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LIST OF SPRING COURSES  

COURSES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS  

How to be an Excellent Student: Note Taking, Test Taking, and How to Get an A (Spring 2014) Meets on Thursdays at 12:00 pm ET from Mar. 6 to Mar. 27  (details)
Presenters: Erin Brown Conroy
Description: Note: This course tends to fill up early. We will add a second day/time if this course reaches maximum attendance by January 2014. 

Prerequisite: None 
Suggested grade level: 7th to 10th grade 
Fee: $45 if you register on or before Nov. 1, 2013. $55 after Nov. 1 for all 4 classes. 

Instructor: E. B. Conroy, MA 
Course description: This course is designed to help your student become strong, confident, and able to study for any high school level course with success. 

Course outline: 
Class 1: Active listening and how to take notes effectively 
Class 2: Active reading and how to study effectively 
Class 3: Critical reading skills for comprehension 
Class 4: Test-taking in a timed setting 

Course materials: All materials provided free from the instructor. 

Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 2 hours of outside-of-class work per week (reading and automated quizzes).
Add to calendarThursday, March 06, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$55.00

American Sign Language II (Level Two) -- Spring 2014 Meets on Tuesdays at 11:00 am ET from Mar. 11 to May 6 (7 remaining)  (details)
Presenters: Allison Gingras
Description: Note: This is Part Two of a 4-part course. New students are welcome to join us midyear. ASL III and IV will be offered again next school year. 

Prerequisite: ASL I or equivalent 
Suggested grade level: 6th to 9th, although older students are welcomed if they a strong desire to take this course. 
High school credit: 1/2 semester foreign language 

Fee: $110 if you enroll on or before Nov. 1, 2012. $130.00 after Nov. 1 for all 8 classes. 

Course description: This course is a second-level American Sign Language (ASL) course for those who would like a strong foundation in learning to communicate with American Sign Language. Students will learn how to use classifiers, mouth morphemes, and quantifiers, as well as identify and sign words used in everyday life and practice conversations. 

IMPORTANT! This course is a video course; it is a requirement that you have a web camera, so that you can interact and sign within the course learning time—with immediate feedback and encouragement. 

Course outline: 
Class 1: Learning classifiers 
Class 2: Classifiers in conversation 
Class 3: Learning mouth morphemes 
Class 4: Quantifiers: more or less? 
Class 5: Questions and feelings 
Class 6: Building Vocabulary: Nouns 
Class 7: Building Vocabulary: Verbs 
Class 8: Conversations 

Course materials: A working web cam is required (most newer computers have them built in). Everything else is provided FREE online from the instructor. 

Homework: Weekly practice of the signs and conversations covered in the course, watching videos of signing, and review within signed conversations during class time.
Add to calendarTuesday, March 11, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$130.00

American Sign Language IV (Level Four) -- Spring 2014 Meets on Thursdays at 11:00 am ET from Mar. 13 to May 8 (6 remaining)  (details)
Presenters: Allison Gingras
Description: Note: This is Part Four of a 4-part course. New students are welcome to join us midyear. 

Prerequisite: ASL III or equivalent 
Suggested grade level: 6th to 9th, although older students are welcomed if they a strong desire to take this course. 
High school credit: 1/2 semester foreign language 

Fee: $110 if you enroll on or before Nov. 1, 2012. $130.00 after Nov. 1 for all 8 classes. 

Course description: This course is a fourth-level American Sign Language (ASL) course for those who would like a strong foundation in learning to communicate with American Sign Language. 

IMPORTANT! This course is a video course; it is a requirement that you have a web cam, so that you can interact and sign within the course learning time—with immediate feedback and encouragement. 

Course outline: To be announced 

Course materials: A working web cam is required (most newer computers have them built in). Everything else is provided FREE online from the instructor. 

Homework: Weekly practice of the signs and conversations covered in the course, watching videos of signing, and review within signed conversations during class time.
Add to calendarThursday, March 13, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$130.00

Middle School Courses  


Simplified Writing for Middle School Students; Your All-Encompassing Foundational Middle School Writing Course (Spring 2014) Meets on Mondays at 4:00 pm ET from Feb. 17 to Apr. 7 (1 remaining)  (details)
Presenters: Lisa Mladinich
Description: $170 on or before Nov. 1, 2013, $190 after Nov. 1 for all 8 classes. 

Prerequisite: Elements of Writing for Middle School Students: Essential Punctuation and Grammar is required. Exceptions only with written permission from the instructor. 
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th 

Course description: This course is designed as a first writing course, to introduce students in middle school to the skills and habits that create a strong and clear writing foundation for high school writing from a Christian worldview. Students will learn how to write effective sentences and paragraphs, including the use of topic sentences, linear writing, and transitions; the purposes of writing, including expression, informing, and persuading; the effect of audience on writing; how to sculpt a piece of writing with direction, including the characteristics of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion; and practice writing with specific feedback from the instructor that leads to an increase in skill through rewriting. 

Course outline: 
Class 1: Writing for a purpose and audience: the “why” of writing 
Class 2: Great word choice: how to choose the “right” word 
Class 3: Strong sentences: how to write a great sentence 
Class 4: Clear paragraphs: what makes a great paragraph/linear writing that makes sense to the reader 
Class 5: Writing with direction: great introductions and the hook 
Class 6: Writing with direction: great introductions and the thesis 
Class 7: Writing with direction: the body (of your paper) and how to make it “shapely” 
Class 8: Writing with direction: the conclusion 

Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. Simplified Writing for Middle School Students by E. B. Conroy. Available from www.amazon.com (download the Kindle app for free to easily read on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPod, or mobile device). 

Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from the instructor, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework, outside of class time.
Add to calendarMonday, February 17, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$190.00

Middle School Writing II: Essays and Papers (Spring 2014) Meets on Thursdays at 1:00 pm ET from Feb. 20 to Apr. 10 (1 remaining)  (details)
Presenters: Lisa Mladinich
Description: Prerequisite: Simplified Writing for Middle School is required. Exceptions only with written permission from the instructor. 

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th 

Fee: $170 on or before Nov. 1, 2013, $190 after Nov. 1 for all 8 classes. Due to the advanced nature of the feedback, only 12 students are admitted to the course. 

Course description: This is a writing course for middle school students who have taken the Simplified Writing for Middle School Students course and want to put the foundational writing skills into critical practice, with specific feedback and coaching regarding how your student's writing can improve. Students will craft an essay and a short paper during the course. Attention will be given to writing with a Christian worldview. 

Course outline: 
Class 1: Writing structure and skill: practicing the introduction, hook, and thesis 
Class 2: Writing structure and skill: practicing outlines and the conclusion/concluding statements 
Class 3: Writing an essay: rough drafts 
Class 4: Writing a paper: five types of papers & practicing the introduction, hook, and thesis 
Class 5: Writing a paper: practicing outlines and concluding statements; revising an essay 
Class 6: Writing a paper: rough drafts; editing an essay 
Class 7: Revising a paper 
Class 8: Editing and formatting final papers 

Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. eBook: Simplified Writing for Middle School by E. B. Conroy. Available from www.amazon.com (download the Kindle app for free to easily read on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPod, or mobile device). 

Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from the instructor, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework outside of class time (depending on the student's individual processing, creating, and writing speed).
Add to calendarThursday, February 20, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$190.00

HIGH SCHOOL COURSES  


History: History & Culture of Imperial Russia  (details)

Course description: 

Beginning with ancient Russia and the medieval princes, we’ll study the major

developments that shaped Imperial Russia  through the Bolshevik

Revolution. We’ll cover the roots of Russian Christianity, the effect of

European influence, and the primary cultural and military development

under the Riurik and Romanov tsars. We’ll examine architecture, folk art,

music, and the key contributions of Russian authors Pushkin, Gogol,

Dostoevsky, and Tolstoi. We will also study factors that led to the fall

of the Romanov tsars and the rise of the Bolsheviks, And we'll end with a

look at the arts and culture in the early Soviet period.


Taught in an interactive weekly webinar, the course requires the viewing of a one-hour pre-recorded class session with Professor Carol in preparation for the webinar.  


The course also will feature a number of video

sequences filmed by Professor Carol in Russia.

Course outline (week by week):

  1. Russia & the West
  2. Orthodoxy in Music, Art, and Architecture
  3. Riuriks: The First Russian Dynasty
  4. Time of Troubles & the Early Romanovs (incl. Peter the Great)
  5. The Tsarinas & a Changing Russia
  6. Catherine the Great
  7. Napoleonic Russia
  8. Russia’s Strongest Voice: Pushkin
  9. The Golden Age of Russian
  10. Russian Realism
  11. Final Flowering of Imperial Russia
  12. The End of Imperial Russia & Revolution

Course materials
Suggested Text: Susanne Massie.   Land of the Firebird.  Hearttree Press, 1980.  Used and new copies (paperback and hard copy) are available at


http://www.amazon.com/Land-Firebird-The-Beauty-Russia/dp/096441841X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386708667&sr=8-1&keywords=massie+firebird

Homework:
In addition to the required pre-recorded class session in preparation of the weekly webinar, each unit contains a homework assignment that reinforces and expands the class sessions.  These assignments are rich in visual images, music, and clips from historical documentaries. Approximate time needed to devote to the assignments: 2 hours/week. Students should also allot 1-2 hours weekly for reading in Land of the Firebird.  

Tests:  A midterm and a final exam will be available.


Add to calendarMonday, February 10, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$140.00

Fiction Writing: Plot and Structure (Spring 2014) Meets on Thursdays at 10:30 am ET from Feb. 6 to Feb. 27 (7 remaining)  (details)
Presenters: Erin Brown Conroy
Description: $80 if you register on or before Nov. 1, 2013. $90 after Nov. 1st for all 4 classes. 

Series description: There are a total six parts to the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series. Students can jump into this continuing series at any time. Once you have completed all 6 mini-courses, you can have a completed book! Follow up with the 2-part Advanced Fiction Writing course to even write a better book! 

Prerequisite: None 
Suggested grade level: 7th to 12th 

Course description: This course teaches key components of writing a gripping plot for fiction books of any genre. Designed for writing fiction for middle grade, young adult, and adult plots, the course covers great openings (the opening line, hook, drop into action, and inciting incident); development (doors of no return, peaks, and the rising plot line); creating tension and intrigue; and the climax and finish. 

Course outline: 
Class 1: Great openings—the opening line, hook, drop into action, and inciting incident 
Class 2: Developing your plot—doors of no return, peaks, and the rising plot line 
Class 3: Creating tension and intrigue—tricks, tips, and “the plant” 
Class 4: Great endings—creating a strong climax and finish 

Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. All materials are provided FREE via the instructor. 

Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from Professor Brown Conroy, with an estimated five hours per week for homework, outside of class time that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback. 
Add to calendarThursday, February 06, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$90.00

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems (Human Biology in the Catholic Tradition) Spring 2014 Meets on Thursdays at 2:00 pm ET from Feb. 6 to May 1 (12 remaining)  (details)
Presenters: Kris Correira
Description: $160 if you register on or before November 1, 2013. $180 after Nov. 1st for all 10 lectures and 2 test dates. 


Total classes: 12 (10 classes plus 2 exams) 
Starting time: 2:15 pm ET with a 15 minute quiz available before most classes 
Duration: 60 minutes (plus 15 minutes for quiz) 
Prerequisite: None 
Suggested grade level: 9th through 12th grade 
Suggested high school credit: 1 
Fee: $180 
Instructor: Kris Correira 
Course description: Another course in the Human Biology in the Catholic Tradition series, this one focusing on the structure, function, and diseases of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. 
Course outline (week by week): 
• Heart Anatomy 
• Controlling the Heartbeat 
• The Vascular System 
• Circulation 
• Diseases of the Cardiovascular System 
• Exam 1 
• Respiratory Anatomy 
• Ventilation 
• pH and Acid-base Homeostasis 
• Respiration 
• Diseases of the Respiratory System 
• Exam 2 

Course materials: a free companion e-book will be provided 
Homework: Labs to be completed each week of varying length
Add to calendarThursday, February 06, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$180.00

Simplified Writing for High School Students; Your All-Encompassing Foundational High School Writing Course (Spring 2014) Meets on Mondays at 2:30 pm ET from Feb. 17 to Apr. 7 (3 remaining)  (details)
Presenters: Lisa Mladinich
Description: $170 if you register on or before Nov. 1. $190 after Nov. 1 for all 8 classes. 

Prerequisite: Elements of Writing for High School Students: Essential Punctuation and Grammar is required. Exceptions only with written permission from the instructor. 

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th 

Course description: Designed to give students skills that make writing strong and clear. Students learn how to perfect strong sentences and paragraphs; learn nine basic forms of rhetoric; focus on linear academic writing for a purpose; practice transitions and connectives, parallelism, paraphrasing, and summary; review punctuation as it influences excellence in writing (comma, semicolon, colon, and dash use); recognizing and correcting common grammar struggles; understand the characteristics of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion; learn prewriting, drafting, and editing skills; and practice sculpting a piece of writing with specific feedback from the instructor. 

Course outline: 
Class 1: Audience, purpose, and word choice 
Class 2: Perfecting strong sentence and paragraph construction 
Class 3: Nine forms of rhetoric (and what they have to do with great writing) 
Class 4: Linear writing for a purpose: more strong sentences and paragraphs 
Class 5: How to effectively use transitions/connectives and parallelism 
Class 6: Punctuation and excellent writing: the comma, colon, semicolon, and dash; conquering common grammar struggles 
Class 7: The introduction, body, and conclusion; prewriting for success 
Class 8: Drafting for success; editing and polishing your writing 

Course materials: Word 2007 or later. Simplified Writing for High School Students by E. B. Conroy. Available at www.amazon.com (download the Kindle app for free). 

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments and direct feedback from instructor, with an estimated five hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.
Add to calendarMonday, February 17, 2014 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$190.00

Literature: C. S. Lewis and Space Trilogy Meets on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm ET from Feb. 18 to Apr. 8 (5 remaining)  (details)
Presenters: Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
Description: NOTE: This course is limited to 12 students only. 

$90 if you register on or before Aug. 1, 2013. $1100 after Aug. 1st for all 8 classes. 

Prerequisite: Ability to read and enjoy the works. 

Suggested grade level: 10-12 

Suggested high school credit: ½ semester 

Course description: C.S. Lewis used his rich imagination to create a modern Christian myth based on medieval cosmology. The stories follow the fate of Elwin Ransom as he travels through the solar system in the midst of a great struggle between the spiritual forces of good and evil. This will be a discussion class. We will spend two weeks on each of the three volumes of the Space Trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. The focus will be both literary and philosophical. Be prepared to put your two cents worth in! 

Course outline: 
Week One: Introduction to Lewis and the Space Trilogy 
Week Two: Out of the Silent Planet 
Week Three: Out of the Silent Planet 
Week Four: Perelandra 
Week Five: Perelandra 
Week Six: That Hideous Stength 
Week Seven: That Hideous Strength 
Week Eight: Discussion of the entire series 

Course materials: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. 

Homework: Reading the stories. Fill out a literary worksheet on each book. Final paper on some aspect of the books. 
Add to calendarTuesday, February 18, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$110.00

Advanced Research Writing: Preparing for College (Spring 2014) Meets on Wednesdays at 11:30 am ET from Feb. 19 to May 7 (7 remaining)  (details)
Presenters: Sharon Weis
Description: Prerequisite: Simplified Writing for High School is required. Exceptions only with written permission from the instructor. 

Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th 

Fee: $210 if you register on or before Nov. 1. $230 after Nov. 1 for all 10 classes. Due to the advanced nature of the feedback, only 16 students are admitted to the course. 

Course description: This course will cover advanced research and writing methods for argumentative research writing, how to craft an advanced research paper, and understanding style guides (APA, CMS/Turabian, MLA, AP). A bibliography and research paper will be written during the course. 

Course outline: 

Class 1: What is research writing? Terms and methods. 

Class 2: Advanced research methods: Using libraries and the Internet. 

Class 3: Style guides and citations. 

Class 4: Creating a bibliography. 

Class 5: Creating your outline and thesis: advanced methods. 

Class 6: Prewriting: styles and completeness. 

Class 7: Outline with rough cut proofs. 

Class 8: The rough draft. 

Class 9: Revising and editing. 

Class 10: Final drafts. 

Course materials: Word 2007 or later version. eBooks: 1) Simplified Research Writing by EB Conroy; and 2) Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets for College Success by EB Conroy. Available from www.amazon.com (download the Kindle app for free to easily read on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPod, or mobile device). 

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments and direct feedback from the instructor, with an estimated four to five hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes researching, reading, writing, and responding to feedback.
Add to calendarWednesday, February 19, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$230.00

Fiction Writing: Description and Setting (Spring 2014) Meets on Thursdays at 10:30 am ET from Mar. 6 to Mar. 27 (7 remaining)  (details)
Presenters: Erin Brown Conroy
Description: $80 if you register on or before Nov. 1, 2013. $90 after Nov. 1st for all 4 classes. 

Series description: There are a total six parts to the Write Your Own Fiction Book Series. Students can jump into this continuing series at any time. Once you have completed all 6 mini-courses, you can have a completed book! Follow up with the 2-part Advanced Fiction Writing course to even write a better book! 

Prerequisite: None 
Suggested grade level: 7th to 12th 

Course description: This course teaches key components of using excellent description and crafting a strong and memorable setting for your fiction book. The course covers when a good writer uses description and setting (timing and amount of use); types of description (sensory, metaphor and simile, figures of speech, and literary techniques); principles and techniques of memorable settings; and how to integrate description and setting into plot, structure, and character development. 

Course outline: 
Class 1: Description and Setting: Timing and the Basics of their Use 
Class 2: Types of Description—The senses, metaphor and simile, figures of speech, and literary techniques 
Class 3: Principles and techniques of memorable settings (including examples to learn by) 
Class 4: How to integrate description and setting into plot, structure, and character development 

Course materials: All materials are provided FREE via the instructor. 

Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with direct feedback from Professor Brown Conroy, with an estimated five hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.
Add to calendarThursday, March 06, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$90.00

The Trinity Explained: Who Is God (Understanding Our Faith Series) Meets on Thursdays at 5:00 pm ET from Mar. 6 to May 1  (details)
Presenters: Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
Description: $90 if you register on or before Aug. 1, 2013. $110 after Aug. 1st for all 8 classes. 

No class on April 17th for Holy Thursday. 

Prerequisite: None 
Suggested grade level: 10-12 
Suggested high school credit: 1/2 semester Theology 

Course description: We are to love God with all our hearts. Not only that, we are made in His image. Who is this God we are to love? What is this image in which we are made? This course looks at what we can know about the triune God from reason, from the Bible, and from Church teaching. The emphasis is on the significance of these truths for our life as Catholics and as human beings. 

Course outline: 
Week One: Introduction: Made in the Image of God. 
Week Two: Natural knowledge of God: Proofs of God 
Week Three: God in the Bible: Old Testament 
Week Four: God in the Bible: New Testament 
Week Five: Trinity: What are the Son and the Spirit? 
Week Six: The Catholic doctrine I: Arius and the Divinity of Christ 
Week Seven: The Catholic Doctrine II: Augustine and Aquinas and the Trinity 
Week Eight: The Trinity and us. 

Course materials: Catechism of the Catholic Church, Bible 

Homework: Weekly readings from the Catechism. Weekly quizzes. Final. Grading provided by the instructor.
Add to calendarThursday, March 06, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Online
$110.00

 

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