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Junior High Geography & History Courses

 


Foundations of World History

Instructor: Mrs. Susan Eggers
Email: susaneggers@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Junior High School
Min/Max#: 10/25
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: Junior High History
Tuition: $550
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During this year-long course, students will study the history of the world from Creation to the present. Each week students will read assigned passages in the history encyclopedia and complete weekly assignments based on those readings. Throughout the year, they will also explore several time periods in a more in-depth fashion through two of the Genevieve Foster books. Students will learn how to analyze the voices of the past as they read selections from writers who lived in various time periods (readings available online). They will have the opportunity to share their thoughts through class discussions, projects, and short writing assignments. The big project that students will complete is a timeline of the important events that we read about and discuss in class. This timeline will guide students to see the chronological flow of history, place events in historical context, and connect these events to broader historical themes.

Course description and class content developed by Susan Eggers for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, 2012; ISBN: 978-0753468753

Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster, ISBN: 978-0964380325

The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster, ISBN: 978-0964380387


Foundations of American History

Instructor: Mrs. Becky Frank
Email: beckyfrank@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Junior High School
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: 1 Junior High Credit
Tuition: $550
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This class is a survey of American History from European contact to the present day.  Students will use primary and secondary sources to examine people and events and to see God’s hand in American History.  Assignments are designed to cultivate an interest in history and to attempt to put students in the footsteps of men and women were there.

Course description and class content developed by Becky Frank for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Smithsonian Children’s Encyclopedia of American History by David C. King, ISBN-13: 978-1465428431

George Washington’s World by Genevieve Foster, IBSN-13: 978-0964380349

Abraham Lincoln’s World by Genevieve Foster, ISBN-13: 978-1893103160


High School Geography & History Courses


World Geography

Instructor: Mrs. Susan Eggers
Email: susaneggers@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 10/25
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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In this year-long course, students will travel the world virtually as they study both physical geography (climate, topography, landforms, map reading) and cultural geography (how people live around the world).  One great thing about geography is that it is such an interdisciplinary subject, and as such, pupils will enjoy exploring connections to other fields such as science, history, religion, economics, and others.  Each week students will complete weekly assignments that are based on readings in the textbook and in the student activities manual.  This activities manual contains written descriptions of the lives of people around the world, including accounts written by several missionaries, and map work exercises.  By the end of the school year, students will have used these maps to label all of the countries of the world, world capitals, and many bodies of water! Projects, short writing assignments, and class discussions will give students the opportunity to communicate their ideas about the different places and cultures they will study.  Advances in technology and ease of transportation have made our world seem smaller, and learning about the geography of our amazing world will help prepare students for the realities of life in the 21st century.

Course description and class content developed by Susan Eggers for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Cultural Geography, 4th edition, Bob Jones University Press; ISBN: 978-1-60682-499-3

Cultural Geography Student Activities, 4th edition, Bob Jones University Press; ISBN: 978-1-60682-617-1


World History

Instructor: Mrs. Susan Eggers
Email: susaneggers@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 10/25
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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In this year-long survey course, students will study world history from Creation to the present.  Using our textbook as the foundation of the course, history will come alive as students read selections from many key figures of the past, from Homer and Augustine to Montesquieu and Marx.  Readings also include brief eyewitness accounts about events and people such as Charlemagne, the French Revolution, and the Vietnam War.  These sources and others are available in the student activities manual and online.  Students will complete assignments based on readings each week.  In addition to these weekly assignments, other coursework such as projects, map work, timelines, and class discussions will allow students to share their ideas about events and people that have shaped world history.  This course will also include several short writing assignments, including paragraphs and essays based on common readings, and one short research paper (due in the spring).  Important skills that students will learn in the research process are critical thinking, finding primary and secondary sources, conducting research and note taking, developing and defending a thesis, and writing a history research paper.

Course description and class content developed by Susan Eggers for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

World History, 4th edition, Bob Jones University Press; ISBN: 978-1-60682-118-3

World History: Student Activities, 4th edition, Bob Jones University Press; ISBN: 978-1-60682-190-9


United States History

Instructor: Mrs. Becky Frank
Email: beckyfrank@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Group 1: CLOSED
Group 2: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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If you think American History is a collection of boring facts about dead people and endless dates to memorize, hold on to your hats. American History is full of fascinating stories about real people and extraordinary events. The textbook is the foundation, but the lectures go far beyond the textbook concepts and facts. Believers are called to be “salt and light” in our culture, and this class will equip students to be more effective as citizens, future voters, and even future leaders of our country.

Course description and class content developed by Becky Frank for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

A Beka United States History: Heritage of Freedom. 3rd edition, ASIN: B008T58H1M


History of Modern Times (1815 – present)

Instructors: Gene Doremus (Lt Col, USAF retired)
Email: genedoremus@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/15
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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The last two-hundred years has been a search for Shangri-La. After Napoleon, politicians, poets, clergyman, philosophers, historians, and others had ideas of what it would take to create heaven on earth. Various ideologies became institutionalized throughout the western world. This course examines what was tried, how it played out, and what was the result. We know, of course, much went wrong. This period of history is awash with pain and suffering beyond imagination.

What is the Christian to think? Is Christianity the answer to the world’s problems? If yes, then has it changed things? Can we discern God’s redemption plan as we study modern history? We will discuss these topics all along the way.

This course is for thinkers. Students will analyze, synthesize, form opinions, and support those opinions with sound arguments.

Course description and class content developed by Gene Doremus for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

World History by BJUP, ISBN: 978-1-60682-118-3

World History Student Activities Workbook by BJUP, ISBN: 978-1-60682-190-9


The American Civil War

Instructor: Mrs. Becky Frank
Email: beckyfrank@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School
Min/Max#: 5/25
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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This class is an in-depth study of the American Civil War – beginning with an examination of the social, political, and economic causes of the war and ending with the surrenders at Appomattox and Bentonville and their immediate aftermath. We will study soldiers and civilians. We will look at the lives of leaders, politicians, and every day folk on both sides of the conflict. Students will be encouraged to think critically and look at the issues from different perspectives.

Course description and class content developed by Becky Frank for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

The Civil War by Bruce Catton, ISBN: 0618001875


Revolutions and their Consequences

Instructor: Mrs. Susan Eggers
Email: susaneggers@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 4:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 10/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Since ancient times, revolutions have been part of the history of our world.  While some of these revolutions had little lasting effect, others succeeded in changing the world.  In this class, students will study four different revolutions, the American, French, Russian, and Chinese.  What made these revolutions so … revolutionary?  What were the ideologies that sparked these revolutions?  Did these revolutions have anything in common?  What were some of the short- and long-term consequences of these ideas and actions?  In this course, student work will be assessed through weekly assignments based on readings from both primary and secondary sources and through a project where they will choose one of these world revolutions to explore in-depth.  Students will be challenged to think deeply about these revolutions and their consequences and to share their thoughts with their classmates both during live class and through discussions in our class pages in PowerSchool.  Since discussion will play an important aspect of this class, a working microphone is necessary for this class.

Course description and class content developed by Susan Eggers for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

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WWII: Stories & Analysis

Instructors: Gene Doremus (Lt Col, USAF retired)
Email: genedoremus@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/15
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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World War II defined a generation and created the world as we know it. Today’s global dynamics saw their origins in the numerous battles, strategies, outcomes, and, most importantly, the policies crafted at the end of the conflict. WWII has fascinated both students and historians, and with good reason. The complexities of the conflict posit the question: is this humanity’s finest hour, or rather is it humankind’s lowest point? Perhaps it is WWII’s cataclysmic clash of fundamental ideas that continually draws scholars and theorists back. While many understand that worldview permeates all things and that ideas and thoughts have consequences, how does this particular conflict demonstrate this fundamental truth?

In this course, students will wrestle with and analyze the philosophies, the acts, and the events that surround this conflict. Pupils will delve into the Allied response and intervention as a result of conflicting worldviews, and they will learn why failure to stop the spread of radical ideas necessitated such a policy and action. Students will use some of the best resources available to explore this topic, including a self-published workbook by Lt. Col. (USAF ret.) Doremus. This class is highly interactive, so be prepared to engage with each other and to have fun!

Course description and class content developed by Gene Doremus for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:
Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy – ISBN 0-393-03925-0
World War II: The Autobiography by Jon E. Lewis – ISBN 978-0-7624-3735-1
Hitler’s Cross by Erwin W. Lutzer – ISBN 978-0-8024-0850-1
WWII Student Workbook by Gene Doremus – order information provided prior to first class session


Aviation History: da Vinci to Unmanned Flight

Instructors: Gene Doremus (Lt Col, USAF retired)
Email: genedoremus@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Thursdays at 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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The invention of the airplane, just over one-hundred years ago, has truly changed our lives. And to think where we have come in such a short period of time is amazing. Today we have pilots sitting in a module in Nevada, remotely flying and dropping bombs on an enemy in Iraq. We have huge cargo airplanes landing on a dirt runway in remote Africa.

This course examines the incredible journey of manned flight. We start with the story of the Wright Brothers and then move through the past one-hundred years studying the people, places, and events that pushed the science of flight from one advancement to another. Much of the course centers on the warplane, since it was war that drove many changes. However, commercial aviation is not neglected; we’ll learn about the early airline industry and how it transformed into a fast, safe, reliable way to travel.

This is not a science class, but we will dig into some of the science that makes the story of the airplane so remarkable. Be prepared for some fun outdoor activities as we attempt to connect with the courageous and persistent inventors of flight!

Course description and class content developed by Gene Doremus for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:
Textbook: A Journey into Aviation History – ISBN: 0-536-33383-1
Workbook: History of Airpower – Student Workbook. Buy here: www.createspace.com/5960044

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