Paideia Fellowship’s online academy helps you, the homeschool mom, provide the classical education you desire to give your children.
In the Paideia Fellowship Online High School humanities program, your student will read the great books and ideas of our world. They will learn to hear the voice of the author and his ideas. They will reach beyond the everyday world in which they live, and learn to recognize and appreciate truth, goodness, and beauty where it may be found, even in sometimes surprising places. (C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves) Your student will learn to embody and discuss what they have beheld and read through discussion, writing, projects, recitations, and most hopefully, through life. Ultimately our prayer is that this pursuit would invite students to encounter
2019-2020 Course Offerings
- Early Modern Humanities + Logic & Rhetoric
Early Modern Humanities Quick Facts
- Who: High Schoolers 9th-12th grades; Taught by Jennifer Dow; Adults and Audit students are welcome.
- What: Early Modern Times Humanities
- Credits: 1 English Credit (Literature + Rhetoric and Logic); 1 History Credit; 1/2 Civics & Government Credit (second 1/2 can be earned the following year)
- When: Late-August, 2019 – Mid-May, 2020; Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday from 10:00 am – 11:15 am
- Breaks: Fall break 10/21; Thanksgiving 11/25-11/29; Christmas 12/16-1/7; MLK Day 1/20; late winter break 3/2; Easter/Pascha 4/6-4/17
- Where: Zoom Video Conference & Canvas Virtual Classroom
Early Modern Humanities Course Description & Book Selections
Your student will be slowly led through how to read and think clearly about literature. They will gain the knowledge they need to understand the literary tradition from which each book was written and how to read each work according to its nature. They will learn to express their experience and understanding of each book and its ideas through writing, discussion, and other projects.
- Paradise Lost
- Metaphysical Poets
- Gullivers Travels
- Neo-Classical Poets
- Pride & Prejudice
- Romantic Poets
- Selected Fine Art & Music
History + Civics & Government
In history, your student will study early modern American and European history, their governments, primary documents, and how each was influenced by the ancient and medieval generations that preceded them. They will learn how to notice different modes of inquiry in the various works they read. Students will respond to the reading through writing, discussions, notebooking, and projects.
- The Roots of American Order, by Russell Kirk
- Winston Churchill’s The History of the English Speaking People (Selections)
- Church History in Plain Language, by Bruce Shelley (4th Edition)
- Civics & Government Resource: TBD
- Selections from ‘Opposing Viewpoints in American History Volume 1’
- Selected speeches, poems, essays, and primary documents
- Selected Fine Art & Music
Logic & Rhetoric/Composition
Through the liberal arts of logic and rhetoric, your student will begin to master the skills of seeking and embodying truth, goodness, and beauty through reason (logic), persuasive writing (rhetoric), and classroom discourse (logic & rhetoric). The study of logic and rhetoric draws on the content learned in history and literature to offer a harmonious educational experience.
- Memoria Press Traditional Logic I
- Lost Tools of Writing Level I (5th Edition)
- Grammar Reference of your choice. If you would like a suggestion, we recommend Harvey’s Grammar or Our Mother Tongue by Nancy Wilson.
About the Teacher
Jennifer Dow has completed the CiRCE Apprenticeship program as a CiRCE certified Classical Teacher and has taught high school humanities, logic, rhetoric, and the fine arts since 2009 throughout the local and online homeschool community. Jennifer researches, writes, and speaks about classical teaching, serves as the director of the Paideia Fellowship Homeschool Community, teaches online at St. Raphael School and the CiRCE Academy, works with Classical Academic Press on the Schole Groups team, and is the co-host of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. She is currently working on her first book, a memoir about her journey to becoming a classical teacher, her book is to be published by the CiRCE Institute