Month: April 2011

Language Arts and Philosophy: The Trivium

The Rolling Acres School

(10th-12th grade) September 5-December 23; Live class meets Thursdays at 3:30 pm ET.

Instructor: Kenneth Rolling. This course uses the wonderful book by Sr. Miriam Joseph, The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric: Understanding the Nature and Function of Language, to thoroughly invigorate the study of language. This class will explore the very nature of language, progress through the construction of propositions and arguments, consider the various fallacies, and inquire into the art of persuasion, all while keeping the goal of language firmly in mind: truth. Homework will include weekly readings, memorization, worksheets, and quizzes. There will be a final test and a paper dealing with a predetermined topic, which will be submitted in two drafts.

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Fall History for Grades 10-12: The Classical Mind

The Rolling Acres School

(10th-12th grade) September 5-December 23; Live class meets Thursdays at 12:30 pm ET.

Instructor: Kenneth Rolling. In this class we will engage with the great works of literature, history, and philosophy of the Greek and Roman cultures in order to attempt to grasp how they thought about some of the big questions and how their thinking has helped to make us who we are today. Readings will include Homer, Herodotus, the pre-Socratic philosophers, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Virgil, among others. Homework will include weekly readings, study questions, and written reflections. An argumentative paper dealing with a predetermined question will be submitted in two drafts.

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Fall History Course: The Greeks

The Rolling Acres School

(7th-9th grade) September 5-December 23; Live class meets Wednesdays at 12:30 pm ET.

Instructor: Kenneth Rolling. The Greeks provide us with many of the known firsts or bests of Western Civilization: mathematicians, astronomers, poets, philosophers, statesmen, and historians. This course provides a combination of a narrative of Greek history from the earliest times up until the rise of Rome with a thematic focus on just such intellectual and artistic achievers. The idea of enquiry will be the backbone concept of the course: the Greeks provide examples of how to begin to ask questions about things we all see and do every day that lead directly to many modern sciences and arts. A brief introduction to the Greek alphabet and language will be included. Homework will include weekly readings, quizzes, language activities, map assignments, and timeline assignments. There will be three writing assignments and a midterm and final test. A semester project involving the writing of a history based on primary sources will culminate the semester.

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Fall Grammar Course

The Rolling Acres School

(7th-9th grade) September 5-December 23; Live class meets Wednesdays at 3:30 pm ET.

Instructor: Kenneth Rolling. This class begins with the very idea of words – what they are and do. We will review the parts of speech and the rules for each of these. Time will be spent learning tenses, prepositions, and common errors. Students will learn to construct elegant sentences and analyze difficult ones into diagrams. The vocabulary of grammar, so important for non-English language studies, will be introduced and reinforced. Customs of proper usage will be discussed as well. Homework will include weekly readings, memorization, worksheets, and quizzes. There will be three writing assignments and a midterm and final test.

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