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Wednesday, 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Modern History  
Teacher:  Kari Renkema
Age:  12 - 14
Prerequisites:  Ability to read (or listen to) and comprehend the required books and to interact with interesting concepts and ideas
Cost:  $240 tuition per year, paid in four $60 payments;
$35 copy/supply fee per year, paid in one $35 payment
Cost Details:  Includes notebook, maps, copies, readings, and project materials
Text:  1) The Story of the World, Volume 4: The Modern Age, From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR, by Susan Wise Bauer, ISBN: 978-0-9728603-3-8
2) Story of the World, Volume 4 Tests
3) The additional reading list may include: 
    a) A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (discussion of social issues raised by the Industrial Revolution)
    b) Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity, by Robert Cwiklik (a look at perspectives in modern science)
    c) The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom (WWII era)
    d) Red Scarf Girl, by Ji Li Jiang (cultural revolution in China, communism)
Description: This course covers world history from after the Napoleonic Age, through the Victorian era, the American Civil War and Reconstruction, European Colonialism, World Wars I and II, the rise and demise of the Cold War into the age of asymmetrical warfare.  We will explore the interaction of worldviews, culture, and philosophy through the lens of Christian faith.  This class explores history by integrating the study of people and places with ideas in art, science, music, and even math and philosophy!  Our "spine text" will be the final book in the "Story of the World" series by Susan Wise Bauer, but much more is covered in class that is not in the book.  Nearly every week, the teacher uses a PowerPoint slide show for teaching.  In addition, we will read good books and learn through discussing them.  At home, every week, the student will read and complete comprehension sheets (to be checked by the parents).  Parents are responsible for checking the weekly readings and worksheets. Occasionally, there will be map work, projects, and timelines to keep the work varied and interesting.  Grades available upon request.  Mrs. Renkema has taught history at the elementary school level through adult level and is flexible and happy to work with gifted students and students with learning disabilities. 
Last Modified:  Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 6:18:31 PM

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