MODG High School Credit Courses

For a detailed course description of these courses go to the appropriate grade level at www.motherofdivinegrace.org

Math: 8th grade: Algebra ½ (9th grade Intro to Algebra) Teacher: Cindy Gentile Text: Saxon Algebra 1/2 Homeschool Kit Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week 9th grade: Algebra 1 Teacher: Cindy Gentile Text: Saxon Algebra 1 Homeschool Kit Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week 10th grade: Geometry Teacher: Cassy Gilliam Text: Jacob’s Geometry; Teacher’s Manual and Test Booklet Fee: $8/week; $4/sibling/week 11th grade: Algebra 2 Teacher: Jason Bolte Text: Saxon Algebra 2 Homeschool Kit (2nd edition) Fee: none 12th grade: Advanced Math Lab: Geom, Trig, & Alg 3/PreCalculus Teacher: Walter Nelsen Text: Saxon Advanced Math Homeschool Kit Fee: none Math Lab: Algebra 1/Algebra 2 Teacher: Lisa Hawkins Fee: none

History & Lit:

9th grade: US History & Geography and American Literature (2 credits): This course studies US history from a Catholic perspective which is often not taught in history classes. The course is dual credit for history and literature in that many supplementary books are read (15) and various styles of papers are written on the historical time periods studied. Teacher: Paula Brown Texts: Christ and the Americas, by Anne Carroll, Atlas of United States History, by Hammond, Supplementary Materials; Mother of Divine Grace US History & Geography and American Literature Syllabus Fee: $8/week; $4/sibling/week 10th grade: Ancient History & Geography and Ancient Literature (2 credits) Teacher: Rachel Brown/Greg Webb Texts: The Founding of Christendom, by Warren H. Carroll; The Bible; Atlas of Classical History; Supplementary Materials; Mother of Divine Grace Syllabus for Ancient History & Geography and Ancient Literature Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week 11th grade: Medieval European History & Geography and Medieval European Literature (2 credits) Teacher: David Williams Texts: Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples, edited by Commanger (This is available at Barnes and Noble Publishers. ISBN # 1566198135); A History of Medieval Spain, by Joseph O’Callaghan; The Cleaving of Christendom by Warren Carroll; Supplementary Materials; Mother of Divine Grace Syllabus for Medieval European History & Geography and Medieval European Literature Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week 12th grade: American Government & Economics (1 credit) Teacher: Greg Webb Texts: American Government in Christian Perspective, A-Beka; Economics: Work and Prosperity in Christian Perspective, A-Beka; Quiz and Tests booklets available Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week

12th grade: British Literature (1 Credit) Teacher: Rachel Brown Texts: The Harp and Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist; Beowulf; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Supplementary Materials; Mother of Divine Grace British Literature Syllabus recommended but not required Fee: $7/week; $4/sibling/week Journalism Teacher: Julie Lassiter Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week Yearbook: The St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association puts together a yearbook with the help of Mrs. Dawn Huffman. This club meets during the course of the school day for one hour, once monthly. There is no fee, but cost of the publishing are defrayed by selling ads and fundraisers. Teacher: Dawn Huffman Fee: none Grammar: 7th – 9th grade: Basic Language Principles with Latin Background: This course is one of the best methods of teaching the connection between English grammar and Latin. The student will not only develop a grasp of English grammar, but also a basic knowledge of the Latin language as well. Laura Berquist, founder of Mother of Divine Grace School, recommends all her students take this course, before moving on to grammar and composition in high school. It garners a dual credit for English and Latin in middle school, and in high school, one credit for either English or Intro to Latin. Teacher: Rita Brown Text: Basic Language Principles with Latin Background by Ruth Wilson Fee: $20/month for 9 month school year 9th grade: Grammar & Composition: In this course the student will move on to a deeper understanding of English grammar, composition, spelling and vocabulary. The composition assignments are closely tied to the written assignments in the 9th grade religion class, Faith & Morality. Teacher: Julie Lassiter Texts: Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition, Third Course; Answer Key to Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition, Third Course Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week Science:

12th grade: Health: Casti Canubii (.5 credit): In this course, the student will study the encyclical, Casti Canubii (On Christian Marriage), by Pope Pius XI. There will also be readings in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the encyclical, Humanae Vitae, by Pope Paul VI. The semester class will culminate in a research paper on a topic dealing with human life. Teacher: Paula Brown Texts: Mother of Divine Grace Health Syllabus using Casti Canubii by Pope Pius XI (found in syllabus; Catechism of the Catholic Church Fee: $8/week for 16 weeks (first semester) 9th grade: Earth Science: The texts in this course are meant to achieve four goals: 1. Learn about earth science 2. Learn how to do research 3. Learn how to write a technical essay 4. Learn how to order items according to their logical relationship Teacher: Cassy Gilliam Texts: Geology: Rocks and Minerals; Oceanography; Weather; The Solar System by Milliken Press; Astronomy for All Ages by Harrington and Pascuzzi Fee: $8/week; $4/sibling/week 10th grade: Natural History: The goals of this course are how to learn from experience and studying the powers of the soul of the living thing. Teacher: Jeanie Schulte Texts: King Solomon’s Ring by Konrad Lorenz; Fabre’s Book of Insects by Jean Henri Fabre, Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning by Clare Walker Leslie Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week 11th grade: Biology (1.5 credit) Teacher: Jeanie Schulte Texts: Exploring Creation with Biology (Text, Solutions and Tests) by Dr. Jay L. Wile; Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe (ISBN 0-684-82754-9), Humani Generis by Pope Pius XII (free to download) Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week 12th grade: Chemistry (1.5 credit) Teacher: Greg Webb Texts: Exploring Creation with Chemistry (Text and Solutions & Tests Manual) by Dr. Jay L. Wile; The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Benjamin Wiker, The Chemical History of a Candle by Michael Faraday Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week Language:

7-9th grade: Basic Language Principles with Latin Background (9th -10th grade Intro to Latin): This course is one of the best methods of teaching the connection between English grammar and Latin. The student will not only develop a grasp of English grammar, but also a basic knowledge of the Latin language as well. Laura Berquist, founder of Mother of Divine Grace School, recommends all her students take this course, before moving on to grammar and composition in high school. It garners a dual credit for English and Latin in middle school, and in high school, one credit for either English or Intro to Latin. Teacher: Rita Brown Text: Basic Language Principles with Latin Background by Ruth Wilson Fee: $20/month for 9 month school year 9th grade: Latin IA: The class will move more slowly through the Mother of Divine Grace Latin I syllabus so that by the end of the year one-half of the syllabus with be completed. This slower pace will help students solidify the Latin and help them master the material taught during the course of the year. One credit for Latin IA will be earned. Teacher: Rita Brown Texts: First Year Latin by Robert J. Henle, S.J.; Latin Grammar by Robert J. Henle, S.J.; Answer Key to First Year Latin by Robert J. Henle, S.J.; Chant Chart Set I Fee: $20/month for 9 month school year 10th grade: Latin IB: This course will continue where the Latin IA ended, completing the second half of the Mother of Divine Grace Latin I syllabus. One credit for Latin IB will be earned. Teacher: Rita Brown Texts: First Year Latin by Robert J. Henle, S.J.; Latin Grammar by Robert J. Henle, S.J.; Answer Key to First Year Latin by Robert J. Henle, S.J.; Chant Chart Set I Teacher: Rita Brown Fee: $20/month for 9 month school year 11th grade: Advance Latin Lab: This lab is designed as a tutorial for students studying the Fr. Henle Latin courses for Latin II or III. Teacher: Audrey Fischer Texts: *Latin Chant Chart Sets 1, 2, and 3; **Second Year Latin by Robert J. Henle, S.J.; Latin Grammar by Robert J. Henle. S.J.; Answer Key to Second Year Latin by Robert J. Henle, S.J.

Fee: $20/month for 9 month school year

Religion: 9th grade: Faith and Morality Teacher: Deacon Tony Falbo Texts: Chief Truths of the Faith; l Catholic Morality by Fr. John Laux; Mother of Divine Grace Faith & Morality Syllabus Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week 10th grade: Sacraments and Apologetics Teacher: David Williams Texts: Mass and the Sacraments; Catholic Apologetics by Fr. John Laux; Beginning Apologetics1 by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham; Study Guide for Beginning Apologetics 1 by Jim Burnham and Steve Wood; From Baptist to Catholic Apologist by Tim Staples (CD); Mother of Divine Grace Sacraments & Apologetics Syllabus Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week 11th grade: Introduction to the Bible Teacher: Deacon Tony Falbo Texts: Introduction to the Bible by Fr. John Laux; Ignatius Bible; Mother of Divine Grace Bible Study Syllabus Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week 12th grade: Catholic Doctrine Teacher: David Williams Texts: Following Christ in the World by Anne Carroll; Surprised by Truth by Patrick Madrid; *Rerum Novarum by Pope Leo XIII; *Aeterni Patris by Pope Leo XIII; *Humane Vitae by Pope Paul VI (*free to download); Mother of Divine Grace Catholic Doctrine Syllabus Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week

Fine Arts: Music Appreciation: Course will include a study of music theory, identifying and listening to various instruments. There will be a study of the composition of a symphonic orchestra: strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. The placement of the instruments in a symphony as well as the conductor and guest artists will also be included in the course of study. There will be quizzes

after each section studied. An optional field trip to Powell Hall, on Wed., Feb. 20 to attend “Magical Movements: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” is planned. There is no text, but students will need a notebook. Teacher: Ann Therese Mettner Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week Private Music Lessons: Private lessons will be available for piano, guitar, flute and voice. Call to schedule a time, (636) 219-6493. Instructor: Ann Therese Mettner Fee: $15/week Performing Arts: This theatre/acting class will focus greatly on the role of an actor in a theatrical production, how an actor contributes to telling the story of a play. Acting is first and foremost storytelling, and an actor is the representation of a character and a storyteller. We will focus on the basics and fundamentals of acting and character development. We will work on training our voices and our bodies to create characters. We will work with improvisation and we will work with actual play scripts and perform scenes periodically for the parents to come and see. The play scripts will often be chosen from works such as “The Miracle Worker”, “A Man for All Seasons”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Twelve Angry Men”, but the choice of scripts will depend on the age range of students. This class will often cover the history of theatre and will discuss the different roles involved in theatre such as the producer, director, stage manager, etc. Most importantly, this class will discuss what influence our faith in God plays in our work as actors and performers. We will discuss how much like the stories/parables that Jesus told, we as actors must tell of goodness and truth that will change peoples’ lives. While this course is primarily in the second semester, there will be class the first two weeks of the first semester in order to select the final play and cast. The students will be able to look over their roles and practice lines individually or as a group. Teachers: Chris O’Brien; Jason Bolte, assistant Fee: $8/week; $5/sibling/week (2nd semester)

MODG Junior High School Courses: Math:

7-8th grade: Algebra ½ Teacher: Cindy Gentile Text: Saxon Algebra ½ Homeschool Kit Fee: $8/student $5/sibling Math Lab: Algebra ½ Teacher: Lisa Hawkins Fee: none History & Geo/Lit: 8th grade Medieval History & Geography/Literature Teacher: Lisa Hawkins Text—Old World and America; Old World and America Answer Key by Fr. Philip Furlong; The Story of the Church by Fr. George Johnson, Fr. Jerome Hannan and Sr. M. Dominica; Historical Atlas of the World by Rand McNally; suggestions for many supplementary books Fee: none 7th grade Ancient History & Geography/Literature Teacher: Barb Truss Text—Old World and America; Old World and America Answer Key by Fr. Philip Furlong; Historical Atlas of the World by Rand McNally; suggestions for many supplementary books Fee: none Grammar & Language: 7th – 9th grade Basic Language Principles with Latin Background: This course is one of the best methods of teaching the connection between English grammar and Latin. The student will not only develop a grasp of English grammar, but also a basic knowledge of the Latin language as well. Laura Berquist, founder of Mother of Divine Grace School, recommends all her students take this course, before moving on to grammar and composition in high school. It garners a dual credit for English and Latin in middle school, and in high school, one credit for either English or Intro to Latin. Teacher: Rita Brown Text: Basic Language Principles with Latin Background by Ruth Wilson Fee: $20/month for 9 month school year Science: General Science Teacher: Melissa Nelsen

Texts: Exploring Creation With General Science (Text, Solutions & Tests Manual) by Dr. Jay L. Wile
Fee: none

Mission Statement The St. Gianna Catholic Homeschool Co-op is dedicated to supporting the right of Catholic parents, as primary educators of their children , to teach their children through a Catholic classical approach to education, modeled on Mother of Divine Grace School based in Ojai, CA. This approach teaches the child to think by supporting his natural love of learning, while being mindful of the child’s individual needs. Most importantly, this Catholic classical education model supports the spiritual formation of the child, helping him grow in his relationship with God. What is a classical education? Laura Berquist, founder and director of Mother of Divine Grace school explains, “Liberal education, which we also call classical education.. involves the seven liberal arts: grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. It also includes the study of nature, the soul, ethics and politics, the highest created objects, and finally that to which all the others are ordered—theology, an understanding of the divine. Liberal education in its perfection is Catholic education, for it has the same end, identically, as the Catholic faith: the highest, best, and most perfect object, God.” Why we use the Mother of Divine Grace model for the St. Gianna co-op? Mother of Divine Grace is the model from which we model our classes, as the parents who conceived the idea of a homeschool co-op at St. Gianna parish were familiar with the classical education and methodology offered by Mother of Divine Grace. It has been a successful method of Catholic education since 1995, and offers syllabi for the courses offered at St. Gianna. For more information on Mother of Divine Grace school go to www.motherofdivinegrace.org. In addition, the goal of the St. Gianna Homeschool Co-op is that parents as well as students come “to know, love and serve God in this world and to be happy with Him in heaven. “ (Baltimore Catechism) We strive to do this by

“loving God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. “ (Baltimore Catechism0