MS Humanities Year 2

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Teacher: Lee Knippenberg
Date/Time: Wednesday - 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 7th, 8th
Department: History & Social Studies
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)

Instructors: Joe and Lee Knippenberg

Grades 7 & 8

DOE course code: (7th) 23.01270 or 71.2270, (8th) 23.01370 or 71.22800

Crossing the disciplines of Literature, Philosophy and History, this course will provide advanced middle schoolers with the opportunity to read and address (both orally and in writing) many of the “great books” of western civilization.  Taught in a two-year sequence, year one covers the Ancient world through the Renaissance. This course, year 2, picks up with the Colonial period and the Enlightenment and covers America and the modern world. Each class session will have students addressing questions about the nature of the soul, society, government, good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice, all through the lens of a Christian worldview. The class will emphasize group discussion, regular writing and peer presentation. We will include film viewing and theatrical field trips where appropriate.  In addition to a basic history text, authors covered in year two may include: Donne, Hobbes, Milton, Marvell, James I, Edwards, DeFoe, Locke, Swift, Pope, Johnson, Blake, Burns, Wordsworth, Austen, Shelley (Mary), Voltaire, Irving, Rousseau, Paine, Moliere, Hume, Twain, Whitman, Ibsen, Chekhov and Miller.

Please note that, while this course is taught as a two-year sequence in order to give adequate attention to the material, year one is not a pre-requisite for year two. Students may take one or both courses in any order. 

Tuition: $60/month for nine months OR two semester payments: $240 in Sept. and 300 in Jan. All MAS and registration fees are paid in addition to tuition, regardless of payment option.  

A one-time $75 fee for the required materials packet will be due on the first class day.

Note: returning students, or students with a sibling enrolled in another Knippenberg class, receive a $5/month discount on tuition.