Classes Offered

FALL 2017

Middle School, High School, and Elementary School levels!

Email me for more information about registration and locations!

For Elementary Schoolers (roughly 9 to 12) and For Middle Schoolers (11ish and up)

Egyptian Language and Translation (ages 12+)

Time: Wednesdays 10am – 11.15 pm

This is a serious study of the Egyptian language, far beyond learning a few hieroglyphs.  Students will learn the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Middle Egyptian, transliterate texts, and work on translations of literary texts and inscriptions.  Some secondary language background is helpful, but not required.  There are translation exercises offered each week for homework.  Students should come prepared to actively participate!

Price: $280 for 13 weeks ($250 for those also taking Egyptian History)

History of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia

Time: Wednesdays 11.15am – 12.45pm  ages 12 and up– or FRIDAYS 10:30-12 for age 9ish to 12

Dates: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, Dec 13 (no class on November 22)

Join us as we study the history of Egypt and Mesopotamia, from the beginnings to the conquest of Rome.  Specific themes include the development of civilization, the importance of the rivers in each civilization’s development, stories such as Gilgamesh and Sinuhe, the role of the gods and goddesses, events in various pharaoh’s reigns (by the end of class, everyone will be able to casually mention Nebhetepre Mentuhotep!), warfare, ancient magic, law (including Hammurabi’s Law Code), women and gender, math and science, and interconnections with the neighbors.  Issues in Egyptian and Mesopotamian history will continue into the winter session, where we will focus on Persia, India, China and various interconnections in the ancient world, and then we jump to the Americas in spring for Andean, Mayan, Aztec and Inkan history!

The museums are used as our visual aids, but class includes many primary source texts and other written materials. Homework is offered every week, but not offered in a coercive way:  in homeschooling spirit, homework assignments and projects are up to the style of each family.

Price: $335 for 13 weeks (fall).  Dates for winter and spring TBA.

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For High Schoolers (14ish and up)

Honors AP World:  Thursdays, 10 AM-12 PM beginning September 7

and/or

Honors AP United States History:  Wednesdays, 2-4 pm beginning September 13
Ages/grades:  approximately 10th grade and up, with exceptions made for younger, serious students. 

These classes are taught as honors level classes, similar to those in honors level high school classes.   They require homework, and attendance is required, so serious students only need apply.  Students will not only prepare for the AP or SAT subject tests in these areas, but will also build their portfolios for college admissions with written assignments (note:  students are not required to take the tests, but they will be prepared to take them should they choose to take them).  The class will be conducted as lecture and discussion, with some in-class writing assignments, quizzes and fact-recall game playing, too (such as the Jeopardy! and Pictionary games we’ve held in some classes).  A few museum trips also included.

Cost will be $360 for each term (fall and spring, 13 sessions each semester, and also includes all one on one meeting, materials, and museum visits).   Discount:  $700 if paid upfront for the year!

Approaches to Literature

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Dates: Tuesdays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12 (no class on November 7)

Approaches to Literature is a class for older teens, which is taught as a college seminar in style. Students vote on what to read (serious classical books or emerging classics commonly used in high school AP Literature curricula) and analyze these texts from political, philosophical, religious, and psychological standpoints. During the few previous sessions, students have read and discussed, among others, such books as Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” Hermann Hesse’s “Siddhartha,” Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” and “Happy Days,” as well as other seminal texts. Students must bring a copy of the text every session and be prepared to discuss the material. Optional writing assignments complement the discussion.

Price: $335 for 13 weeks

 

Sacred Texts and World Religions

Time: 12.45 – 2.15pm

Dates: Tuesdays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12 (no class on November 7)

This is a secular approach to the academic study of religion, using the text as a guide.  Texts on the list to be explored are the Quran, Hadith, New Testament, Gnostic texts, Tanak, Mishnah, Talmud, Zohar, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Analects, and more.  Decisions regarding where to start will be made on the first day based on student interest.  Students should be willing to keep up with the readings (audio versions are accepted, but students should be able to interact with the material).  We will also explore connections to art, cult and ritual, and visit a few places of religious interest (in the past, we have visited a mosque, church, and synagogue).

Price: $335 for 13 weeks

Egyptian Language and Translation (high school level)

Time: Fridays 3.45 – 5.00pm

Dates: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, Dec 13 (no class on November 22)

This is a serious study of the Egyptian language, far beyond learning a few hieroglyphs.  Students will learn the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Middle Egyptian, transliterate texts, and work on translations of literary texts and inscriptions.  Some secondary language background is helpful, but not required.  There are translation exercises offered each week for homework.  Students should come prepared to actively participate!

Price: $280 for 13 weeks ($250 for those also taking Egyptian History)

 

History of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (high school level)

Time: Fridays 5.30 – 7.00pm

Dates: September 8, 15, 22, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1, 8, 15 (no class on September 29 and November 24)

Join us as we study the history of Egypt and Mesopotamia, from the beginnings to the conquest of Rome.  Specific themes include the development of civilization, the importance of the rivers in each civilization’s development, stories such as Gilgamesh and Sinuhe, the role of the gods and goddesses, events in various pharaoh’s reigns (by the end of class, everyone will be able to casually mention Nebhetepre Mentuhotep!), warfare, ancient magic, law (including Hammurabi’s Law Code), women and gender, math and science, and interconnections with the neighbors.  Issues in Egyptian and Mesopotamian history will continue into the winter session, where we will focus on Persia, India, China and various interconnections in the ancient world, and then we jump to the Americas in spring for Andean, Mayan, Aztec and Inkan history!

Price: $335 for 13 weeks (fall).  Dates for winter and spring TBA.

Warfare and History  (Fall:  Focus on Ancient, up to Carthage)

Time:  Mondays 10:30-12

Dates:  September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, no November 27, December 4, December 11.

Price: $335 for 13 weeks (fall).  Dates for winter and spring TBA.

This class focuses on the dynamics of warfare, beginning with the ancients, and, by spring, assessing current examples of war. We will be studying the battles, tactics, equipment, notable leaders, and outcomes of ancient wars, using museum collections and primary source documents. Themes for fall include Egyptian warfare (including the annals and the Battle of Kadesh), Sun Tzu’s Art of War, war in literature (Homer), the hoplite phalanx, Sparta, Rome before and after Marius, and key battles and formations (naval battles, Marathon, Issus, Hannibal’s pincer movement at Cannae, etc).  The fall class is focused on the ancient, but we will make references to more modern engagements (Mongols, Napoleonic, World War II, etc), that reflect ancient parallels, too.

Teen Club:  CONTROVERSIES!

Controversies is a weekly meetup for teens interested in discussing politics, social issues and more.  It is not a formal debate class or team (for that, please see the postings offered by Michael Rhea, who hosts a popular debate class and debate team, the Word Warriors).  In Controversies, teens pick the topic and discuss in a (hopefully) respectful manner with their peers.  Free speech and open dialogue is stressed, and, yes!, there is usually an abundance of differing views.  I serve as the adult moderator, and do not interject my views or opinions, but keep the peace.

Controversies Club will be held on Tuesdays beginning September 12, 5:30-7 pm
Cost:  For fall semester, the club cost is $200, or $20 drop in fee.  This also entitles you to discounts on various one day classes, events, etc!