Medievals & Renaissance
In this program, students in 9th- 12th grades, will reach beyond their everyday world and learn to recognize and appreciate truth, goodness, and beauty in the great books, art, ideas, and nations of our vast and diverse world. In response, students will discuss, write, create, recite, and contemplate.
In literature, students will learn to carefully read a variety of genres centered in Medieval and Renaissance Times. They will gain the knowledge they need to understand the books, the times, and how to read them according to their nature. They will learn to express their experience and understanding through writing, discussion, and other projects.
In history, students will study Medieval and Renaissance history centered around the great nations circling the Silk Roads (The Mediterranean, Middle East, India, and Greater Asia). They will learn how to notice different modes of inquiry in the various works they read. They will learn how to trace the political, cultural, geographical, and philosophical history of the various nations we study. Students will respond to their reading through writing, discussions, notebooking, and projects.
In writing, students study classical rhetoric. In classical rhetoric, students learn how to master coming up with what to write about, arranging their writing appropriately, and expressing their ideas in the most fitting and beautiful way. The content of their writing is whatever they are studying in history, literature, and philosophy.
Logic/Philosophy is an integrated and hands-on class. Rather than working through a specific curriculum, students will learn about and practice the skills of logic and philosophy by closely reading and responding to articles, essays, and works of philosophy related to the literature and history, in community, and with the guidance of the teacher.
In Oratory, students learn how to become intimate with shorts selections of writing, how to get an empathetic sense of the piece, how to memorize it, and how to perform it in a way that embodies the truth of the piece. Students practice this with selections from literature, speeches, plays, and poems and perform their selections at various times throughout the year.
- The Inferno, by Dante Alighieri
- Purgatory, by Dante Alighieri
- Paradise, by Dante Alighieri
- The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius
- Poetry by Rumi and other Eastern Medieval and Renaissance poets
- Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
- World History centered around the Medieval Silk Road. (Specific Works TBD)
- Selected fine art, music, myths, speeches, poems, essays, and primary documents
- Logic/Philosophy (Boethius, select essays, speeches, and articles)
- The appropriate Rhetoric Level for your student.
- Rhetoric I: Intro to Classical Rhetoric (Teacher: Mrs. Angela Burke)
- Rhetoric II: The Judicial & Ceremonial Address (Teacher: Ms. Jennifer Dow)
- Rhetoric III: The Deliberative Address (Teacher: Ms. Jennifer Dow)
(Teacher: Ms. Jennifer Dow)
Note: Your student will be placed in the appropriate rhetoric level based on the assessment of the teacher and course availability. Rhetoric III will only be made available if enough students are interested, otherwise, all students will be placed in Rhetoric Level I or II.
Who: 9th – 12th-grade students. (9th graders can enroll in either the middle school or high school program, depending on their skill level.)
When: Monday- Thursday 11:00am – 12:15pm EST (8:00-9:15am PST; 4:00-5:15pm GMT)
Calendar: 33-weeks, August 23, 2021 – May 27th, 2022; Parent Orientation: Tuesday, August 17th, 2021. Student Orientation: To be communicated by the teacher by the end of July 2021.
– Labor Day Holiday: Monday, September 6th, 2021
– Fall Break: October 11th – 15th, 2021
– Thanksgiving Break: November 22nd – 26th, 2021
– Nativity/New Years Break: December 20th, 2021 – January 7th, 2022
– Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: January 17th, 2022
– Winter Break: Monday, February 21st – Friday, February, 25th, 2022
– Easter/Pascha Break: April 11th – April 22nd, 2022
– Memorial Day Holiday: Monday, May 30th, 2022
Where: Zoom for Live Classes & Canvas for our Virtual Classroom
Teachers: Ms. Jennifer Dow and Mrs. Angela Burke
- 5 hours of Live Classes (Instruction, Discussion, and Community) Weekly (1hr 15min daily, M-Th)
- Weekly Threaded Written Discussions in our virtual classroom
- All Classes Recorded and available in our virtual classroom.
- All assignments, materials, and class correspondence available in our virtual classroom.
- All syllabi, assignments, projects, teaching, assessment, and record-keeping completed by the teacher.
- Transcripts and course descriptions made available at the end of the year for each student
- Total High School Classes/Credits: 3 High School Credits
1. English/Literature, 1 Core Credit
2. World History, Medieval 1 Core Credit
3. Philosophy/Logic, 0.5 Elective Credit
4. Oratory, 0.5 Elective Credit
Tuition: $1747 (One price, 5 Classes, One Program)
Pay all at once, by the semester, or in 10 monthly installments.
Seats Available: 16
High School FAQ
What is a Good/Great Books-style humanities program?
A Good/Great Books-style humanities program means the ideas and the literature lead. Practically this means that more time will be spent on the literature and in coaching writing and reading skills. History will be present for sure, but there may be shorter discussions or class time devoted to the specific historical topics. Whenever possible the class will seek to see the common thread of ideas woven through both the history and the literature and respond to these ideas with writing, discussion, and other projects or activities.
Does my High School student need their own books?
Yes, especially the literature books, and a student planner. Students may be asked to take notes in their books or highlight a variety of passages. They need their own copies of books so they can do these things.
Does my student need to take additional literature, history, and writing courses?
We ask that you not sign your student up for additional core classes in these areas. In our experience, extra courses in these areas tax a student unnecessarily.
If you would like to give your student some independent study to make the course an honors level course, we do provide several quality suggestions that work with our course and educational philosophy in the PFHC Learning Guide.
How much time will my student spend working outside of class?
High School students can expect to spend around 7-10 hours per week outside of class on their work for this class. If students are taking longer we can work with your students to refine their focus and study skills throughout the year.
How do you handle grades and transcripts?
High School mentors/teachers will assess your student’s work in two ways. First, by using a mark of complete or incomplete with written feedback about what to improve. Second, they will employ the use of rubrics and traditional grades where fitting. If a student receives an incomplete and they turned it in on time, they have the opportunity to fix their error and turn it back in, for a complete. Parents will receive an end-of-semester report that outlines all of the completes, in-completes, and late work. At the end of the year, the teacher will translate everything into a concise transcript with letter grades. Parents can choose whether to share that grade with their students.
What classes do I need to teach at home? Do you have suggestions for online or local classes for these additional courses?
- Foreign Language
- Additional Electives, as needed
Note: As much as possible, a liberal arts course of study should include, Living Books on a variety of topics, related and integrated into the above studies, and written & oral narrations in response to readings in the number of at least 1 per day.
Remedial Work (If Still Needed)
- Spelling (if still needed)
- Handwriting & typing (if still needed)
- Formal grammar (if still needed)
At the Paideia Fellowship, we recommend the local dual enrollment programs to help fill in the other classes students need to take locally. Online, we recommend the Classical Learning Resource Center, which offers almost every class you could think of, The Raphael School, which offers Greek and Orthodox Catechesis, Polymath Classical Tutorials, which offer outstanding liberal art mathematics classes, and Memoria Press Online Academy as well as The Schole Academy, by Classical Academic Press, both of which offer a large variety of classes.
The PFHC Learning Guide provides more tips and suggested resources that follow the Classical and Charlotte Mason traditions.
What do you suggest for annual and college entrance testing?
The PFHC recommends Woodcock-Johnson Testing to comply with state Annual testing laws if it is required in your state. For Information about PSAT (usually in 9th grade) and SAT/ACT (usually in 10th-12th grades) visit collegeboard.com for info and testing locations. With that said there is a new standardized test that many colleges are now accepting in place of the SAT and ACT, which aligns with our values and course of study more than the ACT and SAT. It is called the Classic Learning Test (CLT). You can read more about it on its website, Classic Learning Test, and see which colleges are currently accepting it and how to prepare for it.
What supplies will my 9th-12th Grade student need for PFHC?
You will receive a complete and finalized book and supply list no later than August 1st.
Can you tell me more about PFHC’s approach to writing?
Students at Paideia Fellowship Homeschool Community will receive consistent and developmentally appropriate instruction and assessment in the art, practice, and particulars of writing, rhetoric, and logic from 1st -12th grades. Instruction in writing begins with narration and ends with classical rhetoric. A complete outline of the language skills taught in each class is provided in the PFHC learning guide.