Middle School Courses

Ages 12-15

Middle School Literature

Semester 1: Love, Marriage, and Family

Description: This course will explore the themes of love, marriage, and family life through various extracts from literary classics. Students will be studying the theme, character as well as writing techniques used by the author to engage the reader. Students will explore how the cultural context and the Christian belief of the writers influence the telling of these stories. Students will be assessed via analytical essays and creative writing tasks.

Times: T, F 2:10-3:10 PM ET

Required Text: “Maria Morevna “(Russian folk tale), Romeo and Juliet, Children of the New Forest,
Little Women. All texts will be provided.

Semester 2: Heroes, Legends, and Adventure

Description: This course will be exploring the themes of heroism, legends and adventures through various extracts from literary classics. Students will be studying theme, character as well as the writing techniques used by the author to engage the reader. Students will explore how the cultural context and the Christian belief of the writers influence the telling of these stories. Students will be assessed via analytical essays, creative writing tasks and an oral presentation on ‘My Hero’. 

Times: T, F 2:10-3:10 PM ET
Required Text:  King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood, Huckleberry Finn, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. All texts will be provided.

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Middle School Literature: Semester 2: Heroes, Legends and Adventure

Description: This course will be exploring the themes of heroism, legends and adventures through various extracts from literary classics. Students will be studying theme, character as well as the writing techniques used by the author to engage the reader. Students will explore how the cultural context and the Christian belief of the writers influence the telling of these stories. Students will be assessed via analytical essays, creative writing tasks and an oral presentation on ‘My Hero’. 

Times: T, F 2:10-3:10 PM ET
Required Text:  King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood, Huckleberry Finn, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. All texts will be provided.

Logic II

Description:  In this course, students will continue their study of logic.  This will be a multi-faceted course. We will concern ourselves with the Orthodox view of logic. We will consider examples from the Fathers of the Church, looking at their use of logic.
Times: W 12-12:30PM ET and TH 12-12:30PM ET
Required Text: Traditional Logic II, Martin Cothran, published by Memoria Press. Students will need to purchase both text and workbook.

Classical Composition: Chreia/Maxim

Description: In the third stage of the progymnasmata (stages leading up to the study of rhetoric), the rhetorical element of the students’ composition training becomes more obvious. In Chreia/Maxim, they learn to write a persuasive essay about a saying from a famous figure (chreia) or proverb (maxim). They do this by using the six heads of development (encomium, paraphrase, cause, converse, analogy, example, testimony, and epilogue), which are different ways of explaining something. They also continue to use the paraphrasing skills they’ve built up from the Fable and Narrative stages. They also learn more grammatical concepts, such as sentence complements and using the active and passive voice. 
Times: T,W 9-9:50AM ET, F 11-11:50AM ET
Required Text: English Grammar Recitation III, Published by Memoria Press. All other materials will be provided.

History for the Orthodox Christian I: Genesis to Exodus

Description: It almost goes without saying that it is important to study history. Yet, for the Orthodox Christian, the study of history has become an ideological minefield. One can read book after book on world history or western civilization. These textbooks leave the young reader with the impression that Christianity is a tool of oppression, that the sacred history in the Old and New Testaments is more myth than fact. In this class, we will approach the study of history from an Orthodox point of view. Indeed, Orthodoxy will be the foundation for all of our studies.
Times: W 2-2:50PM ET,  F 1-1:50PM ET
Required Text: The Law of God, Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy; Bible (KJV); The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome, Susan Wise Bauer

 

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REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Fall Semester Dates: September 12th-December 30th (New Style)

Spring Semester Dates: January 16th-June 16th (New Style)

There are two payment options:

1) Two payments of $400 (per course) at the start of each semester, or

2) One payment of $725 (per course) at the beginning of the first semester (a $75 value!).

 

For more information about classes, please email orthodoxeducationalinitiative@gmail.com or call 215-987-2655