Liberal Arts Level 7: Upper-School Classics of Christendom Literature

Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: 11–12 (see placement details below)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Price: $595.00

Course Section
Section 1:
 T/Th 12:30 p.m. ET with Mr. Lockridge

History/Literature Discount: Save $195 when you enroll in this course and the corresponding history course! The discount will be applied automatically to your shopping cart when you add both courses.

Joint Enrollment: This course is offered as a joint-enrollment class between Scholé Academy and St. Raphael School. Students from both schools are welcome and encouraged to enroll in this dynamic upper-level course.

This course introduces high school students to some of the classical literary texts or Great Books of the medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation. While studying these classics, students explore the ideas, events, and cast of characters that molded the social, political, religious, scientific, economic, and technological history from the Middle Ages through the Reformation.

While this course primarily features literary study, it also integrates some study from medieval and Renaissance history, helping students to see and enjoy the integration of both history and literature. In this upper-school course, students will seek and examine the virtue and wisdom in these Great Books, while also noting the ways in which the authors influence one another and participate in the “Great Conversation” of Western civilization.

Students are asked to consider and engage carefully crafted questions as their window into “the Great Conversation.” Occasionally, the teacher will present historical context through brief lectures, but all other classes are seminar-style discussions on the classical texts. Students are assessed for their curiosity, participation, and diligence during discussions, as well as by means of short response papers, essays, and occasional quizzes.

This class is  paired with our high school course Classics of Christendom History, taught by the same teacher and scheduled back to back with that course in a “block.” Students who take both courses receive a discount. This course may also be taken as a stand-alone history study.

Placement

This course is suitable for rising 11th–12th graders. Students are expected to have strong reading and writing skills as well as the interest and capacity for engaging in discussion about literature and history. Students enrolling in this course are expected to:

  • Read at or above a 10th-grade level
  • Compose paragraphs and basic essays with confidence
  • Use a planner and track assignment progress
  • Listen, take notes, and be willing to engage in group discussions (extroversion not required!)
  • Type sufficiently well to transcribe paragraphs without frustration
  • Possess basic computer skills—browsing, accessing assignments, scanning, emailing, and managing files without significant help from parents
  • Have some exposure to medieval history and taken a course in the Great Books of antiquity
  • Click here to view how this course fits into the St. Raphael School Liberal Arts curriculum scope and sequence.

Syllabus: Coming soon.

How much time will students spend on homework?
This varies by student according to his or her pace. However, students are generally assigned about 1.5–2.5 hours of reading each week. Additional time may be required to supplement their own studying and paper or project development.

How does this course compare to the middle-school medieval literature course?
The chief differences between the middle-school and upper-school levels for this course are noted below. While there will be some overlap of content taught, the upper-school course will be much more challenging and assume a more mature student with more background knowledge and greater reading, writing, and scholarship facility.

How is faith integrated with these courses?
These seminar-style discussions unfold organically. One could approach the texts with a focus on defensive critiques of classical authors. By contrast, we seek to read charitably. We treat classic authors as if they were friends, gleaning every available truth while also examining them from a robustly Christian perspective.

*Required Texts:

  • Boethius, On the Consolation of Philosophy
  • Musa, The Portable Dante OR individual volumes with notes (these are the exact same translation; both are unabridged; the individual volumes are highly annotated with explanatory notes that are absent in the “Portable” single-volume edition)
    • Musa, Inferno
    • Musa, Purgatory
    • Musa, Paradise
  • Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (Hackett Classics)
  • Shakespeare, Hamlet (Folger edition)
  • Shakespeare, Macbeth (Folger edition)
  • Shakespeare, Sonnets (Folger edition)
  • Milton, Paradise Lost (Hackett Classics)

*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. alockridge@scholeacademy.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend 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.

Red checkmarkHigh-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 a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: 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

Red checkmarkZoom: 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.

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To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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