
This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if they
meet the prerequisite.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Mondays. January 16 to April 24, 2017. No class on Jan. 23 for the
March for Life or Apr. 17 for Easter.
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: An Introduction to the Catholic Faith, Part One or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Theology
Fee: $175 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $195 after Nov. 15 for all
12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 8)
Instructor: Christopher Zehnder, MA
Course description: This class would explore basic Catholic doctrines about God
and Christ, following the Nicene Creed. It would discuss the call to holiness, God's
existence, divine revelation, the Trinity, man's creation, original sin, the Incarnation,
the Paschal Mystery, the Holy Spirit and his work, and the Church, and the
Resurrection of the Body.
Course materials: Introduction to Catholicism, by the Rev. James Socias; part of
the Didache series published by the Midwest Theological Forum and Ignatius Press
(http://tinyurl.com/didachehsc1).
Homework: Students read assigned portions of the text, Introduction to
Catholicism. Student will have two tests each semester, graded by the instructor.

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Is the New Testament Reliable? Exploring Its Authenticity,


Integrity, and Veracity (Christian Apologetics) *New
Total classes: 7
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to February 21, 2017.
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Introduction to Apologetics (available through Unlimited Access), or
equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: semester Apologetics or Theology. For a full
credit, add another theology course or add the optional reading list provided by the
instructor.
Fee: $105 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $125 after Nov. 15 for all
7 classes. ($145 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Gary Michuta
Course description: This is an exploration in the realm of Christian apologetics,
specifically establishing the authenticity, integrity, and veracity of the Gospels.
Students will learn the basics of why our information about Jesus is sound and how
to answer basic objections.
Course outline:
Class 1: What are the Gospels compared to other ancient works?
Class 2: Did the writers of the events know the subject they recorded?
Class 3: Who wrote the four Gospels? (Authenticity)
Class 4: When were the Gospels written?
Class 5: Are our copies of the Gospels accurate?
Class 6: Could the Gospel authors have lied?
Class 7: External evidence for the Gospels / Answering common objections
Course materials: Highly recommended (but not required): The Case for Jesus:
The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ (Brant Pitre), Is the New Testament
Reliable? by Paul Barnett.
Homework: Each class will have a multi-choice quiz. There will also be a final exam
to review material from the semester. Quizzes and the exam are automatically
graded by the computer so that students have immediate feedback. Parents give
the final grade.Students will be encouraged to review the material and practice the
responses.

Introduction to the "New Atheism" (Theistic Apologetics)


*New
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Tuesdays, February 28 to April 25, 2017. No class April 11 for Easter
Break.
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: This is a higher-level course. Students should be very familiar with
apologetics in general before taking it. They should have successfully completed at
least one high school level apologetics class or a high school philosophy course.
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade.

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Suggested high school credit: semester Apologetics or Theology. For a full


credit, add another theology course or add the optional reading list provided by the
instructor.
Fee: $120 if you register on or before November 15, 2015. $140 after Nov. 15 for all
8 classes. ($160 after Feb. 20)
Instructor: Gary Michuta
Course description: The advent of the "New Atheism" has unleashed a new
virulent form of atheism in Western society. Students will learn what are the
methods of propagation "new atheists" use and why they arguments ultimately fail.
Course outline:
Class 1: Atheism and the "New Atheists"
Class 2: Exploring the "Celestial Teapot" "God of the Gaps"
Class 3: Problems with Dawkins
Class 4: Problems with Harris
Class 5: Scientism and the "New Atheism"
Class 6: Morality and Immorality
Class 7: The new atheists and the twisting of history
Class 8: Missing the Forest Through the Trees: How the New Atheists Play on
Ignorance
Course materials: Required: Illogical Atheist: A Comprehensive Response to the
Contemporary 'Freethinker' from a Lapsed Agnostic by Bo Jinn (Sattaw, 2013). The
book is only available on Kindle (a free reading app is available from Amazon.com),
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00D19LIVW/catholictreas-20
Homework: Students are expected to read selected sections form Illogical Atheist.
We will be discussing various sections from the book in class. There will also be a
final exam to review material from the semester. Quizzes and the exam are
automatically graded by the computer so that students have immediate feedback.
Students are encouraged to discuss course content with parents. Parents give the
final grade.

Moral Theology: How Shall I Live? (Living Our Faith Series)


Total classes: 12
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 18, 2017. No classes January 24 for the
March for Life, March 14 for Spring Break, and April 11 for Holy Week.
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
High school credit: 1 full semester Theology
Fee: $175 if you register on or before July 15, 2016. $195 if you register after July
15 for all 12 classes. ($215 after Jan. 2)
Course Instructor: Miss Ashour, MTS; M Hum
Course Rationale: Every human person is called to the perfection of charity
(cf. LG #40). This vocation has been revealed through Jesus Christ and can be
accomplished only in and with Jesus Christ, whose Paschal Mystery is made present
in the Churchs liturgythe great work in which God is perfectly glorified and men
are sanctified (SC #7). To further mans sanctification, the Second Vatican Council
has asked that . . . special care should be given to the perfecting of moral theology.
Its scientific presentation should draw more fully on the teaching of Holy Scripture
and should throw light upon the exalted vocation of the faith in Christ and their
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obligation to bring forth fruit in charity for the life of the world (OT #16). Therefore,
this course will attempt to focus upon the moral life, first of all, within the context of
mans vocation in Christ, the model of holiness, who took the form of a slave,
emptied himself, and learned obedience through suffering; secondly, within the
context of mans natural endowments, his capacity for virtue; and finally, within the
context of charity as the form of the virtues and the goal of all mans strivings since
God is love (1Jn 4:8). The course will investigate concretely those challenges to
the Catholic Churchs teachings and respond with solid, pastoral answers. Caveat:
Coursework subject to change based on the discretion of the online instructors
assessment.
Course Goal: Each student, having been challenged intellectually with various
doctrinal teachings, will be challenged to be open to ongoing conversion so as to
offer himself along with Jesus, the Sacrificial Victim, to the Father in the love of the
Holy Spirit both now and for all eternity. Concretely, this will manifest itself in life in
Christ through virtuous living and a deeper understanding of and participation in the
Liturgy, opening the student to receive and give love.
Course Reading: The reading assignments give the student the flavor of the
Churchs understanding of moral theology and life in Christ; rarely will we discuss
the reading assignments. Rather, I give the readings to help the students bolster
their understanding of what we are learning in class, as well as giving students good
resources for their own growth. Quizzes will not be based on readings but on the
power points with Miss Ashours incarnational diagrams which make accessible
heady concepts. For the first days class: please read the required reading from the
Bible.
Required Reading:
1. The BibleMatthew 5 (The Beatitudes) and all of the book of Romans
2. The Catechism of the Catholic Church #s 1691-2557 (Read 67 paragraphs a
week, that is 8 a night; this is quite a bit of reading so the student needs to be
diligent)
3. The Documents of Vatican II, especially Gaudium et Spes #s 1-52 (4
paragraphs a week)
4. Veritatis Splendor (Pope John Pauls encyclical on moralityThis is hard reading
so some will be discussed in class)
5. The short essay The Weight of Glory in the longer collection with the same
name: The Weight of Glory and short essay Man or Rabbit, both by CS Lewis.
All available online free.
Optional Reading for those who want to earn extra credit:
1. Hayes, Hayes, Kelly, & Drummeys Catholicism and Ethics: A Medical/Moral
Handbook, C.R. Publications, Inc.,
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0964908786/catholictreas-20 (and for those
interestedLeaders/Catechists Manual of the same name and publisher).
2. Peter Kreefts Snakebite Letters, Ignatius Press,
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898707218/catholictreas-20.
Coursework:
Weekly Online Computer-graded Quizzes (Be finished before the start of the
next class) (25%)
Major Project (Grading Rubric will be posted) (25%) A fun, creative outlet to
show learning!

Major Grade of Weekly Reflections (Minimum-1 page; Maximum-2 pages The


student is to reflect on diagrams and learning in class and write an informal
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reflection. It needs to be uploaded on Moodle before 5am Eastern time Tuesday


mornings) (30%)

Assigned Reading (Honor policyEvery week, upload to Moodle the Reading


Completion Document. PLEASE do not be scrupulous. Read for 30 minutes a day or
2 hours a week and give yourself a 100! Or, if you really did not keep up with it,
then see rubric and give yourself the appropriate grade (20%).

Extra CreditParent must write an email saying, My son/daughter (FULL


NAME) has read Hayes, Hayes, Kelly, & Drummeys, and Dr. Kreefts book. (2 points
per book added to final grade).
Time Commitment to Study: A minimum of 2 1/2 hours a week (30 minutes a
day) for reading, study, doing quizzes, working on and completing the project, and
writing the weekly reflection.

Going off to College: Keeping your Faith and Vocation


(Living Your Faith Series)
To help students as they leave their parents' home and head into the world,
Homeschool Connections is offering this course free of charge to graduating
seniors.
Required Permission form signed by Parents: Due to a few pages of the book
being of a sensitive nature (such as pornography, gender identity, contraception,
etc.), Miss Ashour will require parents sign a document, giving permission to their
graduating senior to hear this important information so as to prepare them for the
onslaught of wrong ideas they may encounter in college. Parents may email Miss
Ashour to ask questions about this course at mashour@tobet.org since parts of it
are adult subject matter, but very necessary given this culture which produces
things like Fifty Shades of Grey.
This course will not be available as part of Unlimited Access.
Total classes: 12
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 10 to April 18, 2017. No classes January 24 for the
March for Life, March 14 Spring Break, and April 11 for Holy Week.
Starting time: 1:30 PM Eastern (12:30 Central; 11:30 Mountain; 10:30 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: None
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Monica Ashour, MTS, MHum
Suggested grade level: 12th grade
High school credit: 1 full semester credit Theology
Course Rationale: In what Pope Francis has called a throw-away culture which
considers commitment as an infringement against freedom, Saint John Pauls
Theology of the Body opens up for us the truth that the gift of freedom is for
committed love through either the vocation of marriage or continence for the
Kingdom.
Although a graduating senior is not ready to take vows in marriage or the
priesthood/religious life yet, it is imperativeespecially given the current culture
for homeschool students to understand the breadth and depth of Gods vision of
sexuality, as it is lived out in vowed life. St. John Paul says that the one seeking to
make vows in consecrated life is to live out the spousal meaning of the body in its
fullness, not in suppressing sexuality but in living it in a different way. So, too, is the
married person to live the spousal meaning of the body spoken in truth.

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Before making such a commitment, one is to have self-understanding, selfdetermination based on being a body-person (a solitude) before he or she is
ready to take a vow (union). One also needs to understand the vocation to which
he or she is being called, as well as understanding the truth of committed love.
Both vocations of Matrimony and continence for the Kingdom mirror and clarify the
other; further, both reveal the Gospel itself and Gods inner life of love. Thus, it is
essential for students to understand vocations, especially regarding ones own body
and sexuality, countering the culture where gender theory and promiscuity
dominate. This course will give a beautiful rendering of the Sacrament of Matrimony
in particular. It is vital that homeschool students see the whys behind the whats
in a deeper, logical way before they head to college which often de-construct the
truth and meaning of love.
Course Description:
This 12-week course will follow Monica Ashours book, Theology of the Body
Marriage Preparation, by covering an overview of Gods plan for marriage. Although
this book was written for young adults who are contemplating marriage, it reaches
the mature high school student, preparing him or her not only to fight against
secularist messages, but it equips him or her to work toward the goal of marriage or
celibacy for the Kingdom. Because of some of the material covered is of a sensitive
nature, parents should preview the book. This course is recommended for older,
mature teens.
In following the guidelines of The Pontifical Council for the Familys document, The
Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, this course addresses difficult issues that
students will encounter in college such as cohabitation, pornography, distorted
understandings of sexuality. Thus, students will be equipped with the beautiful
vision of vocations so they can remain true to Catholicisms mosaic of truth and
love, giving them a solid foundation for later taking vows. Miss Ashour is basing
much of this material on the experiences that her own homeschooled nieces and
nephews have encountered (and are encountering now) in their college career.
Coursework:
Weekly Online Computer-graded Quizzes (Be finished before the start of the
next class) (25%)
Major Project (Grading Rubric will be posted) (25%) A fun, creative outlet to
show learning!

Major Grade of Weekly Reflections (Minimum-1 page; Maximum-2 pages The


student is to reflect on diagrams and learning in class and write an informal
reflection. It needs to be uploaded on Moodle before 5am Eastern time Tuesday
mornings) (30%)

Assigned Reading (Honor policyEvery week, upload to Moodle the Reading


Completion Document. PLEASE do not be scrupulous. Read for 30 minutes a day or
2 hours a week and give yourself a 100! Or, if you really did not keep up with it,
then see rubric and give yourself the appropriate grade (20%).
Extra CreditParent must write an email saying, My son/daughter (FULL
NAME) has read and discussed with me Dr. Edward Sris Men and Women and the
Mystery of Love.
Time Commitment to Study: In addition to participating in the weekly class
meeting, Students should expect a minimum of 2 1/2 hours per week (30 minutes a
day) for reading, study, doing quizzes, working on and completing the project, and
writing the weekly reflection.

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Course Reading: The reading assignments give students an understanding of their


identity, the vocation of marriage, the truth and meaning of sex and of the sexes,
and insights into forming children. For the first days class: please read the required
reading from the Bible.
Required Reading:
1. The BibleGenesis 1-3; Ephesians 5
2. The Theology of the Body Marriage Preparation, author: Monica Ashour, MTS;
MHum. To purchase the book go to www.tobet.org, $19.99
Optional Reading for those who want to earn extra credit:
1. Dr. Edward Sris book, Men and Women and the Mystery of Love. (This can also
be ordered from www.tobet.org).

Writing: Aquinas Writing Advantage


See Table of Contents for Aquinas Writing Advantage Scope and Sequence to help determine
the best writing courses for your student(s).

WRITING ESSENTIALS 3: Punctuation and Grammar II (MS


7/6-3) *NEW
* This course, a continuation of the Writing Essentials series for 7/6 students, is
scheduled for three time slots in the spring semester only; the course will not be
offered in the fall semester.
* This is a two-part course; take the Essentials 3 and 4 courses together, to receive
one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for Essentials 3 and 4 in the
same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 6
Class dates and starting times:
Tuesdays, January 10 to February 14, 2017
2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
OR
Wednesdays, January 11 to February 15, 2017
11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
OR
Wednesdays, January 11 to February 15, 2017
1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: Essentials 1: Punctuation and Grammar I (MS 7/6-1) and
Essentials 2: Excellent Sentence and Paragraph Writing I (MS 7/6-2). You may take
the prerequisite courses either live or through Unlimited Access. Your student will
need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Wordcompatible document.
Suggested grade level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade
Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $109 after Nov. 15 for all
6 classes. ($129 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA

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Course description: This is an essential writing course for all middle school
students, designed to further your middle school students ability and confidence to
use punctuation and grammar well. The course will focus on identifying and using
correct punctuation in longer passages of text, including the use of commas,
semicolons and colons, and quotation marks. Special emphasis will be placed on
using punctuation correctly in systems of testing, such as standardized tests, and
the students ability to identify wrong uses of punctuation, making the corrections
easily.
Course outline:
Class 1: Correct comma use with clauses, compound sentences, and commas vs.
semicolons in lists
Class 2: Odd punctuation challenges with colons, semicolons, and capitalizations
Class 3: Correct usage of quotation marks and their surrounding punctuation
Class 4: Complete Sentences vs. fragments in academic work vs. Advertisements
and informal writing
Class 5: Punctuation, capitalization, and form in formal letters
Class 6: Common punctuation and grammar mistakes with pronouns, questions,
compound sentences, and more
Course materials: eBook: Simplified Punctuation and Grammar for Middle School
Students, Book 2, by Erin Brown Conroy. Ordering information forthcoming.
Homework: Weekly quizzes, with an estimated two to three hours per week for
homework outside of class time. Quizzes are graded automatically by the computer
for instant feedback.

WRITING ESSENTIALS 4: Excellent Sentence and Paragraph


Writing II (MS 7/6-4) *NEW
* This course, a continuation of the Writing Essentials series for 7/6
students, is scheduled three time slots in the spring semester only; the
course will not be offered in the fall semester.
* This is a two-part course; take the Essentials 3 and 4 courses together, to
receive one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for Essentials 3 and 4 in the
same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 6
Class dates and starting times:
Tuesdays, February 21 to March 28; 2017.
2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
OR
Wednesdays, February 22 to April 5; 2017. No class March 1 for Ash Wednesday.
11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
OR
Wednesdays, February 22 to April 5; 2017. No class March 1 for Ash Wednesday.
1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
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Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: Essentials 3: Punctuation and Grammar II or written
permission from the instructor. Students may take the prerequisite courses live or
through Unlimited Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the
ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade
Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $109 after Nov. 15, for all
6 classes. ($129 after Feb. 13)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This essential writing course for middle school students
continues teaching how to create well-crafted sentences and paragraphs using
specific nouns, strong verbs, appropriate adjectives and adverbs, prepositions and
prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Special emphasis will be
placed on using words correctly in systems of testing such as standardized tests and
the students ability to identify improper word choice and make the corrections.
Course outline:
Class 1: Identifying and building on specific nouns and strong verbs in sentences
Class 2: Identifying and building on appropriate adjectives and adverbs in sentences
Class 3: Identifying and correctly using prepositions, prepositional phrases, and
compound sentence structures within sentences and paragraphs
Class 4: How to easily identify incorrect usage in standardized tests
Class 5: Creating paragraphs with strong transitions and connectives
Class 6: Critical know-how for writing multi-paragraph essays
Course materials: eBook: Simplified Punctuation and Grammar for Middle School
Students by Erin Brown Conroy. Ordering information forthcoming.
Homework: Estimated one to three hours per week for homework outside of class
time, depending on the students ability. All writing assignments are graded by the
instructor.

SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 3: Writing the


Excellent Essay (MS 8/7-3) *NEW
* This course, a continuation of the Simplified Writing series for 8/7 students, is
scheduled during three time slots in the spring semester only; the course will not be
offered in the fall semester.
* This is a two-part course; take the Simplified Writing 3 and 4 courses together, to
receive one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for Simplified Writing 3 and 4
in the same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 8
Class dates and starting times:
Tuesdays, January 10 to February 28, 2017
3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
OR
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Thursdays, January 12 to March 2, 2017


2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
OR
Thursdays, January 12 to March 2, 2017
3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 2: Introduction to Essays
and Papers I (MS 8/7-2). Students may take the requisite courses live or in Unlimited
Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 8th or accelerated 7th grade
Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $197 after Nov. 15 for all
8 classes. ($217 after Jan. 2)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course takes the skills learned Simplified Writing 1 and 2
and puts into practice the writing of essays, with specific feedback and coaching
regarding how your student's writing can improve. Students will go through the
start-to-finish process of creating an academic essay. Attention will be given to
using all of the correct forms and skills of writing to this point in the Essentials and
Simplified Writing courses.
Course outline:
Class 1: Types of essays an introduction to rhetoric and choosing an essay topic
Class 2: Narrowing topics (from last class); brainstorming content for your topic and
creating the thesis statement
Class 3: Analyzing and improving thesis statements (from last class); creating
outlines
Class 4: Analyzing and improving outlines (from last class); creating introductions
Class 5: Creating rough drafts
Class 6: Revising the essay
Class 7: Editing the essay
Class 8: Formatting for the academic essay; an introduction to style guides
Course materials: eBook: Simplified Writing for Middle School Students, Book 2,
by Erin Brown Conroy. Ordering information forthcoming.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with grading and direct feedback from the
instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class
time, depending on the students ability.

SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 4: Writing Form


and Style (MS 8/7-4) *NEW
* This course, a continuation of the Simplified Writing series for 8/7 students, is
scheduled during three time slots in the spring semester only; the course will not be
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offered in the fall semester.


* This is a two-part course; take the Simplified Writing 3 and 4 courses together, to
receive one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for Simplified Writing 3 and 4
in the same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 6
Class dates and starting times:
Tuesdays, March 7 to April 18, 2017. No class Apr. 11 for Holy Week.
3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central; 1:30 Mountain; 12:30 Pacific)
OR
Thursdays, March 9 to April 20; 2017. No class April 13 for Holy Thursday.
2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
OR
Thursdays, March 9 to April 20; 2017. No class April 13 for Holy Thursday.
3:30 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Central; Noon Mountain; 11:00 Pacific)
Duration: 50 minutes
Prerequisite: SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 3: Writing the Excellent
Essay (MS 8/7-3). Students may take the requisite courses live or through Unlimited
Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 8th or accelerated 7th grade
Fee: $97 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $117 after Nov. 15 for all
6 classes. ($137 after Feb. 28)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course instructs your student in the many types of nonfiction and fiction writing that he/she will encounter, including descriptive writing,
reviews, how-to articles and instructions, news articles and journalistic reporting,
types of business writing, speeches, creative/expressive story writing (songs, plays,
and other forms of story) and the kinds of writing used in the bible (epistles/letters,
genealogical writing, historical narratives, laws and statutory writing, parables,
poetry, and proverbial writing). Special emphasis will be placed on knowing the
characteristics of each kind of writing and how to identify types of writing. Students
will also experiment within and practice writing within most of the forms. This
course will use all of the skills of writing to this point in the Essentials and Simplified
Writing courses for middle school students.
Course
Class 1:
Writing
Class 2:
Class 3:
Class 4:
Class 5:
Class 6:
Class 7:
Class 8:

outline:
Types of Writing Overview, Purpose and Audience, Nonfiction and Fiction
How-to Writing and Instructional Writing
An introduction to Journalism and News Reporting
Expressive Writing Forms of Story and Expression
Descriptive Writing
Business Writing
Writing Reviews and Speeches
Forms of Writing in the Bible

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Course materials: eBook: Simplified Writing for Middle School Students, Book 2,
by Erin Brown Conroy. Ordering information forthcoming.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with grading and direct feedback from the
instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class
time, depending on the students ability.

HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 2: Excellent


Paragraphs and Essay Writing (HS 9-3)
* This course is scheduled during two time slots in the Spring Semester only; the
course will not be offered in the Fall Semester.
* This is a two-part course; take the Essentials 3 and 4 courses together, to receive
one full semester of credit (14 weeks of classes).
* Though not required, it is recommended to sign up for Essentials 1 and 2 courses
in the same Time Offering (same time slot) within each semester.
Total Classes: 6
Class dates: Wednesdays, January 11 to February 15, 2017
Spring starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00
Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Can be taken as live or recorded classes. Your student will
need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Wordcompatible document.
Suggested grade level: 9th grade; however, all students are welcome
Suggested credit: semester Writing or English. Combine with High School
Simplified Writing 2 for a full semester credit.
Fee: $99 on or before November 15, 2016; $119 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes.
($139 after Jan. 3)
Instructor: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD
Course description: This is an essential writing course for all high school students,
to make sure that your student has critical high school writing foundations in place
for writing well-crafted sentences and paragraphsincluding the absolute musthave knowledge, review, and practice for the use of nouns, verbs, adjectives,
adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence
structures, as well as transitions and connectives, the use of quoted material,
summary, and paraphrase. Even if your student has learned foundational concepts
before, the approach in his class is to use high school vocabulary and structures
that are more complex and needed for upper-level writing. From mastering the
details that are holding your student back from writing well to providing muchneeded practice, help your student perfect the essential tools for high school
writing.
Course outline:
Class 1: Using strong nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in well-constructed
sentences
Class 2: Capitalization, punctuation, and using quotation marks in dialogue and
academic writing; prepositions and prepositional phrases
Class 3: Linear writing, transitions, and connectives in sentences and paragraphs
Class 4: Writing with summary and paraphrase
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Class 5: Answering essay questions: structure, form, and content I


Class 6: Answering essay questions: structure, form, and content 2
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. eBook: Simplified Writing Essentials
for High School Students, by EB Conroy. Ordering information forthcoming.
Homework: Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class
time, depending on the students ability. Writing assignments graded by the
instructor.

HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 2: Beyond the FiveParagraph Essay (HS 9-4)
* This course is offered once in the Fall Semester and once in the Spring Semester.
* This is a two-part course; take courses 9-3 and 9-4 to receive one full semester of
credit (14 weeks of classes).
Total Classes: 8
Class dates: Wednesdays, February 22 to April 26, 2017. No class March 1 for Ash
Wednesday or April 12 for Holy Week.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in
Unlimited Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to
convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: This critical course is open to all students who have
completed the prerequisites, no matter the grade level. Because the content of this
course is foundational for all high school essay writing, it is highly suggested that
students enroll in this course.
Suggested credit: semester Writing or English. Combine with High School
Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.
Fee: $157 if you register on or before November 15. $177 after Nov. 15 for all 8
classes. ($197 after Feb. 14)
Instructor: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD
Course description: The Five Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay
writing for years. This course helps your student understand and practice writing
essays in the Five Paragraph Essay form as well as learning what makes an essay
exceptional. Students will craft essays and practice becoming comfortable with
thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be
paid to how to write essays that capture the attention and flow from beginning to
end, with meaning.
Course outline:
Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where youll write them
Class 2: The traditional five paragraph essay
Class 3: What makes an essay great Research an essay and brainstorming with
the then what? question; taking your thoughts to the end of the line
Class 4: What makes an essay great Writing an essay and examples and analysis
of form, parallelism, and rhythm
Class 5: What makes an essay great Transitional tricks, answering the readers
questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending
Class 6: What makes an essay great Storytelling and creative elements
Class 7: What makes an essay great Analyzing three essays
Class 8: Revising and editing your essays
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Course materials: TBA, ordering information forthcoming. Word 2007 or later


version or the ability to convert documents to Word-compatible documents.
Homework: Homework: Weekly quizzes, with an estimated two to three hours per
week for homework outside of class time. Quizzes are graded automatically by the
computer for instant feedback. Course includes skill-building sheets with corrections
guide. Personalized question time will be offered in class to insure a strong
understanding of concepts.

VOCABULARY AND WRITING, Part Two (HS 10-2)


* This course is offered during the Spring Semester only.
* This is a two-part course; it is expected that students will enroll in both semesters.
Total Classes: 14
Class dates: Fridays, January 13 to April 21, 2017. No class April 14 for Good
Friday.
Starting time: Noon Eastern Time (11:00 Central; 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong
Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Also, it is preferred that students take
Vocabulary and Writing Part One first, but it is not required. Your student will need
Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Wordcompatible document.
Suggested grade level: 10th grade. However, all students are welcome.
Suggested credit: 1 full semester Vocabulary & Writing, Writing, or English.
Fee: $197 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $217 after Nov. 15 for all
14 classes. ($237 after Jan. 5)
Instructor: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD
Course description: In this course (the second of two successive courses), your
student will learn to use upper-level vocabulary words related to writing that are
needed for high school advanced writing, Advanced Placement (AP) English
Language and Composition courses, the ACT and SAT, advanced writing courses,
and all of college writingand an introduction of the concepts associated with the
terms. Over 350 words will be learned and practiced this semester. Course work will
be simple yet critical for your students future success. Because vocabulary is the
#1 indicator of success on college entrance testing, if you want your student to not
only score well on testing but also be able to be prepared for college writing and
vocabulary, this course is for you.
Course outline:
Class 1: Persuasion; Sources, Citations, & Plagiarism
Class 2: Research
Class 3: Critical Reading; Literary Forms & Genres I
Class 4: Literary Forms & Genres II
Class 5: Themes in Writing
Class 6: Rhetoric & Literary Techniques
Class 7: Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, & Devices I
Class 8: Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, & Devices II
Class 9: Narration; Dissecting Passages of Text I
Class 10: Description; Dissecting Passages of Text II
Class 11: Illustration, Exemplification, & Highly Effective Essays

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Class 12: Comparison & Contrast in Writing


Class 13: Process Analysis & Context
Class 14: Division & Classification; Writing Cogent, Organized Essays I
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Book: EB Conroys Simplified
Vocabulary Guide. Ordering information is forthcoming.
Homework: Studying for tests on the vocabulary identification and use. Students
will take weekly in-system quizzes and complete weekly writing assignments using
the new vocabulary. Assignments are graded by the instructor.

FICTION WRITING 4: Theme, Style, & Point of View (HS 114)


Series description:
* There are eight courses in the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series. Students can
jump into the series at any time. Students are encouraged to take The Heros
Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers and/or Screenwriting, and the courses may be
taken at the same time as the series courses or following the series courses.
* Each Foundational Course shares critical information on one of the key elements of
fiction writing. All eight courses are designed to give your student the skills to write
his/her own book and a solid foundation of story and form for college literature
courses.
Total classes: 4
Class dates: Thursdays, January 12 to February 2, 2017
Starting time: 10:30 AM Eastern (9:30 Central; 8:30 Mountain; 7:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Prerequisites can be taken either live or through Unlimited
Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 11th grade. However, all students are welcome.
Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Creative Writing. Take this course with HS 11-5
(Conflict) and HS 11-6 or 11-7 (Authoring a Book 1 or Short Story) for a full semester
of credit (12 weeks).
Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $99 after Nov. 15 for all 4
classes. ($119 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course teaches the key components of creating dynamic
theme, style, and point of view for fiction books of any genre. Designed for writing
fiction for middle grade, young adult, and adult plots, the course covers types of
theme, how to develop theme, developing your style of writing, and all of the major
fiction writing points of view. The course will also center on how to implement the
Christian worldview into your theme.
Course outline:
Class 1: What is theme and how to use it in your book
Class 2: What is style and how to develop yours
Class 3: Point of view
Class 4: Integrating theme, style, and point of view to create a dynamic story
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. All materials are provided FREE via
the instructor.

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Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from Professor


Brown Conroy, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework
outside of class time that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

FICTION WRITING 5: Conflict & Creating the Breakout


Novel (HS 11-5)
Series description:
* There are eight courses in the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series. Students can
jump into the series at any time. Students are encouraged to take The Heros
Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers and/or Screenwriting, and the courses may be
taken at the same time as the series courses or following the series courses.
* Each Foundational Course shares critical information on one of the key elements of
fiction writing. All eight courses are designed to give your student the skills to write
his/her own book and a solid foundation of story and form for college literature
courses.
Total classes: 4
Class dates: Thursdays, February 9 to March 2, 2017
Starting time: 10:30 AM Eastern (9:30 Central; 8:30 Mountain; 7:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Prerequisites can be taken either live or through Unlimited
Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 11th grade; however, all students are welcome. Your
student will also need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Creative Writing. Take this course with HS 11-4
(Theme, Style, & POV) and HS 11-7 or 11-7 (Authoring a Book or Short Story) for a
full semester of credit (12 weeks).
Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $99 after Nov. 15 for all 4
classes. ($119 after Feb. 1)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course teaches the key components of creating conflict
that gives us the breakout novel. The course will also center on how to implement
the Christian worldview into your conflict.
Course outline:
Class 1: What makes a great novel and stakes (personal and universal)
Class 2: Conflict in the setting, characters, and plot
Class 3: Playing the what if game: making your character do the unthinkable
Class 4: Cliffhangers, self-sacrifice, and turning points
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. All materials are provided FREE via
the instructor.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from Professor
Brown Conroy, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework
outside of class time that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

FICTION WRITING 6: Authoring a Book, Part 1: How it


Works, What it Takes, and How to Succeed (HS 11-6)
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Series description:
* There are eight courses in the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series. Students can
jump into the series at any time. Students are encouraged to take The Heros
Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers and/or Screenwriting, and the courses may be
taken at the same time as the series courses or following the series courses.
* Each Foundational Course shares critical information on one of the key elements of
fiction writing. All eight courses are designed to give your student the skills to write
his/her own book and a solid foundation of story and form for college literature
courses.
Total classes: 4
Class dates: Thursdays, March 9 to March 30, 2017
Starting time: 10:30 AM Eastern (9:30 Central; 8:30 Mountain; 7:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Prerequisites can be taken either live or through Unlimited
Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 11th grade; however, all students are welcome
Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Creative Writing. Take this course with HS 11-4
(Theme, Style, & POV) and HS 11-5 or 11-7 (Conflict or Short Story) for a full
semester of credit (12 weeks).
Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $99 after Nov. 15 for all 4
classes. $119 after Mar. 1)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This course teaches what it takes to be an author, from
personal practices to the publishing world. The course will also discuss what its like
to be a Catholic author today.
Course outline:
Class 1: Personal practices of successful writers
Class 2: The manuscript and query
Class 3: The platform, marketing, and the Internet
Class 4: Agents, publishers, and self-publishing
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. All materials are provided FREE via
the instructor.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from Professor
Brown Conroy, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework
outside of class time that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

FICTION WRITING 8: Writing the Short Story (HS 11-8)


Series description:
* There are eight courses in the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series. Students can
jump into the series at any time. Students are encouraged to take The Heros
Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers and/or Screenwriting, and the courses may be
taken at the same time as the series courses or following the series courses.
* Each Foundational Course shares critical information on one of the key elements of
fiction writing. All eight courses are designed to give your student the skills to write
his/her own book and a solid foundation of story and form for college literature
courses.
Total classes: 4
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Class dates: Thursdays, April 6 to May 4, 2017. No class April 13 for Holy Thursday.
Starting time: 10:30 AM Eastern (9:30 Central; 8:30 Mountain; 7:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Prerequisites can be taken either live or through Unlimited
Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 11th grade; however, all students are welcome
Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Creative Writing. Take this course with HS 11-4
(Theme, Style, & POV) and HS 11-5 or 11-7 (Conflict or Short Story) for a full
semester of credit (12 weeks).
Fee: $89 if you register on or before November15, 2016; $99 after Nov. 15 for all 4
classes. ($119 after Mar. 29)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: Have you ever wanted to write (and publish) a short
story? This course will cover just that -- how to write a dynamic, publishable short
story -- including fleshing out ideas for your short stories, the similarities and
differences between short stories and full-length book writing, and marketing your
short stories to publications.
Course outline:
Class 1: Defining short stories: micro fiction, flash fiction, short stories, novelettes,
and novellas
Class 2: Characteristics of dynamic, saleable short stories
Class 3: Brainstorming, outlining, and forming your short story
Class 4: Short story markets and sales
Course materials: All course materials will be provided.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from Professor
Brown Conroy. Estimated one to three hours of homework outside of class time per
class, depending on the students ability.

BUSINESS WRITING 2: Foundations of Journalism (HS 1110)


Series description: There are currently two one-semester courses in the Business
Writing series. Students can take the Business Writing courses in any order;
however, this course is only offered in the Spring Semester.
Total Classes: 8
Class dates: Wednesdays, January 18 to March 15, 2017. No class March 1 for Ash
Wednesday.
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students should be able to competently use Microsoft Word.
Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 11th grade; however, all students are welcome
Suggested credit: 2/3 a semesters credit; add the composition of your own
documents from the coursework to create a full semester credit,
Fee: $157 if you sign up on or before July 15, 2016; $177 if you sign up after July 15
for all 8 classes. ($197 after Jan. 10)
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Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA


Course description: Full of information and hands-on writing, this course
introduces journalism in a sturdy overview, helping your student both understand
and practice his or her writing skills in the genre of reporting writing. Whether
youre interested in learning about how the news that you read is created or in
becoming a writer of news stories yourself look over the course outline below. If
you see yourself enjoying all thats here, sign up for this course today.
Course outline:
Class 1: What is a journalist? (Journalism Overview), a brief history of journalism,
and First Amendment Freedoms
Class 2: Ethics in Journalism, quoting and Interviewing, and how journalists can
shape a message
Class 3: News Today what it is, how its reported and written, news leads, and
headlines and bylines
Class 4: Features: multiple feature news stories, people, ideas, and trends; and
investigative reporting
Class 5: Writing editorials and columns
Class 6: How reviews and opinion writing are a part of journalism today
Class 7: News magazines and writing news articles, online journalism, and
broadcast journalism
Class 8: The brilliance of advertising, page layout, and graphic design in journalism
Course materials: All materials are provided FREE via the instructor.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from the instructor
with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework outside of class time,
including reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

ADVANCED RHETORIC & WRITING 1: Rhetoric, Figures of


Speech, Essays, & Papers (HS 12-1)
* Foundational for All High School Students and Essential for College-Bound
Students
* Registration is limited to 12 students. If the course fills, sign up for the waiting list
or email us for other options.
* This is not Part Two. This course is offered twice, once in the Fall and again in
the Spring.
Total classes: 10
Spring class dates: Wednesdays, January 11 to March 22, 2017 No class March 1
for Ash Wednesday.
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing
Skills (HS 9-2) is required (live classes or Unlimited Access). Exceptions are granted
only with written permission from the instructor. Your student will need Word 2007
or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible
document.
Suggested grade level: 12th grade. However, all students who have completed
the prerequisites are welcome.
Suggested credit: 1 semester Writing or English
Fee: $217 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $237 after Nov. 15 for all
10 classes. ($257 after Jan. 3)
Instructor: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD
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Course description: This course content is known as a prerequisite for many


colleges for college-bound students. Designed to give the teen skills that make
writing strong and clear, your student will learn methods of rhetoric and how to use
the skills in all of the main conventions of writing used in collegeincluding indepth use of nine basic forms of rhetoric (rhetorical modes); be able to identify and
use major rhetorical strategies and figures of speech; and pre-write, draft, and edit
a comparison and contrast paper, including use of the hook, thesis, introduction
construction, conclusions, and rewriting with specific, individual feedback from the
instructor. Vocabulary related to upper-level writing will be introduced and
integrated into the learning. Specific class time will be used to show how to edit and
revise upper-level work.
Course outline:
Class 1: The academic paper; advanced academic writing with strong thesis
construction, hooks, and introductions
Class 2: Rhetorical Mode 1: Narration; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech
(tropes, aposiopesis, apostrophe, chiasmus, epithet)
Class 3: Rhetorical Mode 2: Comparison and Contrast; creating a thesis and hook for
your paper
Class 4: Rhetorical Mode 3: Illustration and Exemplification; rhetorical strategies and
figures of speech (litotes, zeugma, euphemism, idiom)
Class 5: Rhetorical Mode 4: Description; drafting your papers outline
Class 6: Rhetorical Mode 5: Process Analysis; rhetorical strategies and figures of
speech (hyperbole, metonymy, metaphor, mixed metaphor, extended metaphor);
prewriting for papers
Class 7: Rhetorical Mode 6: Definition; rhetorical strategies and figures of speech
(bathos, caricature, deus ex machine, epiphany)
your papers rough draft
Class 8: Rhetorical Mode 7: Cause and Effect; advanced methods of draft revision 1
Class 9: Rhetorical Mode 8: Division and Classification; advanced methods of draft
revision 2; formatting advanced academic works (brief style guide introduction)
Class 10: Rhetorical mode 9: Argumentation; integrating rhetorical strategies into
upper-level writing
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets
for College Success, by Erin Brown Conroy:
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00B7AB90W/catholictreas-20. (Download the
Kindle app for free to easily read on your computer, tablet, or mobile device.) Also
required is 2) Simplified Writing 102: EB Conroy's Top 10 Tips for Using the
Rhetorical Modes in Academic Writing. Ordering information for 102 is forthcoming.
Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct
feedback from the instructor. Estimate four to five hours per week for homework
(outside of class time); this includes reading, writing, and responding to instructor
feedback.

ADVANCED RHETORIC & WRITING 2: Research Writing (HS


12-2)
College Preparatory
Registration is limited to 12 students. If the course fills, sign up for the waiting list
or email us for other options.
Total classes: 10
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
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Class dates: Fridays, January 13 to March 10, 2017.


Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: ADVANCED RHETORIC & WRITING 1: Rhetoric, Figures of
Speech, Essays, & Papers (HS 12-1), which may be taken as a live course or through
Unlimited Access. Exceptions are granted only with written permission from the
instructor. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert
a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 12th grade. However, all students who have successfully
completed the prerequisites are welcome.
Suggested credit: 1 semester Writing or English
Fee: $210 if you register on or before November 15, 2015; $230 after Nov. 15, for
all 10 classes. ($250 after Jan. 5)
Instructor: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD
Course description: This course will cover advanced research and writing
methods for argumentative research writing, how to craft an advanced research
paper, and understanding style guides (APA, CMS/Turabian, MLA, AP). A bibliography
and research paper will be written during the course.
Course outline:
Class 1: What is research writing? Terms and methods
Class 2: Advanced research methods: Using libraries and the Internet
Class 3: Style guides and citations
Class 4: Creating a bibliography
Class 5: Creating your outline and thesis: advanced methods
Class 6: Prewriting: styles and completeness
Class 7: Outline with rough-cut proofs
Class 8: The rough draft
Class 9: Revising and editing
Class 10: Final drafts
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. eBooks: 1) Simplified Research
Writing by EB Conroy (ordering information forthcoming); and 2) Simplified Writing
101: Top Secrets for College Success by EB Conroy,
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00B7AB90W/catholictreas-20. (Download the
Kindle app for free to easily read on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPod, or mobile device).
Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments and direct feedback
from the instructor, with an estimated four to five hours per week for homework
(outside of class time) that includes researching, reading, writing, and responding to
feedback.

HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 5: Punctuation and


Grammar II (HS X-5)
Fully Understanding Punctuation & Grammar
* This course is for students who want to confirm and excel in their skills. College
preparatory.
Total classes: 6
Class dates: Mondays, February 27 to April 3, 2017
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Note: Because this courses dates fit the schedule to immediately follow the
weeks of HS 9-1 Punctuation and Grammar I, you can sign up for both Punctuation
and Grammar I and II courses during the Spring semester if desired.
Duration: 55 minutes
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Prerequisite: Required. HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential


Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1). Prerequisite can be taken as a live course or
through Unlimited Access. Your student will also need Word 2007 or later version or
the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Writing or English. Add another course for full
credit.
Fee: $99 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $119 after Nov. 15 for all
6 classes. ($139 after Feb. 19)
Instructor: Lisa Mladinich.
Course description: This course continues your students understanding of
punctuation and grammar with instruction and exercises taking your student to
college-level understanding. Students will move beyond common understanding to
mastering the skills. If you want your teen to never struggle with punctuation and
grammar and be able to be skillful in upper-level, college-prep punctuation and
grammar, this is the course for you.
Course outline:
Class 1: The power of punctuation; what punctuation does (and doesnt do) for your
writing, and how you can harness that power
Class 2: Complete comma understanding and practice: identification of commas
with multiple clause sentences (the sentence/non-sentence trick)
Class 3: Complete comma understanding and practice: typical comma errors and
editors choices with commas
Class 4: Common, unusual, and rare comma placement in common, unusual, and
rare places
Class 5: Semicolons, colons, and commas used together correctly
Class 6: End punctuation issues, quotation mark errors, and quotes within quotes
issues
Class 7: Citations, references, footnotes, and research-centric punctuation
Class 8: Mastering punctuation in the SAT and ACT
Course materials: TBA, ordering information forthcoming. Word 2007 or later
version or the ability to convert documents to Word-compatible documents.
Homework: Homework: Daily quizzes, with an estimated two to three hours per
week for homework outside of class time. Quizzes are graded automatically by the
computer for instant feedback. Course includes skill-building sheets with corrections
guide. Personalized question time will be offered in class to insure a strong
understanding of concepts.

HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 6: Essay Writing


Practicum (HS X-6)
For students who want to confirm, practice, and excel in their skills using essays
and papers from outside sources.
This workshop only takes 12 students. Make sure to register early to ensure a seat.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Fridays, January 13 to March 3, 2017
Starting time: 1:30 PM EDT (12:30 Central; 11:30 Mountain; 10:30 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational
Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Prerequisites can be taken as live course or through
Unlimited Access. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to
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convert a document to a Word-compatible document. Can be taken concurrently


with other writing courses for extra practice.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 2/3 semester Writing or English. Add another course for full
credit.
Fee: $127 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $147 after Nov. 15 for all
8 classes. ($167 after Jan. 5)
Instructor: TBA
Course description: This is a practicum course; your student will learn
strategies to successfully complete all types of academic essays and papers,
contest essays, and college entrance essays (non-timed but deadline-oriented
essays and papers). But most importantly, during the course, your student will bring
his or her own essay or paper from outside sources, to work on (other courses
papers or essays, essays for scholarships, essays for college entrance and
competitive essays for prizes). If the student does not have an outside work (or
works) to perfect, the student will research and choose at least two (2) collegescholarship essays to work on during the course. This is a great time to get specific
help for top-notch essay and paper writing, write that essay for getting into college,
and enter that essay contest with a professional editor helping you do your best. We
will apply all of the principles of great essay writing taught in the AWA courses and
students will receive personalized feedback on their work.
Course outline:
Class 1: Understanding academic essays and papers; type and style; outlining and
creating a guide before you write
Class 2: Understanding college entrance essays; creating essay content that helps
get you into the college of your choice
Class 3: Understanding competitive essays for prizes and scholarships; working with
prescribed topics and meeting (and exceeding) guidelines
Class 4: Researching and expanding your essay or paper
Class 5: Rough drafting vs. revising vs. editing
Class 6: True revision and editing
Class 7: Following standard form; presentation guidelines for success
Class 8: Shortening your time in the process of writing; how to make writing easier
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version; all course materials provided FREE
by the instructor
Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments and direct feedback
from the instructor, with an estimated four to five hours per week for homework
(outside of class time) that includes researching, reading, writing, and responding to
feedback.

FICTION WRITING: The Heros Journey & Mythic Structure


for Writers, Part Two (HS X-10)
This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear as the
two courses can be taken in any order. This course can be taken with any other
fiction writing courses.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: January 12 to March 2, 2017
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 Central, 10:00 Mountain; 9:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes

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Prerequisite: Because many of the concepts in this course dovetail into the Fiction
Series courses, it is recommended to have taken or be enrolled in any of the 11level fiction courses before or while taking this course, but it is not required. Your
student will also need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a
document to a Word-compatible document.
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. However, those in middle school who
have written or are writing their own fiction work, and have successfully completed
the prerequisites, are encouraged to enroll.
Suggested credit: 2/3 Creative Writing, Writing, or English. For a full credit keep
writing daily and working your craft.
Fee: $157 if you register on or before November 15, 2016; $177 after Nov. 15 for all
8 classes. ($197 after Jan. 4)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: This is an advanced fiction writing course that delves into the
use of archetypes in what is called "the hero's journey," the mythic structure that
many claim all stories follow. This course will cover the different kinds of typological
actions and plot lines that appear in stories, to apply that knowledge to the crafting
of your own fiction book. The course can be taken in conjunction with any of the
other fiction writing courses offered with Homeschool Connections. Whether you
plan on going into fiction writing (books, screenwriting, poetry) or simply want to
expand your ability to write in advanced styles, this course is for you.
Course outline:
Class 1: Ordinary World
Class 2: The Call to Adventure
Class 3: The Refusal of the Call
Class 4: Meeting with the Mentor
Class 5: Crossing the First Threshold
Class 6: Tests, Allies, Enemies
Class 7: Approach to the Inmost Cave
Class 8: The Ordeal and the Reward
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Book: The Writers Journey: Mythic
Structures for Writers, 3rd Edition, by Christopher Vogler and Michele Montez
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/193290736X/catholictreas-20). NOTE:
The same book is used in both of the Advanced Fiction (Parts One and Two) courses.
Homework: Approximately two to four hours per week of reading and completing
coursework, depending on your skills level coming into the course. All homework is
graded with personal feedback given by the instructor.

FICTION WRITING: Screenwriting, Part Two (HS X-12) *NEW


For students who want to excel in fiction writing skills and jumpstart college
literature courses; this is both a college and career prep course.
Sign up for Screenwriting Parts One and Two together, to complete the requisite
book; the course is complete with both semesters.
Total classes: 8
Class dates: Fridays, January 13 March 3, 2017
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: Screenwriting I or instructor permission, a thirst to create, and a love
of story in movies! Your student will also need Word 2007 or later version or the
ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.
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Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade


Suggested credit: 2/3 Screenwriting, Creative Writing, or English. For a full credit
keep writing daily and working your craft.
Fee: $157 if you register on or before July 15, 2016; $177 after July 15 for all 8
classes. ($197 after Jan. 5)
Instructor: Erin Brown Conroy, MA, MFA
Course description: As a fiction writing course, this is a continuation of the
Introduction to Screenwriting, where students learn the foundations of screenwriting
and creating scripts for movies. Students will learn how to design story for film,
including character development and with a focus on story line. Students will also
craft dialogue, discuss the conventions of good movies, and analyze classic and
current movies, in order to be able to craft scenes and a screenplay. Students will
also be expected to read through screenplays and watch films related to learning
the craft.
Course outline:
Week 1: The Beat Sheet, Film Analysis, and Shorts (Chapter Four)
Week 2: Putting Ideas into Loglines and Beat Sheets
Week 3: The Beat Sheet as a Business Plan (Chapter Five) and More on Script
Dialogue
Week 4: Crafting Scenes and The Hollywood Rules of Screenplays 1 (Chapter Six)
Week 5: Crafting Scenes and The Hollywood Rules of Screenplays 2 (Chapter Six)
Week 6: Script Repair (Chapter Seven)
Week 7: The Business of Screenwriting (Chapter Eight)
Week 8: Final Short Screenplay Discussions
Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Book: The Writers Journey: Mythic
Structures for Writers, 3rd Edition, by Christopher Vogler and Michele Montez
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/193290736X/catholictreas-20). NOTE:
The same book is used in both of the Advanced Fiction (Parts One and Two) courses.
Homework: Students will read from the text, read posted articles, complete prescene exercises, and write loglines, outlines (beat sheets), and scenes. The final
project is in the second semester is a short script (12 to 15 pages). Time spent
working on homework varies between individuals and their writing skills and speed.
Students can expect to spend an average of two and four hours a week on
homework. For the final project, students may spend more time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are your courses Catholic?


A: Yes, all of our courses are taught with a strong Catholic ethos.
Q: How are high school credits applied?
A: Parents are the ultimate authority on their childrens work. We give a Suggested Credit
for each course. This suggestion is based on the student who participates fully in class,
completes all assignments, and spends time outside of class reading, researching, and
writing.
Q: Is Homeschool Connections an accredited school?
A: No. For the purpose of high school transcripts this should not be an issue. College
admissions departments are use to accepting credits from homeschool families, who are of
course entirely unaccredited, as well as from private Christian schools, many of which are
also unaccredited. Additionally, there are accrediting services that will issue an accredited
diploma for you. See the Table of Contents for more information: FAQ: Accreditation.
Q: Are you a full service home study school?
A: No, we are not a school and do not provide record keeping or counseling services.
Homeschool Connections was created to supplement what parents are already doing. We
have families take advantage of our courses who are enrolled in Seton, Kolbe, Mother of
Divine Grace, etc. We also have many families who design their own curriculum using
classical, unit studies, Charlotte Mason, and other pedagogical models. Were here to help
families, from those who consider themselves unschoolers to those who follow a very strict
scope and sequence. Our goal is to meet parents where they are and help them get the
most out of their resources.
Q: What kind of equipment do I need?
A: Students are required to have a computer, high-speed Internet, and a headset with
microphone.
Q: Do you offer support on the technical requirements for each class?
A. Yes, we use two different types of platforms to aid your student's learning experience.
And from time to time students and parents need help with each platform. We are happy to
respond to each and every question within 24 hours. We want to make sure that the
challenges of taking an online class are mitigated as much as possible so your student can
commit to learning and not worry about the technology.
Q: How does a student "attend class"?
A: Students receive an email with a link to the classroom. Classes take place in an
audio/visual classroom where the teacher and students meet in a real time environment.
The instructor converses directly with students. The student is able to see and hear the
voice of the instructor. Students can respond two ways. They can type in chat or raise their
hand to respond orally using their headset.
Q: Your courses are very reasonable but my budget is tight. How can I save money
on your live courses?
A: First, take advantage of the early enrollment discounts. They can save you $10 to $25 per
course. Second, sign up for our online newsletter. We occasionally offer coupons or special
deals.
Q: How do I get the Early Enrollment Discount?
A: All you do is enroll before the deadline. The discounted price is automatic.
Q: Will the instructor be available outside of class time?
A: Yes. All of our instructors are available during class time through question and discussion,
as well as via e-mail in between the live classes. Some also offer Skype or phone office
hours.
Q: How does my child prepare for the classes and get the most out of them?

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A: There are many things a student can do to prepare for, and to take full advantage of,
their courses:
Come to class having read or completed any assignments from the week before.
Prepare a notebook for the course to take written notes during class and review
afterward.
Participate fully during class time by keeping chats on topic, raising his hand with
questions or comments, focusing on the lecture, and avoiding distractions.
Email the instructor in between classes if any questions arise about course content or
homework.
Go back and watch the recorded class or review the Power Point if needed.
Visit the Moodle course page often for additional helps. (Moodle is our free
educational software.)
Q: What about vacations and breaks?
A: There are no classes most holy days and holidays. Some instructors offer a midterm
break. If you have a break that does not correspond with the course calendar, make sure to
notify the instructor, watch the recorded class, and complete any homework in a timely
manner.
Q: What if my child misses a class?
A: Classes are recorded and made available to students within 24 hours. In the case of a
missed class, a student should notify the instructor then go back and watch the recorded
class.
Q: What are the course terms? How long are they?
A: With the exception of summer courses, our live courses vary in length from 4 to 15
weeks.
Q: What day of the week and what time are classes held? Also, how long does
each class last?
A: Classes typically meet once a week, Monday to Friday, and last between 45 and 55
minutes. However, there are exceptions. Please see individual course descriptions for
specifics. Classes are scheduled between the hours of 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern to
accommodate the varying schedules and time zones of homeschool families.
Q: How many students are in each class?
A: Courses vary in the number of students enrolled, from 5 to 30. We currently avg. 15
students per class.
Q: How much time per day or week will my child need to devote in order to do well
in this course?
A: Generally speaking, students should allow 2 to 5 hours a week, depending on the course
requirements. Of course, the amount of time spent on schoolwork depends on how much a
student wants to get out of the course and learn.
Q: When should we order the course materials?
A: We do our best to keep costs down for families. Therefore, many of the course materials
are available free online. Allow 2 to 3 weeks for materials that need to be borrowed or
purchased.
Q: Which Latin course is right for my student?
A: Circumstances vary greatly from student to student. The course descriptions for the Latin
courses include prerequisites. If you are unsure of a prerequisite, please email for a
placement test at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com.
Q: How does a student access the recordings and homework?
A: We use an educational software called Moodle. This software is free to our students. It is
user friendly so you may easily access everything necessary to make your course a success.
Each student is given a unique user name and password so homework assignments and
grades are kept private.
Q: How are the courses graded?

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A: Parents are the ultimate authorities in grading their children. Most instructors provide
graded homework with feedback. Some courses provide computer-graded quizzes. We do
not provide transcripts, so it is up to the parent to determine final grades and record them.
Q: How do I keep track of my student's grades?
A: Grades are uploaded on the Moodle course page and can only be accessed by you. You
have access to all course materials (recordings, grades, links, tests, etc.) for at least 6
months after the completion of each course.
Q: What do I do if I'm unable to take a course once I've already enrolled?
A: Because of busy schedules and potential conflicts with the class times, some people may
find they have to drop a course. We will refund 95% of the course fee for cancellations made
up to the first day of class. Up to 2 weeks following the first class, we will refund
80%. Written notification is required prior to the third class if you would like to receive the
partial refund.
Q: Why should I pay $120 for an 8-week course when I can sign up for your
Unlimited Access program of recorded courses for only $30 a month?
A: Both the live and recorded courses have their advantages but there are more benefits
from the live courses. For example, they give students a real live class experience where
they interact with fellow students. Students have complete access to the instructor, during
and in between classes, should they have questions or would like to explore a concept more
deeply. For courses with instructor-graded homework, the parent is saved that task. In
addition to letter grades, instructors give comments to help the student better understand
what theyre doing right or wrong.
The recorded courses are cheaper and can be taken at a students own pace, on his
own schedule, 24/7. A younger student can take his time while an older or advanced student
can accelerate his work. Plus, there is no need to fit your schedule into the instructors
schedule.
Q: Do you offer grade-school classes?
A: We are currently creating a program for children, kindergarten through 6th grade called
Initio Academy. We plan to begin rolling out the program in the Fall 2016 semester with 1 st
and 2nd grade. Other grade levels will be offered as the curriculum is developed. To keep up
to date, you can sign up for email notifications at homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/initioacademy

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Aquinas Writing Advantage: Suggested Scope and Sequence


Homeschool Connections has put together a full middle through high school writing
program for you and your children:

Complete, progressive, and thorough

Give your student all the skills neededfoundations, development, advanced,


and creative writing

Leaves no gaps and prepares your student for college and the workplace
Every child and every homeschool is different. You know your child best, so you
always have the final say in your childs education at HSC. Therefore, courses can
be taken in a different order or at a different pace, as long as students have
successfully completed the required prerequisites.

MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES


SUGGESTED GRADE 7th or accelerated 6th
MS 7/6-1
WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Punctuation and Grammar I
Six weeks
Prerequisite: None
* Take the Essentials 1 and 2 courses together to receive one full semester of credit
(for a total of 12 weeks of classes)
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

MS 7/6-2
WRITING ESSENTIALS 2: Excellent Sentence and Paragraph Writing I
Six weeks
Prerequisite: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Punctuation and Grammar I (MS 7/6-1)
* Take the Essentials 1 and 2 courses together to receive one full semester of credit
(for a total of 12 weeks of classes)
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

MS 7/6-3 NEW!
WRITING ESSENTIALS 3: Punctuation and Grammar II
Six weeks
Prerequisite: WRITING ESSENTIALS 2: Excellent Sentence and Paragraph Writing I
(MS 7/6-2)
* Take the Essentials 3 and 4 courses together to receive one full semester of credit
(for a total of 12 weeks of classes)
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available as a recorded course
through Unlimited Access after April 1, 2017.
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MS 7/6-4 NEW!
WRITING ESSENTIALS 4: Excellent Sentence and Paragraph Writing II
Six weeks
Prerequisite: WRITING ESSENTIALS 3: Punctuation and Grammar II (MS 7/6-3)
* Take the Essentials 3 and 4 courses together to receive one full semester of credit
(for a total of 12 weeks of classes)
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available as a recorded course
through Unlimited Access after June 1, 2017.

SUGGESTED GRADE: 8th or accelerated 7th


MS 8/7-1
SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 1: Foundations of Composition I
Eight weeks
Prerequisite: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Punctuation and Grammar I (MS 7/6-1),
previously or concurrently.
* Take Simplified Writing 1 and 2 courses together to receive one full semester of
credit (for a total of 14 weeks of classes).
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

MS 8/7-2
SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 2: Introduction to Essays and
Papers I
Six weeks
Prerequisite: SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 1: Foundations of
Composition I (MS 8/7-1).
* Take Simplified Writing 1 and 2 courses together to receive one full semester of
credit (for a total of 14 weeks of classes).
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

MS 8/7-3 NEW!
SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 3: Writing the Excellent Essay
Eight weeks
Prerequisite: SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 2: Introduction to Essays
and Papers I (MS 8/7-2).
* Take Simplified Writing 3 and 4 courses together to receive one full semester of
credit (for a total of 14 weeks of classes).
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available as a recorded course
through Unlimited Access after April 1, 2017.

MS 8/7-4 NEW!
SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 4: Writing Form and Style
Six weeks

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Prerequisite: SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 3: Writing the Excellent


Essay (MS 8/7-3).
* Take Simplified Writing 3 and 4 courses together to receive one full semester of
credit (for a total of 14 weeks of classes).
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available as a recorded course
through Unlimited Access after June 1, 2017.

HIGH SCHOOL COURSES


SUGGESTED 9TH GRADE: ESSENTIAL & SIMPLIFIED WRITING
SKILLS
HS 9-1
HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar
I
Six weeks
Prerequisite: None
* Take the Essentials 1 and Simplified 1 courses together to receive one full
semester of credit (for a total of 14 weeks of classes).
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS 9-2
HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills
Eight weeks
Prerequisite: HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1).
* Take the Essentials 1 and Simplified 1 courses together to receive one full
semester of credit (for a total of 14 weeks of classes).
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS 9-3
HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 2: Excellent Paragraphs and Essay
Writing
Six weeks
Prerequisite: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing
Skills (HS 9-2)
* Take the Essentials 2 and Simplified 2 courses together to receive one full
semester of credit (for a total of 14 weeks of classes)
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available as a recorded course
through Unlimited Access after April 1, 2017.

HS 9-4 NEW!
HIGH SHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 2: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay
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Eight Weeks
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong
Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2)
* Take the Essentials 2 and Simplified 2 courses together to receive one full
semester of credit (for a total of 14 weeks of classes)
* Available live in both the Fall and Spring Semesters. Also available as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access after January 1, 2017.

SUGGESTED 10TH GRADE: VOCABULARY & WRITING


HS 10-1
VOCABULARY AND WRITING: Vocabulary and Writing, Part One
14 Weeks
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar
I (HS 9-1). Recommended: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong
Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2).
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS 10-2
VOCABULARY AND WRITING: Vocabulary and Writing, Part Two
14 Weeks
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar
I (HS 9-1). Recommended: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong
Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Also, it is preferred that students take
Vocabulary and Writing Part One (HS 10-1) first, but it is not required.
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

SUGGESTED 11TH GRADE: FICTION (CREATIVE) WRITING


TRACK
HS 11-1
FICTION WRITING 1: Plot & Structure
Four weeks
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar
I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills
(HS 9-2).
* Take this course with HS 11-2 (Description & Setting) and HS 11-3 (Characters &
Dialogue) for a full semester of credit (for a total of 12 weeks of classes)
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS 11-2
FICTION WRITING 2: Description & Setting
Four weeks
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Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar


I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills
(HS 9-2).
* Take this course with HS 11-1 (Plot & Structure) and HS 11-3 (Characters &
Dialogue) for a full semester of credit (for a total of 12 weeks of classes)
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS 11-3
FICTION WRITING 3: Characters & Dialogue
Four weeks
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar
I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills
(HS 9-2).
* Take this course with HS 11-1 (Plot & Structure) and HS 11-2 (Description &
Setting) for a full semester of credit (for a total of 12 weeks of classes)
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS 11-4
FICTION WRITING 4: Theme, Style, & Point of View
Four weeks
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar
I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills
(HS 9-2).
* Take this course with HS 11-5 (Conflict & Creating the Breakout Novel) and your
choice of HS 11-6 (Authoring a Book, Part 1) and 11-7 (Authoring a Book, Part 2), or
11-8 (Writing the Short Story) for a full semester of credit (for a total of 12 to 16
weeks of classes)
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS 11-5
FICTION WRITING 5: Conflict & Creating the Breakout Novel
Four weeks
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar
I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills
(HS 9-2).
* Take this course with HS 11-4 (Theme, Style, & Point of View) and your choice of
HS 11-6 (Authoring a Book, Part 1) and 11-7 (Authoring a Book, Part 2), or 11-8
(Writing the Short Story) for a full semester of credit (for a total of 12 to 16 weeks of
classes)
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS 11-6
FICTION WRITING 6: Authoring a Book, Part 1 How it Works, What it
Takes, and How to Succeed
Four weeks
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Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar


I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills
(HS 9-2).
* Take this course with HS 11-4 (Theme, Style, & Point of View) and HS 11-5 (Conflict
& Creating the Breakout Novel), and 11-7 (Authoring a Book, Part 2) or 11-8 (Writing
the Short Story), for a full semester of credit (12 to 16 weeks)
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS 11-7
FICTION WRITING 7: Authoring a Book, Part 2 Perfecting the Query &
Synopsis
Four weeks
Prerequisite: Authoring a Book, Part 1 How it Works, What it Takes, and How to
Succeed (HS 11-6).
* Take this course with HS 11-4 (Theme, Style, & Point of View) and HS 11-5 (Conflict
& Creating the Breakout Novel), and 11-6 (Authoring a Book, Part 1) or 11-8 (Writing
the Short Story), for a full semester of credit (for a total of 12 to 16 weeks of
classes)
* Available live in the Summer 2016 Semester. Will be available as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access after July 1, 2016.

HS 11-8
FICTION WRITING 8: Writing the Short Story
Four weeks
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar
I (HS 9-1). Recommended: SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills
(HS 9-2).
* Take this course with HS 11-4 (Theme, Style, & Point of View) and HS 11-5 (Conflict
& Creating the Breakout Novel), and 11-6 (Authoring a Book, Part 1) or 11-7
(Authoring a Book, Part 2), for a full semester of credit (for a total of 12 to 16 weeks
of classes)
* Available live in the Summer 2016 and Spring 2017 Semesters. Also available as a
recorded course through Unlimited Access after July 1, 2016.

SUGGESTED 11TH GRADE: BUSINESS WRITING TRACK


HS 11-9 NEW!
BUSINESS WRITING: Professional Business Writing Essentials
Eight weeks
Prerequisite: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing
Skills (HS 9-2).
* Students should take the Spring Semester of Business Writing (Journalism) with
this course, to make the Business Writing Track complete (for a total of 16 weeks of
classes).
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available as a recorded course
through Unlimited Access after January 1, 2017.

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HS 11-10 NEW!
BUSINESS WRITING: Foundations of Journalism
Eight weeks
Prerequisite: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing
Skills (HS 9-2).
* Students should take the Fall Semester of Business Writing (Professional Business
Writing Essentials) with this course, to make the Business Writing Track complete
(for a total of 16 weeks of classes).
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available as a recorded course
through Unlimited Access after May 1, 2017.

SUGGESTED 12TH GRADE: COLLEGE PREP WRITING


HS 12-1
ADVANCED RHETORIC & WRITING 1: Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, Essays, &
Papers
Ten weeks
Prerequisite: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing
Skills (HS 9-2) is required.
* Available live in both the Fall and Spring Semesters. Also available anytime as a
recorded course through Unlimited Access.

HS 12-2
ADVANCED RHETORIC & WRITING 2: Research Writing (College Prep)
Ten weeks
Prerequisite: ADVANCED RHETORIC & WRITING 1: Rhetoric, Figures of Speech,
Essays, & Papers (HS 12-1) is required.
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

WRITING EXCELLENCE COURSES


The following courses are exceptional advanced courses that can be taken at any
time during high school, if the student meets the prerequisite requirements.

HS X-5 NEW!
HIGH SCHOOLWRITING ESSENTIALS 5: Punctuation and Grammar II
Fully Understanding Punctuation & Grammar
For students who want to confirm and excel in their skills. College preparatory.
Prerequisite: HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and
Grammar I (HS 9-1) is required.
* Available live in all three semesters: Summer, Fall, and Spring. Also available as a
recorded course through Unlimited Access after November 1, 2016.

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HS X-6 NEW!
HIGH SCHOOL WRITING ESSENTIALS 6: Essay Writing Practicum
For students who want to confirm, practice, and excel in their skills.
Prerequisite: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing
Skills (HS 9-2) is required.
* Available live in both the Fall and Spring Semesters. This course will be available
through Unlimited Access after January 1, 2017. However, as a practicum, it is best
taken live.

HS X-9
FICTION WRITING: The Heros Journey & Mythic Structure for Writers I
For students who want to excel in fiction writing skills and understand the
fiction/literature connection; this is a college preparatory course.
Prerequisite: Required: WRITING ESSENTIALS 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar
I (HS 9-1). Recommended: Any of the 11-level fiction courses (previously or
concurrently).
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS X-10
FICTION WRITING: The Heros Journey & Mythic Structure for Writers II
For students who want to excel in fiction writing skills and jumpstart college
literature courses; this is both a college and career prep course.
Prerequisite: The Heros Journey & Mythic Structure for Writers 1 (HS X-9)
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Also available anytime as a recorded
course through Unlimited Access.

HS X-11 NEW!
FICTION WRITING: Screenwriting I
For students who want to excel in fiction writing skills and jumpstart college
literature courses; this is both a college and career prep course.
Prerequisite: None. Recommended: Any of the 11-level fiction courses (previously or
concurrently).
* Available live in the Fall Semester only. Available as a recorded course through
Unlimited Access after January 1, 2017.

HS X-12 NEW!
FICTION WRITING: Screenwriting II
For students who want to excel in fiction writing skills and jumpstart college
literature courses; this is both a college and career prep course.
Prerequisite: FICTION WRITING: Screenwriting I (HS X-11)
* Available live in the Spring Semester only. Available as a recorded course through
Unlimited Access after June 1, 2017.

HS X-13
FICTION WRITING: Introduction to Poetry

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Prerequisite: None
* Available only as a recorded course through Unlimited Access.

HS X-14
FICTION WRITING: Poetry 1: Joining the Great Tradition
Prerequisite: FICTION WRITING: Introduction to Poetry (HS X-13)
* Available only as a recorded course through Unlimited Access.

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FAQ: Accreditation
Q. What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary process, performed by private, nongovernmental
agencies.
There is no central control or authority.
There are good accrediting agencies and bad ones.
One accrediting organization is not legally designated as being superior over another.
Q. What does accreditation have to do with learning?
Nothing directly. It measures standards and does not develop educational programs.
Some of the worst public schools and private schools are accredited.
Some of the best are not.
Q. What is the purpose of accreditation?
The main function is to weed out diploma mills and other education scams.
Gives assurance that the educational institution being reviewed is legitimate and
meets minimum standards.
Q. What is the usefulness of accreditation for homeschool families?
Educationally, there is little usefulness for students and their families.
Does provide a comfort factor for parents, giving them assurance by a 3rd party that
the program meets minimum standards. However, parents must still determine if the
accrediting body itself is legitimate.
Useful to schools for marketing and recruiting.
May be helpful in some cases if putting children into a public or private high school
after homeschooling partway through high school.
Possible requirement for NCAA scholarships. (NCAA rules have recently lightened up
in this area.)
Q. What if I want to design my own curriculum or use a non-accredited program,
but am one of the rare cases where accreditation is necessary?
There are several accredited agencies that will review your course of study and issue
an accredited diploma for a fee. These programs include, but are not limited to:
Clonlara
NARHS
West River Academy
We have not used these programs personally, so cannot recommend one over the
other. As always, do your research.
Q. Is Homeschool Connections accredited?
No. Our policy is that parents are the ultimate authority in their childs education.
Non-accreditation allows us more flexibility.
Non-accreditation keeps our classes affordable for homeschool families.
Home education does not involve attending a school.
We are not a school, but an online curriculum provider.
Our focus is providing the best online curriculum for use at home, not accreditation.
As private homeschoolers, parents are the ones who provide accreditation for their
childs education.
Parents are the primary educators. The quality our classes is assured by parents, not
a 3rd party or accrediting body.
Students using Homeschool Connections are educated at home by themselves and
their parents. We merely assist the students and parents with online classes and
other services.
Q. What about transferring to a public or private high school after
homeschooling? Will lack of accreditation affect my student?

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Some high schools will ask for an accredited transcript.


If the school will not accept a students transcript, they will likely evaluate the
student using standardized testing, whether the homeschool program is accredited or
not.
If you have plans to put your child into a local site-based school, check their policy on
transfer students.
Q. Is it necessary to have attended an accredited high school or program to be
accepted to a college or university?
No. The high schools accreditation or non-accreditation status is not a factor in the
evaluation of a high school students eligibility for college admission, except in rare
cases. Check with perspective colleges if you are unsure.
A schools accredited status from any accrediting organization does not provide a
legal guarantee that a student will be accepted into any private or public institution.

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The majority of students are accepted into colleges based on an evaluation of their
application, the results of their Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College
Testing (ACT) scores, and their high school Grade Point Average (GPA).

How to

Get the Most Out of Your Live,


Interactive Classes
Here are some tips to help you and your child prepare for Homeschool
Connections classes and get the most out of them.

Make sure you have the necessary equipment: A headset with microphone; high
speed internet; and a computer
Check the course details and collect any course materials that need to be purchased
well in advance.
Read the Welcome Message when you first sign into your Moodle account. There are
helpful links on how to submit homework, complete a quiz, message your teacher,
etc.
Parents need to follow up on homework and keep track of grades. As with any
homeschooling program, self-discipline and parental follow up is important.
All classes are recorded. Recorded classes are uploaded to the course page at Moodle
within 24 hours. If a class is missed: notify the instructor and watch the class
recording.
If homework will be late due illness or other unforeseen problem, notify the instructor
ASAP.
You can plug the computer into the television if youd like to watch together with your
family.
Prepare a notebook for the course to write notes while participating in the classes.
Also use the notebook for homework. Review as needed.
Find a comfortable place and make sure you have everything you need for class
before you start: pencil, paper, textbook, water, etc.
Make sure distractions are kept to a minimum during class time.
Use a headset to help block outside noises. The headset should have a working
microphone so students can speak in class if needed.
If you have wireless Internet, ask others in the household to refrain from Internet use
during class time. This will open up more bandwidth so the class will stream
smoothly.
If review is needed, class recordings can be watched multiple times. You can fast
forward or backup as you watch. Class recordings are available to you for 6 months
after your course is completed.
Take advantage of additional support materials if offered. These can include websites,
reading materials, videos, etc.
All courses have a Course Completion Certificate at the end. Once your child
completes the course to your satisfaction, print out the certificate and complete it.
Then file for your records.
Record grades immediately upon completion. For transcript and diploma forms, visit
http://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/homeschool-forms.

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Email us at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com if you have any questions or ever


need help.

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Student Expectations for Live, Interactive Courses

A. Classroom Etiquette
1. The Classroom. Our Adobe classroom is a real classroom. It is a formal setting, and good
manners are expected both in the chat box and when on the microphone. You are expected
to treat your fellow students as you would like to be treated, which includes kind posts and
responses that do not demean, ridicule, or present a negative attitude that is detrimental to
the subject we are talking about or to a person, present or absent. Treat your instructor and
monitor with respect.
2. Chat
a. Before Class. Chatting before class starts is both appropriate and encouraged. Before
class chat is a great time to get to know your classmates and make friends around the
globe!
b. During Class. Once the class has begun, all chat is to stay on topic and addressed to the
instructor. If you and another student chat together in the chat box regarding a side topic,
class will be stopped and you'll be asked to stop the chat.
c. Recorded Chat. Everything you write in the box will be viewable in the future by the
instructor, your parent(s), and fellow students. If inappropriate chat continues, you'll be
asked to leave the class. That said, lively, positive chat that's on-topic (and moves what
we're learning in class forward) is wholeheartedly encouraged!
3. Technical Problems. If you have a technical problem during class, address the issue to
the course monitor.

B. Deadlines
1. Deadlines are Firm. Assignments are due on the date noted in the course.
2. Late Assignments. Late assignments are graded at the discretion of the instructor;
there is no guarantee late assignments will be graded.
3. Exceptions for Turning in a Late Assignment. If you have an extenuating
circumstance (illness, death of a relative, etc.), if at all possible, please notify your instructor
before the deadline to let him or her know you need an extension.

C. Grades

1. Grading Services. Most courses provide grading by the instructor. See the course
description for details.
2. Feedback. Some homework assignments will receive feedback and comments
appropriate to the assignment, to help you grow your skills in the subject.
3. Grade Records. Your grades are posted in Moodle, and you can access your grades
there. You will have access to your grades for six months after the course is completed. The
instructor does not keep record of your grades aside from the Moodle system.
4. Tracking Course Progress. It is the parents' responsibility to track a student's progress,
including making sure assignments are turned in properly and on time.
5. Grade Records. Parents are the ultimate authority in their homeschool and assign the
final grade on the student's transcript. Free homeschool forms, including record keeping
forms, can be found at www.homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/homeschool-forms.

D. Communication (Questions, Comments, and Concerns)


1. Course Content
a. Contacting the Instructor. All questions about course content and student performance
should be directed to the instructor. Instructors will respond within 24 hours, with the
exception of Sundays, holy days, and breaks. Your instructor's email address can be found
on the Moodle course page. If you have trouble locating it, you can
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b. Timely Emails. Send your questions sooner than later. Instructors most likely will not be
able to answer questions about an assignment if you send the email the day before the
assignment is due. Be responsible by working on your assignments many days before their
due date.
2. Technical Problems. Direct all technical problems with Adobe Connect or Moodle to
homeschoolconnections@gmail.com. (Your instructor may not be knowledgeable about
technical issues.)
3. Proper Emails. Because this is an educational course and not Twitter, Facebook, or
instant messaging, address your correspondence "Dear Professor ..." Within the body of your
email, use proper grammar, refrain from using slang, and sign your email with your full
name.
4. Labeling Emails
a. Full Information Needed. When you have a question about content or an assignment,
be sure to note the week and specific name of the content you're addressing. Give enough
details so both the question and the area from which it came is clear.
b. The Subject Line. Because instructors often teach a number of courses, be sure to put
the name of your course in the subject line of your email. This helps your instructor go to the
content quickly and address your question in a timely way.

E. Academic Dishonesty (Cheating and Plagiarism)


1. Plagiarism Defined
a. A Detailed Definition. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, taking someone else's
assignment and submitting it as your own; paraphrasing the ideas of another author without
giving the name and source; submitting papers from the Internet as your own; and providing
your work to another student to be copied (supporting plagiarism).
b. Theft and Lying. Plagiarism and cheating defraud the instructor of the opportunity to
assess your work and ability. They are acts of theft and lying.
2. Cheating Defined
a. A Detailed Definition. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, using memory aids
during tests or quizzes without the instructor's expressed permission; using
summaries/commentaries (Spark Notes, Cliff Notes, etc.) instead of reading the required
works; accessing answer keys before completing homework or taking a test/quiz; copying
another student's homework; and using the computer/internet to translate your
language assignment.
b. Help on Assignments. Having another person, student, friend, or family member assist
with the work (beyond what has been expressed in the class as acceptable help) is also
considered cheating.
3. Grading and Academic Dishonesty
The first incident of academic dishonesty results in an F for the assignment. Your parents will
be notified, and you'll be placed on academic probation. The second incident results in
expulsion from the course without a refund.

CONCLUSION
We hope these policies will help you be successful in your academic career and beyond. We
are always open to your questions and suggestions, so please never hesitate to email your
instructor or Homeschool Connections if you need clarification or have concerns.

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