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Worldview Lab 1 - Discernment 

Instructor:  Pastor Paul Michael Raymond 
E-mail: pastor@HisGlory.us
Phone: 434-352-2667

Course Description

This course ties the worldview of 12 key thinkers to cinema and music from the post-modern era of humanistic despair.  A handful of seminal authors introduced in our Great Books series are examined in more detail with special emphasis given to their impact on popular culture.  Using a game format, students are transformed from passive consumers of post-modern movies and music to active critics able to discern the underlying philosophies.   These include the influence of humanism, eastern religion, Islam, Gnostic mystery religions of "the Synagogue of Satan," and much more.  

The textbook -- "Worldviews In Conflict" by Keven Swanson -- devotes a chapter to each of 12 philosophical "pied-pipers."  Students are required to match 17 influential movies -- Matrix, Hunger Games, etc -- with the philosopher whose worldview they represent.  Likewise, for popular songs such as Mack the Knife, Imagine, and Disturbia.  They are also required to write a critical review of several of their own selections.

  • Tuition:      $275  Premier    OR       $25 Basic
  • Mode:        Asynchronous                Self-taught, computer graded
  • Offered:     Fal                                 Spring
  • Textbook:  See above, enrolled students get 40% discount code


Worldview Lab 2 – Islamics 

Instructor:  Pastor Paul Michael Raymond 
E-mail: pastor@HisGlory.us
Phone: 434-352-2667

Course Description

This course examines Islamic history and culture from the standpoint of sharing the gospel (good news) of Christ with Muslims. Students learn to relate the love of Christ to Muslims with understanding of Muslim culture. Emphasis is placed on the presuppositional approach to apologetics in answering objections and addressing essential teachings of the Qr'an. Students learn the basic elements of the Christian gospel to include use of the law to produce conviction of sin, the sacrificial death of Christ, repentance and faith in Christ. Over 30 practical methods of evangelism are presented for use in any culture.  An evangelistic Term Project is required.

  • Tuition:    $275 Premier
  •  Mode:      asynchronous
  • Offered:   Spring
  • Textbook:  “Muslims & Christians at the Table” by Bruce A. McDowell & Anees Zaka


Worldview Lab 3

Instructor:  D.O "Oliver" Woods 
E-mail: Admin@KingsWayClassicalAcademy.com
Phone: 503-658-0385

Course Description

The goal of this course is to evaluate and integrate philosophies undergirding the history of America and the West, arriving at the student's own comprehensive Biblical worldview. The student traces streams of thought arising in Western Civilization and their influence on the emergence of American culture and the American constitutional settlement. The course summarizes and integrates Great Books courses from previous years.

This course is generally taken in the Senior year, following completion of the Great Books sequence and concurrent with the debate course. Students participate in weekly seminar interaction centered on discussion questions from "Discipling the Nations" and "Discipling Your Nation" (online). Participation in two debates, one online, and one in the local community is required. In addition the student explores his own role in Christ's Great Commission via a community practicum (where possible with a team of fellow students), with evaluation by a community mentor.

  • Tuition:       $275 Premier
  • Mode:         Asynchronous
  • Offered:     Spring
  • Textbook:   Discipling Your Nation (digital) and Developing a Biblical Worldview by Dan Smithwick

 



Debate 

Instructor:  Mr. Eric Cummings 
E-mail:  somedaysomwhere@gmail.com
Phone: 708-954-7121

Course Description

In a very real sense debate studies are the culmination of the entire classical curriculum. They require the student to integrate a broad base of knowledge, with logic processes and rhetorical skills in such a manner as to defeat an opponent’s line of argumentation. In Debate I students learn and practice the principles of formal debate using Christy Farris’ excellent handbook, An "Introduction to Argumentation and Debate."  The course requires the purchase of the handbook and accompanying videos. The videos include a lecture on the principles of debate and example of a live debate with critique. Students are required to participate in an informal, keyboard debate on the Academy Debate Forum early in the trimester before participating in a live debate tournament via a debate club or organization in their own locale.  The supplementary text, "How to Argue and Win Every Time," by Gerry Spence, adds an attorney's perspective.

  • Tuition:            $275
  • Mode:              asynchronous
  • Offered:           Spring
  • Textbook:         See above





English Composition I 

Instructor:  Mr. Eric Cummings 
E-mail:  somedaysomwhere@gmail.com
Phone: 708-954-7121

Course Description

Students learn and apply the principles of effective writing using Strunk & White's classic Elements of Style. The art of writing is explored from basic building blocks through construction of effective sentences and paragraphs, matters of organization and form, and correction of common problems.

  • Tuition:  $275
  • Mode:  Synchronous
  • Offered: Fall
  • Textbook: Elements of Style

Rhetoric  

Instructor:  Mr. Eric Cummings 
E-mail: somedaysomwhere@gmail.com
Phone: 708-954-7121

Course Description

Rhetoric I covers history and principles of classical rhetoric and a brief review of logic.  Students learn the skill of determining best structure for spoken communication (speeches, debates, arguments) and of written works of all kinds, from the sentence level, to paragraphs, to entire books. The course stresses application of the principles in the student's own speech, writing, and communication. That includes elements of the rhetorical situation and the available means of persuasion. The text "Power of Persuasion" by Peter Roise, is based primarily on classical rhetoric in Aristotle's "Art of Rhetoric" and the "Ad Herenium" and on the Bible.

  • Tuition:    $275 Premier   OR   Tuition:     $25 Basic
  • Mode:      Synchronous            Mode:      Self-taught
  • Offered:   Fall                           Offered:   Fall or Spring
  • Textbook: See above               Textbook:  See above


Writing Readiness 

Instructor:  Eric Cummings 
E-mail: Somedaysomwhere@gmail.com
Phone: 708-954-7121

Course Description

For middle-school students or  Asean professionals looking to refine their written ESL, this course is the first step.  The Elements of Style by Strunk & White is an American classic.  Though small, it covers basic principles of clarity, vigor, usage, punctuation, parts-of-speech and structure. Addresses common abuses of words, phrases, punctuation; wordiness; and the need for supporting assertions and revision.  Paired with our Latin I course it's a powerful combination for covenant children to interpret, and enjoy the Word and the world God rules.   Plus, It's been said that study of Latin cuts time to master a profession by 50%.  Simple writing exercises get you off on the "write foot."   For placement, send a sample of recent writing to Mr. Cummings.

  • Tuition:    $275 Premier   OR   Tuition:     $25 Basic
  • Mode:      Instructor                  Mode:      Self-taught
  • Offered:   Fall                           Offered:   Fall or Spring
  • Textbook: Elements of Style     Textbook:  Elements of Style