Upper School Medieval Islam Reading Club (Summer Course)
Term: Summer 2019, August 5–28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 9–12
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
Section 1: M/W 10:00 a.m. ET with Mr. Lockridge
Islam is the world’s second largest religion, and it is the fastest growing major religion in the world. Scholars project that the number of adherents to Islam will equal the number of Christians by the year 2050. This development raises many questions. What are the origins of Islam? What does the religion teach? What do modern Christians need to know about Islam to interpret current events and understand Muslim believers?
To help address some of these questions, the reading group will study Karen Armstrong’s Islam: A Short History. Mr. Lockridge, teacher of Scholé Academy’s Upper School Medieval History course, will provide necessary background information and draw connections to other events in world history. Book discussions will focus on tracing the historical development of Islam and understanding the core theological concepts of the religion. In the last couple of sessions, we will also consider how Christian students can prepare themselves to respond to the contemporary challenge of Islam.
This book club is suitable for all interested Upper School students; it could be particularly helpful for students who have taken or are preparing to take Upper School Medieval History, as well as Rhetoric students who wish to address contemporary issues related to Islam and the Middle East.
Syllabus: Click here to view the course syllabus.
- Islam: A Short History, by Karen Armstrong
*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 processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending 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 an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps 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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