Upper School Student Scholarship Skills (Summer Course)
Term: Summer 2019, July 8–31
Target Grade Levels: Grades 9–12
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
Section 1: M/W 11:30 a.m. ET with Mr. Lockridge
The Upper School Study Skills summer book club will help students prepare for yearlong courses in the humanities (History, Literature, Great Books). The editor of the famous series Great Books of the Western World, Mortimer Adler, authored the best-selling How to Read a Book as a companion to reading the classics. In his “classic guide to intelligent reading,” Adler laments that formal reading instruction is often limited to basic literacy skills which are mastered by the sixth grade. This modern educational paradigm leaves students with a limited set of reading skills.
In addition to elementary reading, skillful readers learn inspectional reading, analytical reading, and syntopical reading. Students in this summer reading group will read selections from How to Read a Book; in class we will practice together the skills presented in the book using selections from The Great Books of the Western World. In this manner, students will become better prepared to tackle the wide variety of genres that they will meet in their courses—imaginative literature, poems, plays, history, philosophy, and more.
Syllabus: Click here to view the course syllabus.
- How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren
*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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