Upper-School Classics of Christendom Literature
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 11–12 (see placement details below)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: T/Th 12:30 p.m. ET with Mr. Lockridge
History/Literature Discount: Save $195 when you enroll in this course and the corresponding history course! The discount will be applied automatically to your shopping cart when you add both courses.
Joint Enrollment: This course is offered as a joint-enrollment class between Scholé Academy and St. Raphael School. Students from both schools are welcome and encouraged to enroll in this dynamic upper-level course.
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- students who are new to Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
- students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
This course introduces high school students to some of the classical literary texts or “great books” of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation. While studying these classics, students explore the ideas, events, and cast of characters that molded the social, political, religious, scientific, economic, and technological history from the Middle Ages through the Reformation.
While this course primarily features literary study, it also integrates some study from Medieval and Renaissance history, helping students to see and enjoy the integration of both history and literature. In this upper school course, students will seek and examine the virtue and wisdom in these great books, while also noting the ways in which the authors influence one another and participate in the “Great Conversation” of western civilization.
Students are asked to consider and engage carefully crafted questions as their window into “the Great Conversation.” Occasionally, the teacher will present historical context through brief lectures, but all other classes are seminar-style discussions on the classical texts. Students are assessed for their curiosity, participation, and diligence during discussions, as well as by means of short response papers, essays, and occasional quizzes.
This class is paired with our high school course Classics of Christendom History, taught by the same teacher and scheduled back-to-back with that course in a “block.” Students who take both courses receive a discount. This course may also be taken as a standalone history study.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
This course is suitable for rising 11th–12th graders. Students are expected to have strong reading and writing skills as well as the interest and capacity for engaging in discussion about literature and history. Students enrolling in this course are expected to:
- Read at or above a tenth-grade level
- Compose paragraphs and basic essays with confidence
- Use a planner and tracks assignment progress
- Listen, take note, and be willing to engage in group discussions (extroversion not required!)
- Type sufficiently well to transcribe paragraphs without frustration
- Possess basic computer skills—browsing, accessing assignments, scanning, e-mailing, and managing files without significant help from parents
- Have some exposure to medieval history and taken a course in the Great Books of Antiquity
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
How much time will students spend on homework?
This varies by student according to his or her pace. However, students are generally assigned about 1.5–2.5 hours of reading each week. Additional time may be required to supplement their own studying and paper or project development.
How does this course compare to the middle school medieval literature course?
The chief differences between the middle school and upper school levels for this course are noted below. While there will be some overlap of content taught, the upper school course will be much more challenging and assume a more mature student with more background knowledge and greater reading, writing, and scholarship facility.
How is faith integrated with these courses?
These seminar-style discussions unfold organically. One could approach the texts with a focus on defensive critiques of classical authors. By contrast, we seek to read charitably. We treat classic authors as if they were friends, gleaning every available truth while also examining them from a robustly Christian perspective.
At Scholé Academy, we have carefully considered how we should engage our contemporary culture as those who believe that Christ is the Truth (John 14:6), and that all truth has its source in him. We think it is important to provide our upper school students (in grades 7-12) with tools and opportunities for critically examining various cultural trends, issues and mores through the lens of orthodox, Christian beliefs. Being confident in the truth revealed to us in creation, the Scriptures, and the tradition of the church, we are not afraid to follow the truth and its implications nor to address error and falsehood. … Read more about our Faith & Culture.
Literature texts (pre-made Amazon list here)
- Boethius, On the Consolation of Philosophy 978-0140447804
- Musa, The Divine Comedy**
- Option 1: The Portable Dante 978-0142437544
- Option 2: Three-volume Musa translation
- Musa, Inferno 978-0142437223
- Musa, Purgatory 978-0140444421
- Musa, Paradise 978-0140444438
- Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (Hackett Classics) 978-0872207547
- Shakespeare, Hamlet (Folger edition) 978-0743477123
- Shakespeare, Macbeth (Folger edition) 978-0743477109
- Shakespeare, Sonnets (Folger edition) 978-0671722876
- Milton, Paradise Lost (Hackett Classics) 978-0872207332
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Adam Lockridge, mentor teacher, is an experienced classical educator who was raised in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. It was there that he met his wife, Rachel, who continues to be his greatest blessing and encouragement. They met in high school and were married as students at the University of Kansas, where Adam studied philosophy and Rachel studied art education. In addition to studying together at KU, Rachel and Adam spent their second year of marriage as Fellows at the Trinity Forum Academy in Maryland. He later taught upper-school humanities at a classical school in Tennessee for seven years. At KU, Adam was first exposed to many of the writers who would later inspire his teaching—especially Plato and the other Greek philosophers. He went on to complete his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Memphis. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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