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20Spr_Hamilton_LAB_Th1130_HS

Note: This course is the optional LAB component for the Biology course with Dr. Hamilton. Students are required to also sign up for the Biology course.

This is Part Two of a two-part course.

It is offered in three different day/time slots so you can choose the day and time that is best for you and your homeschool.

Total Classes: 7

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Thursdays, 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

February 20 to April 2, 2020


Duration: 20 to 30 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Fee: Before Nov. 15th $37/ After Nov. 15th $57/ After Feb. 11th $77

Suggested Credit: One full semester Biology Lab.

Instructors: Christine Hamilton, PhD

Course Description: These labs are explicitly aligned with the Biology Part 2 classes. NOTE: Six of the seven LABS FOR BIOLOGY PART TWO WILL BE DISSECTION. If the student is in any way uncomfortable with hands on animal dissection, they should not sign up for this Lab.


Course Outline:

  • Week 1 Bread Mold – We get to grow our own mold colony on a slice of bread!

  • Week 2 Crayfish – Identify the external and internal anatomical features of a typical crustacean.

  • Week 3 Perch – Observe the external and internal features of the fish and their relationship to one another.

  • Week 4 Clam – Locate the external and internal features of the clam and be able to explain their purpose.

  • Week 5 Eye – Explore the structure and function of the bovine eye.

  • Week 6 Frog – Dissection giving the student an overview of organ systems of complex living things.

  • Week 7 Worm – Investigate basic anatomy and simple organ systems.

Course Materials and Technology: Student Dissection Kit (https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001ELQ6U2/catholictreas-20) and Eye Dissection Kit (https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007XE93LI/catholictreas-20. Access to a printer and scanner. Webcam, microphone and headset for students to engage in live labs.

Homework: All work is done in class, or student can opt to perform labs at home after class.

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Starts Starts: 2/20/2020 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/2/2020 12:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 7
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 35 seats
Closed Enrollment
20Spr_Hamilton_LAB_F230_HS
Total Classes:  7

Fridays, 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain, 11:30 Pacific)

February 21 to April 3, 2020

Duration: 20 to 30 minutes

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with Biology with Dr. Hamilton (live or recorded)

Suggested Credit: One full semester Biology Lab.

Instructors: Christine Hamilton, PhD



Course Description:These labs are explicitly aligned with the Biology Part 2 classes. NOTE: Six of the seven LABS FOR BIOLOGY PART TWO WILL BE DISSECTION. If the student is in any way uncomfortable with hands on animal dissection, they should not sign up for this Lab.

Course Outline:

  • Week 1 Bread Mold – We get to grow our own mold colony on a slice of bread!

  • Week 2 Crayfish – Identify the external and internal anatomical features of a typical crustacean.

  • Week 3 Perch – Observe the external and internal features of the fish and their relationship to one another.

  • Week 4 Clam – Locate the external and internal features of the clam and be able to explain their purpose.

  • Week 5 Eye – Explore the structure and function of the bovine eye.

  • Week 6 Frog – Dissection giving the student an overview of organ systems of complex living things.

  • Week 7 Worm – Investigate basic anatomy and simple organ systems.

Course Materials and Technology: Student Dissection Kit (https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001ELQ6U2/catholictreas-20) and Eye Dissection Kit (https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007XE93LI/catholictreas-20). Access to a printer and scanner. Webcam, microphone and headset for students to engage in live labs.

Homework: All work is done in class, or student can opt to perform labs at home after class.

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Starts Starts: 2/21/2020 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/3/2020 3:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 7
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 35 seats
Closed Enrollment
20Spr_Mladinich_Writing9-4_M1130_HS

“What Courses Should My Student Take?”

-- To help determine the best writing courses for your students(s), please go to the Table of Contents at the front of this catalog and view the “Aquinas Writing Advantage Scope and Sequence.”

-- You may also take the Aquinas Writing Advantage Writing Evaluations found on the website at https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

-- For personal assistance, feel free to email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com at any time.



-- This course is scheduled during five different time slots in the spring semester; choose the best time that fits your family’s schedule.

-- This is Part Two of a two-part course. Take both courses – 9-3 and 9-4 – to receive one full semester of credit (14 weeks of classes).

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Mondays, 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

February 24 to April 20, 2020. (No class April 6 (Holy Week).)



Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Exceptions are granted only with written permission from the instructor or a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage writing evaluation (https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations).

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course before finishing high school.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2019. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. ($217 after February 11)

Instructors: Lisa Mladinich

Course Description: The Five Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years. This course helps your student understand and practice writing essays in the Five Paragraph Essay form – and then takes the student far beyond the basic five-paragraph form – so your student can learn exactly what to do, to make an essay exceptional. Students will craft essays and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the reader’s attention and flow easily from beginning to end, with strong and convincing meaning for the reader.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question; taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: At this time, all materials are provided FREE within the course. Additional books may be required at an additional cost of under $20. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. Email us if you need assistance.

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 2/24/2020 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/20/2020 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
Closed Enrollment
20Spr_Donlon_Writing6/7-4_M1130_MS

“What Courses Should My Student Take?”

-- To help determine the best writing courses for your students(s), please go to the Table of Contents at the front of this catalog and view the “Aquinas Writing Advantage Scope and Sequence.”

-- You may also take the Aquinas Writing Advantage Writing Evaluations found on the website at https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

-- For personal assistance, feel free to email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com at any time.



-- This course, a continuation of the Writing Essentials series for 6/7 students. There are three available time slots to take this course in the spring.

-- This is Part Two of a two-part course. Take the Essentials 3 and 4 courses together, to receive one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes).

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Mondays, 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

February 24 to March 30, 2020


Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Writing Essentials 3: Punctuation and Grammar II (MS 6/7-3) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade

Fee: $127 if you register on or before November 15, 2019. $147 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. ($167 after February 11)

Instructors: Bonnie Donlon

Course Description: Give your middle school student this essential writing course and continue creating well-crafted sentences and paragraphs using specific nouns, strong verbs, appropriate adjectives and adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Special emphasis will be placed on using words correctly in systems of testing, such as standardized tests and the student’s ability to identify improper word choice and make the corrections.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Identifying and building on specific nouns and strong verbs in sentences

  • Class 2: Identifying and building on appropriate adjectives and adverbs in sentences

  • Class 3: Identifying and correctly using prepositions, prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures within sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 4: How to easily identify incorrect usage in standardized tests

  • Class 5: Creating paragraphs with strong transitions and connectives

  • Class 6: Critical know-how for writing multi-paragraph essays

Course Materials: All course materials are included FREE in this course.

Homework: Estimated one to three hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability. All writing assignments are graded by the instructor.


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Starts Starts: 2/24/2020 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 3/30/2020 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
20Spr_Pyne_Ballad_T530_HS

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates: Tuesdays, February 25 to April 21. (No class April 7 (Holy Week))

Starting Time: 5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central; 3:30 Mountain; 2:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 10th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Literature

Fee: Before Nov. 15th $87/ After Nov. 15th $107/ After Feb 18th $127

Instructor: Gregory Pyne

Course Description: Explore the historical, mythical, and contemporary meaning of the last, great English epic poem.  Join Mr. Pyne as he unpacks this legend of King Alfred against the warring Vikings in this eight-week course. Release your inner warrior!

Course Materials: The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton, Seton Press edition (available from www.setonbooks.com or www.chesterton.org.

Homework: Weekly reading of primary text is expected, as well as supplied secondary sources (usually through PDF files provided free by the instructor), which expound on particular themes or ideas presented in the text. Weekly automated quizzes for immediate feedback.

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Starts Starts: 2/25/2020 5:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/21/2020 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
20Spr_Mladinich_Writing9-4_T230_HS

“What Courses Should My Student Take?”

-- To help determine the best writing courses for your students(s), please go to the Table of Contents at the front of this catalog and view the “Aquinas Writing Advantage Scope and Sequence.”

-- You may also take the Aquinas Writing Advantage Writing Evaluations found on the website at https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

-- For personal assistance, feel free to email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com at any time.



-- This course is scheduled during five different time slots in the spring semester; choose the best time that fits your family’s schedule.

-- This is Part Two of a two-part course. Take both courses – 9-3 and 9-4 – to receive one full semester of credit (14 weeks of classes).

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Tuesdays, 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)

February 25 to April 21, 2020. (No class April 7 (Holy Week).)



Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Exceptions are granted only with written permission from the instructor or a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage writing evaluation (https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations).

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course before finishing high school.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2019. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. ($217 after February 11)

Instructors: Lisa Mladinich

Course Description: The Five Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years. This course helps your student understand and practice writing essays in the Five Paragraph Essay form – and then takes the student far beyond the basic five-paragraph form – so your student can learn exactly what to do, to make an essay exceptional. Students will craft essays and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the reader’s attention and flow easily from beginning to end, with strong and convincing meaning for the reader.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question; taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: At this time, all materials are provided FREE within the course. Additional books may be required at an additional cost of under $20. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. Email us if you need assistance.

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 2/25/2020 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/21/2020 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
20Spr_Donlon_Writing6/7-4_T1000_MS

“What Courses Should My Student Take?”

-- To help determine the best writing courses for your students(s), please go to the Table of Contents at the front of this catalog and view the “Aquinas Writing Advantage Scope and Sequence.”

-- You may also take the Aquinas Writing Advantage Writing Evaluations found on the website at https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

-- For personal assistance, feel free to email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com at any time.



-- This course, a continuation of the Writing Essentials series for 6/7 students. There are three available time slots to take this course in the spring.

-- This is Part Two of a two-part course. Take the Essentials 3 and 4 courses together, to receive one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes).

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Tuesdays, 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)

February 25 to March 31, 2020


Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Writing Essentials 3: Punctuation and Grammar II (MS 6/7-3) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade

Fee: $127 if you register on or before November 15, 2019. $147 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. ($167 after February 11)

Instructors: Bonnie Donlon

Course Description: Give your middle school student this essential writing course and continue creating well-crafted sentences and paragraphs using specific nouns, strong verbs, appropriate adjectives and adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Special emphasis will be placed on using words correctly in systems of testing, such as standardized tests and the student’s ability to identify improper word choice and make the corrections.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Identifying and building on specific nouns and strong verbs in sentences

  • Class 2: Identifying and building on appropriate adjectives and adverbs in sentences

  • Class 3: Identifying and correctly using prepositions, prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures within sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 4: How to easily identify incorrect usage in standardized tests

  • Class 5: Creating paragraphs with strong transitions and connectives

  • Class 6: Critical know-how for writing multi-paragraph essays

Course Materials: All course materials are included FREE in this course.

Homework: Estimated one to three hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability. All writing assignments are graded by the instructor.


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Starts Starts: 2/25/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 3/31/2020 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
20Spr_Weis_Writing9-4_F1000_HS

“What Courses Should My Student Take?”

-- To help determine the best writing courses for your students(s), please go to the Table of Contents at the front of this catalog and view the “Aquinas Writing Advantage Scope and Sequence.”

-- You may also take the Aquinas Writing Advantage Writing Evaluations found on the website at https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

-- For personal assistance, feel free to email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com at any time.



-- This course is scheduled during five different time slots in the spring semester; choose the best time that fits your family’s schedule.

-- This is Part Two of a two-part course. Take both courses – 9-3 and 9-4 – to receive one full semester of credit (14 weeks of classes).

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Fridays, 10:00 AM (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)

February 28 to April 24, 2020. (No class April 10 (Holy Week).)



Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Exceptions are granted only with written permission from the instructor or a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage writing evaluation (https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations).

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course before finishing high school.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2019. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. ($217 after February 11)

Instructors: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Course Description: The Five Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years. This course helps your student understand and practice writing essays in the Five Paragraph Essay form – and then takes the student far beyond the basic five-paragraph form – so your student can learn exactly what to do, to make an essay exceptional. Students will craft essays and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the reader’s attention and flow easily from beginning to end, with strong and convincing meaning for the reader.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question; taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: At this time, all materials are provided FREE within the course. Additional books may be required at an additional cost of under $20. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. Email us if you need assistance.

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 2/28/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 4/24/2020 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 13 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
20Fall_Donaghy_BoysMen_T1130_HS

This course for young gentlemen is offered twice this semester. Once for middle school and once for high school. This is the high school course.

This course for young gentlemen compliments Lisa Mladinich’s True Radiance! Discovering Your Authentic Beauty course for young ladies.

Class Dates: Tuesdays, March 3 to April 14, 2020. (No class April 7 (Holy Week).)

Starting Time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 AM Central; 9:30 AM Mountain; 8:30 AM Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Have read or listened to Lord of the Rings

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Fee: $97 if you register on or before November 15, 2018. $117 if you register after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. ($137 if you register after Feb. 24)

Total Classes: 6

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Theology. For a full semester sign up for another theology or philosophy course.

Instructor: Bill Donaghy

Course Description: This is a course blending faith, literature, life, and the masculine mission for middle school to high school level boys. The works and letters of J.R.R. Tolkien as well as various writings of the saints, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Pope Benedict XVI and St. John Paul II will be used to shine a light on the masculine mission of being 1) aware and awake to the wonders of the world 2) a caretaker of the garden of the world, 3) a brother to all in a shared humanity 4) a guardian and defender of the good, the true and the beautiful 5) a steward and protector of the family

Course Outline:

“It's a living hymn to mercy, humility and the power of Divine Providence. It isn't a fantasy epic but an epic of virtue… There are so many lessons and examples of perseverance, courage and many other virtues, so necessary for a person of faith…  - Sr. Magdalen, Carmelite sister


Week 1: The Soil of the Shire is Deep

Being rooted in reality is the place to begin. “It is best to love first what you are fitted to love, I suppose: you must start somewhere and have some roots, and the soil of the Shire is deep. Still there are things deeper and higher; and not a gaffer could tend his garden in what he calls peace but for them, whether he knows about them or not.” (Samwise Gamgee)

  • Week 2: Born into Battle

We are all of us born into a battlefield between good and evil, and boyhood is our bootcamp. But what is the fighting for? “War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” (Faramir, Two Towers)

  • Week 3: The Road Goes Ever On and On

A boy is called out and discovers himself in the gift of himself. “He used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. ‘It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,’ he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.’” (Frodo, of Bilbo)

  • Week 4: The Rightly Ordered Heart

What does a young man do with the desires of his heart and the attraction of the senses? Where should our passion be placed? 'In many ways,' answered the wizard. 'It is far more powerful than I ever dared to think at first, so powerful that in the end it would utterly overcome anyone of mortal race who possessed it. It would possess him.’” (Gandalf, Fellowship of the Ring)

  • Week 5: The Fellowship of the Ring

Brotherhood, good friends and encouragement must be part of a boy’s life. The truth that we are not alone but move toward a common purpose is key. “'Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.’” (Aragorn)

  • Week 6: There and Back Again

Where does the journey lead and where will it end? Family, fatherhood, and the vocation of a man. “And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap. He drew a deep breath. "Well, I'm back," he said.” (Sam’s return home, Return of the King)

Course materials:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: One Volume by J.R.R. Tolkien (http://a.co/4arbceW)

Suggested further reading (optional):

  1. J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-Earth by Bradley J. Birzer Link: (http://a.co/elsA6Ed)

  2. The Philosophy of Tolkien by Peter Kreeft Link: (http://a.co/amNbNrO)

Homework:

  1. Humanum video studies and reflection essays on masculinity and archetypes will be given (http://www.eccefilms.com/humanum/)

  2. Study on what makes LOTR a “profoundly Catholic and religious work” (Tolkien’s own words) will be undertaken.

  3. Assigned readings and short essay assessments will be given.

  4. Assignments involving character studies and their application to the saints and the life of virtue will be undertaken.

  5. “Choosing My Fellowship: A Band of Brothers” Project. Who would you want on the journey with you? 4 LOTR characters, and 4 saints.


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Starts Starts: 3/3/2020 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/14/2020 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 8 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
20Spr_Weis_Writing9-4_W1000_HS

“What Courses Should My Student Take?”

-- To help determine the best writing courses for your students(s), please go to the Table of Contents at the front of this catalog and view the “Aquinas Writing Advantage Scope and Sequence.”

-- You may also take the Aquinas Writing Advantage Writing Evaluations found on the website at https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

-- For personal assistance, feel free to email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com at any time.



-- This course is scheduled during five different time slots in the spring semester; choose the best time that fits your family’s schedule.

-- This is Part Two of a two-part course. Take both courses – 9-3 and 9-4 – to receive one full semester of credit (14 weeks of classes).

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)

March 4 to April 29, 2020. (No class April 8 (Holy Week).)



Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Exceptions are granted only with written permission from the instructor or a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage writing evaluation (https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations).

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course before finishing high school.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2019. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. ($217 after February 11)

Instructors: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Course Description: The Five Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years. This course helps your student understand and practice writing essays in the Five Paragraph Essay form – and then takes the student far beyond the basic five-paragraph form – so your student can learn exactly what to do, to make an essay exceptional. Students will craft essays and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the reader’s attention and flow easily from beginning to end, with strong and convincing meaning for the reader.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question; taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: At this time, all materials are provided FREE within the course. Additional books may be required at an additional cost of under $20. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. Email us if you need assistance.

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 3/4/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 4/29/2020 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
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This is Part Four of a four-part course series. Students can sign up for just one, all four, or anywhere in between. Parts One and Two are offered in the fall. Parts Three and Four are offered in the Spring.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates: Thursdays, March 5th to April 16, 2020 No class April 9th

Starting Time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: No class prerequisite. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.

Suggested Grade Level: 5th to 8th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester Literature or History (register for LHTL: Ancient Era 3 for one full semester)

Fee: Before Nov. 15th $99 / After Nov. 15th $119 / After Jan. 9th $139

Instructor: Jackie de Laveaga, M.Ed.

Course Description: Living History Through Literature is a project-based course series offered to 5th through 8th grade students. These courses will weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In LHTL: Ancient History 4, we meet Daniel, a fierce, hotheaded young man bent on avenging his father’s death by forcing the Romans from his land of Israel. Daniel’s palpable hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the gentle lessons of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth.

Students will explore the characteristics of a great hero while learning about America’s history. Students will study the historical context of the novel and participate in engaging literature discussions. In this project-based course, students will engage in short quizzes and in projects of their choice. Project options will include fiction writing, preparing period-specific food and/or costumes, creating lap books, recreating scenes from the novel (Legos, clay, K’nex, digital drawing, hand-drawing, etc.), building a timeline, mapping, and more.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Overview of Historical Context and Novel Introduction

  • Class 2: Literature Discussion Project Introduction

  • Class 3: Literature Discussion Cultural Overview

  • Class 4: Literature Discussion Fiction Writing Tips

  • Class 5: Literature Discussion Final Project Instructions

  • Class 6 Literature Analysis and Historical Connections Student Project Showcase

Course Materials: The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, ISBN-10# 0395137195 or ISBN-13# 978-0395137192. Purchase new from your favorite bookseller or used from BookFinder.com.

Homework: Weekly quizzes and reading assignments. Each week, students will work on one project-based assignment that will culminate in a final novel project submission (due at the end of week 6). Homework (including novel reading) will take 1.5-3 hours per week. Parents are encouraged to support younger students by reading texts aloud and helping with project planning and execution.

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Starts Starts: 3/5/2020 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/16/2020 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Status Status: 9 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 26 seats
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Total Classes: 8

Class Dates: Mondays, March 9 to May 4. (No class April 6 (Holy Week).)

Starting Time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: 2/3 semester Theology or Apologetics. For a full semester credit, register for another theology or philosophy course. Mr. Michuta can also provide an additional reading list.

Fee: $112 if you register on or before November 15, 2018. $132 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. ($152 after March 2nd )

Instructor: Gary Michuta

Course Description: This course is based on the teacher's latest work "Hostile Witnesses: How the Historic Enemies of the Church Prove Christianity." We will look at the ancient enemies of Catholicism from early pagan historians, rabbinical writings, anti-Christian apologists, and even members of the Nazi party to see how they unintentionally affirm certain key truths about Christ and His Church. This course will not only demonstrate that the truth of Christianity and the Catholic Faith is sound, but it will also enhance their knowledge of Church history.

Course Outline:

  • Class #1 - How Can Someone Who Was Hostile To the Faith Be A Witness for It?

  • Class #2 - New Testament Hostile Witnesses

  • Class #3 - Early Pagan Historians On Christ and His Church

  • Class #4 - The Greatest Enemies, Part 1.

  • Class #5 - The Greatest Enemies, Part 2.

  • Class #6 - How Later Hostile Witnesses Debunk Myths about the Inquisition / Crusades

  • Class #7 - Hostile Witnesses to Miracles

  • Class #8 - What the Nazis Thought About Catholicism and the Pope.

Course Materials:  Hostile Witnesses: How the Historic Enemies of the Church Prove Christianity (Catholic Answers Press) by Gary Michuta.

Homework: Reading and weekly quizzes to reinforce learning. Quizzes are automated for immediate feedback.

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Starts Starts: 3/9/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 5/4/2020 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Status Status: 10 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
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